IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year


Application process is now CLOSED.  Please check back for awardee information on the IACP website in mid to late August 2013.

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.


Recipients will be recognized at the IACP's Annual Conference, in particular as guests of honor at the IACP Foundation's Annual Fundraising Gala where one Police Officer of the Year will be named from the group of four finalists.  Following the Gala, on Monday morning, the Police Officer of the Year will be honored at the IACP's First General Assembly.

Additionally, the officers will be featured in Police Chief Magazine in follow-on coverage from the Annual Conference.

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.

We're sorry, but posthumous nominations are not eligible.

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

The time frame for eligibility for events is between July 31, 2012 and June 28, 2013

Deadline for submissions has passed.  Application process is closed.



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