Award Criteria

Award criteria is used to select award recipients for each category.  Please review award criteria before submitting an award nomination.

The Oregon Peace Officers Association presents awards to law enforcement personnel who have performed exemplary deeds or services on behalf of their communities during the previous year. Anyone can nominate a potential recipient for an award in any of the listed categories. No one involved in an incident can nominate another officer or themselves for that incident. The nominations should come from an uninvolved criminal justice professional that has specific knowledge of the incident. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee made up of members of the Oregon Peace Officers Executive Board. Awards are presented to the recipients at the OPOA Annual Awards Banquet held each year in conjunction with the OPOA Annual Training Conference.

Awards may be presented in any of the categories listed below. The following criteria applies to all award categories:

Awards are open to any working police officer, tele communicator, reserve, corrections officer or others employed by a law enforcement agency. The incident must have occurred in Oregon.  The recipient need not be a member of OPOA. On-duty as well as off-duty incidents will be considered. 

OPOA specifically solicits awards nominations from Chiefs, Sheriffs, or other agency department heads. Nominations that are opposed by the nominated officer’s (or other intended recipient’s) agency will not be considered. Specific actions of each nominee must be included in any nomination to be considered. Nominations must include the following minimum information:

  1. The candidates name, rank, current assignment, and years of service in Oregon.
  2. A description of the incident in which the applicant was involved or other justification indicating why the award should be given.
  3. The nomination may recommend a specific award, but the Awards Committee reserves the right to select the most appropriate award or to decline the nomination if, in the committee's judgment, the criteria is not met.
  4. Nominations must include supporting documentation such as police reports, audio or videotapes, internal memoranda, letters from outside sources or news accounts. All submissions become the property of OPOA.

Once the Awards Committee reviews the nominations, recommendations will be forwarded to the OPOA Executive Board who will give final approval to all awards.

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