National Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Call for Nominations

Recently, the IACP received information from Attorney General Eric Holder soliciting nominations for the National Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor.

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The Medal of Valor is awarded and presented by the President of the United States, in the name of the United States Congress, and is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. Recipients of the Medal are chosen for their extraordinary courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. Five recipients of the award are chosen each year.

To be considered for the 2009 Medal of Valor:

  • An officer must be nominated for actions that occurred between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009.
  • Nominations must be submitted online by the chief executive officer of the nominee’s employing department.
  • Nominations must be received by the DOJ no later then 8 p.m., EDT, July 31, 2009.

As police leaders, we all know how important it is to recognize law enforcement officers who have distinguished themselves by performing courageous acts, which go above and beyond the call of duty, to save the life of a citizen.

Agencies are encouraged to nominate any individual that has displayed such selfless courage.

For additional information the Medal of Valor program including link to the online application form, please visit