Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Nominations
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that December 15, 2010 will be the opening of the first Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Nomination Period. Enacted in 2008, the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act (the Act) honors federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers for exceptional acts of bravery while in the line of duty. To submit an officer nomination, please click here.
According to the Act, public safety officers that meet the following definition are eligible to receive the Congressional Badge of Bravery. Officers must be:
A federal, state, local, or tribal law enforcement officer(s) nominated by his or her agency head, who:
• Sustained a physical injury while—
o Engaged in the lawful duties of the individual;
o Performing an act characterized as bravery by the
agency head making the nomination; and
o Put the individual at personal risk when the injury
• While not injured, performed an act characterized as bravery by the agency head making the nomination that placed the individual at risk of serious physical injury or death.
Law enforcement agency heads looking to recognize an officer must submit a nomination between December 15, 2010 and February 15, 2011 through the online system, available at www.ojp.gov/BJA/CBOB. Those selected to be recipients will be awarded a Congressional Badge of Bravery for acts of bravery performed between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.
For more information about the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Program or the nomination process, please visit www.ojp.gov/BJA/CBOB.