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Law & Order: Law Enforcement of the Year

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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.

Judging Criteria

  • 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


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