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President and Attorney General honor officers with Medal of Valor

Read about the officers whose brave actions were honored at the White House when President Trump and Attorney General Sessions awarded each officer with the Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer.


9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act of 2017

On November 3, 2018, the President signed into law the “9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act of 2017”, Public Law 115-276. The Act provides that public safety officers who participated in the September 11, 2001 response and died as a result of a World Trade Center (WTC)-related health condition are eligible for the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor. BJA is honored to administer this Program, and to assist the families of these fallen heroes. Please send any inquiries to Ask911heroesMOV@ojp.usdoj.gov.


Learn about the Medal of Valor Recipients

In a White House ceremony on May 22, 2019, President Trump awarded public safety officers with the Medal of Valor, our nation’s highest award for bravery and heroism by a public safety officer. Learn about the recipients and their brave actions.


Visit the Medal of Valor site to view information about the current and past MOV awardees.

Nominating Someone to Receive the Medal of Valor
To receive the Medal of Valor, public safety officers must be nominated by the chief executive officer of their employing agencies, be recommended by the bipartisan Medal of Valor Review Board, and cited by the Attorney General. PLEASE NOTE: The background of Medal of Valor nominees may be reviewed as part of the selection process.

The National Medal of Valor Office is established within the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Designated Federal Official for the Medal of Valor is Gregory Joy, BJA.

Nominations must be submitted through the online Medal of Valor Application System. Access the Template for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Application for guidance prior to the submission of the application.

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Access the Template for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Application for guidance prior to the submission of the application.

National Medal of Valor Office
Gregory Joy, Designated Federal Official
202-514-1369
E-mail: medalofvalor@usdoj.gov
https://www.medalofvalor.gov

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, Bureau of Justice Assistance, May 2017. This brochure highlights the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. The medal is awarded annually by the President or Vice 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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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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More BJA Publications

What is the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor?  Answer

When is this year's Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor nomination form due?  Answer

Can more than one person, or a team, be nominated for the Medal of Valor?   Answer

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

Will the Medal of Valor Review Board accept posthumous nominations?  Answer

How can I keep informed about the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor nomination process and the award ceremony?  Answer

Where can I find definitions for terms such as "public safety officer" and "act of valor" as they relate to the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor?  Answer

Where can I find out information about past Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor awardees?  Answer

How can additional information on the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor nominee and/or incident be provided?  Answer

Can a Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor application be submitted for an act of valor that is outside the currently published nomination period?  Answer

What type of information is needed in order to complete the application for the Medal of Valor?  Answer

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Announcement:

Medal of Valor: Nominate our nation’s public safety officers

This is the highest national honor for valor that federal, state, local, and tribal public safety officers can receive. Nominate law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel by July 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


Medal of Valor Webinar Presentation Available

During a July 22 webinar, BJA shared details and guidance about the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV) program and nomination process. If you missed the webinar, you can view the webinar presentation and transcript to see what was discussed. MOV nominations are due July 31.


Webinar: MOV Nomination Period Closes July 31

This webinar, taking place July 22, 2019, will provide important details and guidance about the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV) Program. The presenters will review MOV definitions, eligibility, time periods, the nomination process and core issues to consider when submitting nominations. A question and answer session will conclude this webinar.


Happening Today: Watch the Medal of Valor Ceremony

Watch the livestream of the Medal of Valor ceremony at the White House as President Trump honors courageous officers with our nation’s highest award for bravery and heroism by a public safety officer.


The Public Safety Officer Medal Of Valor (MOV) Nomination Period Is Now Open

The MOV recognizes extraordinary acts of valor and bravery on the part of our nation’s public safety officers. The MOV nomination period is now open through July 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m ET. 


MOV Nomination Period Open!

The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor nomination period is now open. Please visit the MOV webpage for more information about the nomination process or nomination submissions.


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.

 

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