IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year


The IACP is proud to once again partner with Target to recognize exemplary performance in professional policing from law enforcement agencies both domestically and internationally

As the most prestigious law enforcement award of the IACP, the Police Officer of the Year Award recognizes outstanding and heroic achievement among police officers across the globe and highlights the sacrifices made daily by law enforcement’s finest.  Four finalists will be selected, one of which will be named the Police Officer of the Year.

The application process is now CLOSED.  The four finalists will be announced by:
Friday, August 22, 2014

Four finalists will be chosen and each will receive:

  • All-expense paid trip to IACP 2014 in Orlando, Florida, for nominee and one guest.
  • Recognition at IACP's Foundation Gala, where one finalist will receive the Police Officer of the Year Award.
  • Recognition of Police Officer of the Year at the First General Assembly.
  • Featured article in Police Chief Magazine.

Eligibility Requirements:

All sworn, full-time police officers below the rank of chief are eligible. Nominations may be made for exceptional achievement in any police endeavor, including but not limited to, extraordinary valor, crime prevention, investigative work, community relations, traffic safety, drug control and prevention, juvenile programs, and training efforts.

Unfortunately, posthumous nominations are not eligible. Also, one nomination per department is recommended.

Applications are accepted from across the globe and all nominations will be considered equally by an independent team of judges.  

The time frame for eligible events is
June 29, 2013 through July 17, 2014.

Click here for application.

For questions, please contact Amanda Burstein at burstein@theiacp.org.


2013 Police Officer of the Year Recipient:

Trooper Timothy Strohmeyer, Pennsylvania State Police


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