The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is now accepting nominations for the 2019-2020 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor.
Every day, public safety officers risk their lives to protect America’s citizens and communities. To honor that commitment, Congress passed The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001, which created the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer.
The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is awarded, by the president or vice president of the United States, to a public safety officer who has exhibited exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her own personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.
For the purpose of this award, a public safety officer is defined as a person serving a public agency, with or without compensation, as a firefighter, law enforcement officer, or emergency services officer. The term “law enforcement officer” includes a person who is a corrections or court officer or a civil defense officer.
Eligibility for the 2019-2020 Medal of Valor is limited to incidents that take place between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. Nominations will be accepted from May 29, 2020 until July 31, 2020.