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Nominators are encouraged to review the CBOB FAQs and the application template before attempting to complete a nomination. Please note that the background of CBOB nominees may be reviewed as part of the selection process. Agency heads must submit nominations through the online CBOB Application System.

See illustrations of the CBOB medals: federal and state and local.

Nominating a Law Enforcement Officer to Receive the Congressional Badge of Bravery
Agency heads submit their nominations to the CBOB Office within BJA. Nominations are considered by either the Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Board or the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Board, which submit their recommendations to the U.S. Attorney General.

The opening date for CBOB nominations begins on or about December 15th of each year and closes on February 15 of the following year. When the application period is open, all nominations must be submitted through the online CBOB Application System.

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For assistance in completing the nomination, first view the template for the application.

Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) Office
202-616-6500
E-mail: AskCBOB@usdoj.gov

Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Brochure, This brochure highlights the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery, an award that can be given to Federal, state, or local law enforcement personnel who have exhibited exceptional acts of bravery while in the line of duty.
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Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Brochure, This brochure highlights the Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer which is awarded annually by the President to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.
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What is the submission deadline for Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) nominations?  Answer

What is the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) application nomination period?  Answer

Can an agency head nominate more than one person, or a group, for the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB)?  Answer

For the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB), how should nominations of officers from multiple agencies, who are involved in a single event, be handled?  Answer

What is the eligibility time period for acts of bravery submitted under the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) program?  Answer

Must every section of the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) nomination form be completed?  Answer

Will the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) Boards accept posthumous nominations?  Answer

How can I keep informed about the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) nomination process and the award ceremony?  Answer

Under which category would applications from tribal law enforcement agencies be submitted for the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB)?  Answer

How can a nominator confirm that a Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) application has been successfully submitted?   Answer

Can a Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) application be submitted after the close of the nomination period on February 15th?   Answer

Are Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) nominators allowed to submit the description of the event as an attachment to the application?   Answer

Can an agency nominate a law enforcement officer for more than one act of bravery?   Answer

How detailed should the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) narrative information be?  Answer

How are incidents involving individual verses group nominees considered for the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB)?  Answer

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Previous Recipients
Information about the recipients of the Congressional Badge of Bravery is available on the Recipients section of the CBOB site.


Announcement:

Now Accepting CBOB Nominations!

Nominate an officer now for the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB), which honors federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers for exceptional acts of bravery while in the line of duty. Law enforcement agency heads looking to recognize an officer must submit a nomination between December 13, 2013 and February 15, 2014 through the online system, available at www.bja.gov/CBOB.


Attorney General Speaks at the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Candlelight Vigil

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the 25th Annual National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Candlelight Vigil on May 13, 2013. The vigil, sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, is one of the many events honoring our fallen law enforcement officers during National Police Week, which is May 12-18.


Medal of Valor Nomination Period Is Now Open

The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV) is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. Nominate an officer now through the online application system. The MOV nomination period is May 31-July 31, 2013.