Law Enforcement of the Year
Each year, the Department of Florida gives its Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to a well-rounded law enforcement officer who has exceeded the duty requirements expected of his or her position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement. The award, which especially takes into account heroic acts, is presented annually at the Department Convention and submitted for National Recognition.
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be a living, active, full-time and paid, sworn law enforcement officer entrusted with full authority and the powers of arrest.
- Be assigned to, or fully recognized by, Municipal (city), County, District or State Police (ex: University Police, etc.) or Highway Patrol, Sheriff’s office or as a sworn Federal Law enforcement officer (e.g., FBI or Secret Service Agent, United States Federal Marshal, National Park Police, Capital Police, etc.).
- Does not need to be a veteran or member of The American Legion.
- Reside and be assigned or attached for duty in Florida.
- Military police officers or investigators are eligible for participation in this award provided they are state law enforcement certified.
- Judges will be looking for a Law Enforcement Officer who: is well-rounded.
- has exceeded, above and beyond, the duty requirements of his/her position.
- exemplifies the virtues of professionalism and dedication.
- demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service in both on-duty and off-duty activities.
- proven his/her personal dedication to societal security and protection