The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking nominations for the 2021 Medal of Valor—the Nation’s highest award for valor by a public safety officer.
BJA suggests using this frequently asked questions page to help prepare a compelling nomination
Who’s eligible to be nominated?
- A “public safety officer” is a person (living or deceased) who is serving or has served in a public agency, with or without compensation, as a firefighter; law enforcement officer, including a corrections, court, or civil defense officer; or emergency services officer, as determined by the U.S. Attorney General.
- In order to be nominated, public safety officers must have exhibited exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of their own personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life. Their actions must be considered to be above and beyond the call of duty.
Each nomination must be submitted through the online nomination system.
About The Bureau of Justice Assistance
BJA offers many resources, training and technical assistance, and policy development services to support local, state, and tribal law enforcement in achieving safer communities.