In 2008, the SPBA Board of Directors decided to formally recognize officers, civilian staff, and citizens for exemplary service to our community. Each year, nominations are taken for the various awards and the recipients are recognized at the Service Awards Banquet in the Spring. Below is a description of each award:
Medal of Valor – Presented to an Officer for an act of extraordinary bravery or heroism in the line of duty at imminent personal risk to life, under circumstances evincing a disregard of personal consequences. This award is meant to recognize officers whose actions are considered as having gone above and beyond the call of duty, or to recognize an officer who has performed an act of bravery displaying extreme courage while knowingly facing imminent danger.
Meritorious Service Award – Presented to an Officer for exceptional performance of outstanding service on behalf of the Department, while carrying out an act of great responsibility, or of critical importance to law enforcement. The service may include decisive leadership under extraordinary circumstances, commendable investigative work, or remarkable dedication to community service.
Officer of the Year – Presented to an Officer for exemplary service to the community, which involves performance and achievement above and beyond that which is required by an Officer’s basic assignment. Criteria include, but are not limited to, attendance and productivity, letters of commendation, organizational commitment, sustained community involvement, judgment, and leadership.
Civilian Employee of the Year – Presented to a non-sworn employee for exemplary service to the community, which involves performance and achievement above and beyond that which is required by the employee’s basic assignment.
Citizen’s Distinguished Service Award – Presented to individuals, who are not members of the Department, who assist in apprehending a criminal, aid an Officer during a critical incident, or who demonstrate exceptional cooperation with the Department in the accomplishment of its mission. These are citizens who distinguish themselves by performing courageous acts of bravery, involving personal risk of safety, to aid others or assist law enforcement.
Life Saving Award – Presented to sworn and/or non-sworn individuals for performing an act, through prompt and decisive action, under extraordinary circumstances, that saves or significantly prolongs the life of another.
To nominate someone for an award, click here.