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Frequently Asked Questions

Must every section of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor nomination form be completed?

Yes, please complete every section of the nomination form. The Board requires this information and may reject a nomination form that is incomplete. Recommending officials should also keep the following points in mind when preparing the nomination:

  • The "nominee" is the public safety officer whose act of valor is submitted as a Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor candidate for consideration by the Board.
  • Recommending officials should include the nominee's home mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number.
  • The "Appointing Authority/Submitting Agency" is the agency under which the applicant serves as a sworn public safety officer and varies by jurisdiction. In many cases, the Appointing Authority/Submitting agency will be a jurisdiction's law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical services agency. In other cases, it may be a state police, parks authority, or corrections institute.
  • Each nomination form must be submitted by the "Recommending Official." The Recommending Official is the Chief Executive or Director of the appointing or submitting agency. In many cases, the chief executive or director will be a law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical services chief, director, or superintendent. In other cases, the recommending official may be a sheriff, mayor, state agency director, or governor. Please adhere to the particular requirements of your jurisdiction. The Board cannot accept nominations submitted by individuals who are not the Chief Executive or Director of the appointing or submitting agency.

See the Medal of Valor site to learn more.

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