What does it take to become a Police Officer of the Year Award winner?
- Rescue innocent people after a coordinated attack on a public space
- Create industry changing tools
- Help victims of domestic violence
- Run into a burning building
- Calm a community and prevent a riot
More than fifty years of past winners of the Police Officer of the Year Award have done all these things and more.
Winners have a passion and willingness to save lives and make communities safer and stronger.
Nominations from around the globe are now being accepted online for the IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year Award which will be awarded at the 11th Annual IACP Foundation Gala in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 21, during the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition. The deadline is Friday, July 14, 2017.
Four finalists will be chosen and each will receive:
- All-expense paid trip to IACP 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for finalist and one guest.
- Recognition at the 11th Annual IACP Foundation Gala, where one finalist will be named the 2017 IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year.
- Recognition of the 2017 IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year at the General Assembly during the IACP 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition.
- Featured article in Police Chief Magazine.
- All sworn, full-time law enforcement officers below the rank of chief are eligible.
- Nominations may be made for exceptional achievement in any police endeavor, including but not limited to, extraordinary valor, crime prevention, investigative work, community relations, traffic safety, juvenile programs, and training efforts.
- All nominations must be made by the head of agency.
- Posthumous nominations are not eligible.
- One nomination per agency.
- Time frame for eligible events is June 1, 2016 through July 13, 2017.