Awards Programs

Annual Awards Program

 

The California Peace Officers’ Association annually recognizes law enforcement professionals and those who support the profession through the highly coveted Annual Awards Program at COPSWEST Training & Expo each year.

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

Sherman Block Memorial Law Enforcement Professional of the Year

The Sherman Block Law Enforcement Professional of the Year Award is designed to recognize California law enforcement professionals who, like Sheriff Block, have distinguished themselves through dedicated service to their departments, their community and to the law enforcement field. With this award, CPOA recognizes a leader who exemplifies the Association’s value and mission.

Sherman Block Memorial Law Enforcement Professional of the Year

The Sherman Block Law Enforcement Professional of the Year Award is designed to recognize California law enforcement professionals who, like Sheriff Block, have distinguished themselves through dedicated service to their departments, their community and to the law enforcement field. With this award, CPOA recognizes a leader who exemplifies the Association’s value and mission.

Eligibility

This award is open to all sworn California peace officers at the executive level with 25 or more years of service.

Criteria for Consideration

Nominee must demonstrate a lifetime of exemplary service to the law enforcement profession in areas of:

  • Leadership
  • Educational Development
  • Mentoring/FTO/Training
  • Community Service
  • Commendations
  • Advocacy
  • CPOA-Specific Activities (Region/Board/Speaking/etc.)

Nominations

Nominations may be made by anyone.

Approval Process

The Award Committee recommendation will be reviewed for decision by the CPOA Executive Committee.

Although intended to be awarded annually, the credibility of this award demands that recipients be selected only in those years where the Awards Committee determines a nomination meets the award criteria.


Award of Valor

This award recognizes 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 his or her own personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life, where the act is deemed to be above and beyond the call of duty.

Award of Valor

This award recognizes 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 his or her own personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life, where the act is deemed to be above and beyond the call of duty.

Eligibility

  1. Sworn peace officer (on or off duty status)
  2. Nominations may be made by anyone, but need to be approved for submittal by the nominee’s head of agency.
  3. Award is for a single act (24 hours or less) in the preceding calendar year (2017).
  4.  Recognition for exceptional acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.
    1. Extraordinary is defined as going “beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly exceptional, remarkable.”
    2. Valor is defined as “courage and boldness, as in battle; bravery.”
    3. Where the risk of life actually existed and the employee had sufficient time to evaluate it or where a reasonable person would assume their life was in great danger.
    4. Where the objective is of sufficient importance to justify the risk.

Criteria For Consideration

A.    Nominee demonstrated in this act an exceptional degree of professionalism as appropriate to his/her specialty:

  • Tactics, marksmanship, or leadership
  • Rescue skills
  • Medical knowledge or skill

B.     Nominee demonstrated extraordinary personal character:

  • Courage
  • Endurance
  • 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

This award recognizes extraordinary performance by any individual or departmental unit that goes far beyond normal call of duty or service, and which enhances the department’s efficiency, public image, and provides a great service to the community.  With this award, CPOA  recognizes those acts that serve as a model to its mission of Building Future Law Enforcement Leaders.

Award of Distinction

This award recognizes extraordinary performance by any individual or departmental unit that goes far beyond normal call of duty or service, and which enhances the department’s efficiency, public image, and provides a great service to the community.  With this award, CPOA  recognizes those acts that serve as a model to its mission of Building Future Law Enforcement Leaders.

Eligibility

1.      Sworn officer, non-sworn, or agency volunteer.

2.      Nominations may be made by anyone, but need to 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.


Award of Law Enforcement Professional Achievement

This award recognizes California law enforcement leaders who have made a positive, significant difference in their agency, community and to the law enforcement profession during their career by exemplifying the organizational and core values of the California Peace Officers’ Association. There is a limit of no more than five recipients annually.

Award of Law Enforcement Professional Achievement

This award recognizes California law enforcement leaders who have made a positive, significant difference in their agency, community and to the law enforcement profession during their career by exemplifying the organizational and core values of the California Peace Officers’ Association. There is a limit of no more than five recipients annually.

Eligibility

1.      Sworn peace officer status.

2.      20+ years of service at any rank.

3.      5+ years as a CPOA member.

4.      Nominations may be made by anyone, but need to be approved for submittal by the nominee’s head of agency.

Criteria for Consideration

Nominee has demonstrated exemplary service to the law enforcement profession in areas including:

·         Leadership/Networking

·         Educational Development

·         Mentoring/FTO/Training

·         Community Service

·         Commendations

·         Advocacy

·         CPOA-specific activities (Region/Board/speaking/etc.)
Approval Process

Applications are reviewed and approved by the Awards Committee.


Outstanding Canine Capture

This award recognizes the countless cases solved each year through the dedicated work of canine partners within law enforcement agencies.

Outstanding Canine Capture

This award recognizes the countless cases solved each year through the dedicated work of canine partners within law enforcement agencies.

Eligibility

1. Sworn officer.
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, leadership and/or rescue skills.
2. Demonstration of extraordinary character through courage, endurance or calm in the face of danger.
3. Nominee accomplished assigned mission:• suspect apprehended or killed
• person rescued
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.

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

The Certificate of Appreciation recognizes an act, or acts, performed by a civilian (non law enforcement), business or organization that tends to support, enhance or assist the law enforcement profession.

Certificate of Appreciation

The Certificate of Appreciation recognizes an act, or acts, performed by a civilian (non law enforcement), business or organization that tends to support, enhance or assist the law enforcement profession.

Eligibility

Any individual 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 with 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.


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Trailblazer Award

Honor a woman who has enhanced the visibility and stature of women in law enforcement! The Trailblazer Award recognizes a woman in California who, by demonstrating outstanding achievement within their job tenure and in their community, has enhanced the visibility and stature of women in law enforcement.The award winner is recognized at the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Training Symposium. Nominations open summer 2018.  

Honor a woman who has enhanced the visibility and stature of women in law enforcement! The Trailblazer Award recognizes a woman in California who, by demonstrating outstanding achievement within their job tenure and in their community, has enhanced the visibility and stature of women in law enforcement.The award winner is recognized at the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Training Symposium. Nominations open summer 2018.  

Trailblazer Award Nomination Requirements

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 by September 4, 2018:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. Outstanding Achievements and/or Accomplishments (OPTIONAL)
    (In particular, citing any “firsts” the nominee can claim)

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

Mail completed nomination form to:
CPOA, 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 1495, Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax 916-520-2276, Email: cleveroni@cpoa.org