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Vice President and Attorney General Award the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

On February 20, Vice President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to 18 public safety officers who exhibited exceptional courage in saving and protecting others and whose heroic actions were above and beyond the call of duty. OJP Acting AAG Leary and BJA Director O'Donnell also participated. Read the DOJ press release, learn about the recipients, or watch the ceremony.


Notice: The 2013–2014 Medal of Valor (MOV) nomination period will open May 31, 2014 and close July 31, 2014. To be considered for the 2013–2014 MOV, an officer must be nominated for actions that occured between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014. Access the Template for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Application for guidance prior to the submission of the application.

Visit the Medal of Valor site to view information about the awardees.

See Medal of Valor press releases:

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

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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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 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

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

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

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Announcement:

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.