Badges Across America photographer snapping here

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

Charlie Simmons carried a gun for almost three decades as a cop. He now carries a camera to shoot photos of law enforcement officers on the job, and he is in the process of photographing the Uvalde Police Department.   

Simmons began taking photos while working at a Colorado sheriff’s office in 2011, after realizing he possessed few photos of himself working throughout his career. His first photos depicted his coworkers at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. He soon began creating short photo montage videos, which were met with great enthusiasm by his coworkers and their families.

Now Simmons and his wife, Tricia, are journeying across the U.S. in a trailer, donating their time to telling the story of the men and women behind the badges. They have been in Texas since October with their non-profit organization, Badges Across America, which chronicles the lives of law enforcement.

According to the website,, in 2016, his photo “Storm,” which depicts a motorcycle unit running radar after a storm, won first place in the patrol category in the National Sheriff Association’s annual photo contest, and one of his photos was used on the cover of K-9 Cops Magazine.    


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