Awards Programs

The California Peace Officers’ Association annually recognizes law enforcement professionals and those who support the profession through the highly coveted Annual Awards Program now at ADVANCE. Submissions are due by May 31, 2019.

Click on ‘More’ after the award name below to view its purpose and eligibility requirements.

Trailblazer Award

The Trailblazer Award is presented annually to a woman working in law enforcement (sworn or non-sworn) who has made outstanding contributions to her profession and/or professional organization. A secondary consideration is her contribution to the California community as a volunteer. The community service may be in any sector (human services, the arts, civic, political) but must be as a volunteer and not as an employee or elected official.

To nominate an individual, please submit the following:

Trailblazer Award

The Trailblazer Award is presented annually to a woman working in law enforcement (sworn or non-sworn) who has made outstanding contributions to her profession and/or professional organization. A secondary consideration is her contribution to the California community as a volunteer. The community service may be in any sector (human services, the arts, civic, political) but must be as a volunteer and not as an employee or elected official.

To nominate an individual, please submit the following:

  • Professional Statement (500 words or less)
    – How has the nominee uniquely contributed to the development and success of her profession and the organization within which she works?- – How has the nominee demonstrated initiative and leadership qualities within her profession?
  • Role Model Statement (500 words or less)
    In what manner has the nominee served as a role model for other women in her chosen profession?
  • Community Service Statement (250 words or less)
    Please summarize the nominee’s community service. Consider the following:
    Nominee’s volunteer commitments(s)
    – Organization(s)
    – Dates
    – Responsibilities
    – Significant contributions
    Manner in which nominee has shared expertise with others
    Demonstrations of leadership in the community
  • Outstanding Achievements and/or Accomplishments (OPTIONAL)

Sherman Block Memorial Law Enforcement Professional of the Year

This award recognizes California law enforcement leaders who, like Sheriff Block, have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of dedicated service to their departments, their community, and to the law enforcement profession. With this award, CPOA selects to recognize a leader who exemplifies the Association’s values and mission.

This individual is selected by the CPOA Board of Directors and is a featured presentation during the program.


Award of Valor

Recognition for extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty. Public safety officers must have exhibited extraordinary courage, decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life. This award recognizes acts that demonstrate the nobility of the policing profession.

Award of Valor

Recognition for extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty. Public safety officers must have exhibited extraordinary courage, decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life. This award recognizes acts that demonstrate the nobility of the policing profession.

Eligibility

  1. Nominee may be sworn or civilian and must be currently employed by a federal, state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency
  2. Nominations may be mode by anyone, but must be approved by the nominee’s head of agency.
  3. Award is for a single act in the preceding calendar year (2018).
  4. Recognition for extraordinary acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.
    – Extraordinary is defined as going “beyond what is ordinary or usual;
      highly exceptional, remarkable.”
    – Valor is defined as “courage and boldness, as in battle; bravery.”
    – Where risk of life existed and nominee had sufficient time to       
      evaluate it or where a reasonable person would assume their life was
      in great danger.
    – Where the objective is of sufficient importance to justify risk.

Criteria For Consideration

A.    Demonstration of extraordinary professionalism as appropriate to his/her specialty through tactics, marksmanship or leadership; rescue skills; and/or medical knowledge or skill.

B.    Demonstration of extraordinary character through courage, endurance or calm in the face of danger.

C.    Nominee accomplished assigned mission:
        – suspect apprehended or killed
        – person rescued
        – life saved

Nomination

The nomination can be made by any member of the department employing the nominee. The nomination must be supported and signed by the department head. Department heads may be nominated by the executive of their governmental agency, any member of the CPOA Board of Directors, or the executive director of CPOA.

Approval Process

Final review and approval is determined by the Awards Committee. Questions or clarifications may be requested from region boards and/or the submitting agency.  Please note that when considering the nomination of a team (defined as two or more public safety officers responding to a single incident), there is no guarantee that all members will receive recognition.  The actions of each team member nominated should be individually described, even though submitted as one nomination.


Award of Distinction

To recognize exceptional performance by an individual or departmental unit that goes beyond normal call of duty to enhance efficiency, public image, and provides a great service to the community. CPOA recognizes acts that serve as a model to its mission of Building Future Law Enforcement Leaders.

Award of Distinction

To recognize exceptional performance by an individual or departmental unit that goes beyond normal call of duty to enhance efficiency, public image, and provides a great service to the community. CPOA recognizes acts that serve as a model to its mission of Building Future Law Enforcement Leaders.

Eligibility

1.    Nominee may be sworn or civilian and must be currently employed by a federal, state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency.

2.      Nominations may be made by anyone, but must be approved for submittal by the nominee’s head of agency.

Criteria for Consideration

A.    There is no time limit on the service, but the program should be something that is unique, trend setting, and innovative.  In the instance of an ongoing program, nomination should convey a significant revision to current program to the benefit of public safety.

B.     Nomination should articulate results.

Nomination

The nomination can be made by any member of the department employing the nominee. The nomination must be supported and signed by the department head. Department heads may be nominated by the executive of their governmental agency, any member of the CPOA Board of Directors, or the executive director of CPOA.

Approval Process

Final review and approval is determined by the Awards Committee. Questions or clarifications may be requested from local region boards and/or the submitting agency. Please note that when considering the nomination of a team (defined as two or more public safety officers responding to a single incident), there is no guarantee that all members will receive recognition.  The actions of each team member nominated should be individually described, even though submitted as one nomination.


12 UNDER 12

This new award category is designed to recognize 12 individuals (one from each of CPOA’s 12 regions) with 12 or less years of service that exemplify the future of the law enforcement profession.

12 UNDER 12

This new award category is designed to recognize 12 individuals (one from each of CPOA’s 12 regions) with 12 or less years of service that exemplify the future of the law enforcement profession.

Eligibility

1.      Nominee may be sworn or civilian and must be currently
employed by a federal, state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency.

2.      Self-nominations are not permitted

Criteria for Consideration

  1.  Demonstration of values and commitment to law enforcement
  2. Capacity for leadership
  3. Nomination should include responses to the following questions:
      – Why are you nominating this person for this award?
      – Explain specific instances or examples (relevant accomplishments)
        that highlights your reason for nominating this person.
      – Attach Nominee’s resume or CV

Approval Process

Applications are reviewed and approved by the Awards Committee.


Outstanding Cold Case Solving

This award  recognizes the solving of long-standing cold cases that enhance efficiency and provide a great service to the community.

Outstanding Cold Case Solving

This award  recognizes the solving of long-standing cold cases that enhance efficiency and provide a great service to the community.

Eligibility

1. Sworn officer, non-sworn, or agency volunteer.
2. Award is for a single act in the preceding calendar year (2017).
3. Nominations may be made by anyone, but must be approved for submittal by the nominee’s head of agency.

Criteria for Consideration
 
1. Demonstration of extraordinary work through tactics and leadership.

Approval Process

Final review and approval is determined by the Awards Committee. Questions or clarifications may be requested from local region boards and/or the submitting agency.


Certificate of Appreciation

To recognize an act, or acts, performed by a civilian (non law enforcement), business, or organization that supports, enhances, or assists the law enforcement profession.

Certificate of Appreciation

To recognize an act, or acts, performed by a civilian (non law enforcement), business, or organization that supports, enhances, or assists the law enforcement profession.

Eligibility

Any individual, business or organization that meets the above description.

Criteria for Consideration

Acts/service can be in areas of:
 – Promoting through information and/­or education channels the safety messages and goals of the Department.
 – Assisting the Department in carrying out stated goals and responsibilities with direct assistance of time and/or funds.
 – Coming to the aid of members of the Department through action and/or fundraising.
 – Assistance and/or services which are deserving of recognition, but do not fall within the above examples.

Nomination

Nominations may be made by any member of CPOA.

Approval Process

Final review and approval is determined by the Awards Committee. Questions or clarifications may be requested from local region boards and/or the submitting agency.


TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR AN ACT OF EXCELLENCE THAT TOOK PLACE IN 2018, PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

Additional information (i.e. brochures, clippings, attachments,) may be submitted, but will not be returned.

Mail completed nomination form to:
CPOA, 2485 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 540, Sacramento, CA 95833
Fax 916-520-2276, Email: cleveroni@cpoa.org