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DPS ENCOURAGES LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY HEADS TO NOMINATE OFFICERS FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL BADGE OF BRAVERY

Des Moines, IOWA --- The Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Eugene T. Meyer encourages local and county law enforcement agency heads to nominate deserving members of their departments for the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB).

Commissioner Meyer said, “Many law enforcement officers put themselves in harm’s way to save the life of someone else. The state recognizes these heroes with the Sullivan Brothers’ Award of Valor. Equally important, I think that every law enforcement agency should nominate those deserving officers for the Congressional Badge of Bravery and nominations open today.”

The Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-298), establishes an award to honor exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers. The medals are awarded annually by the U.S. Attorney General and are presented by the recipients’ Congressional representatives.

To meet the definition of an act of bravery, nominees for the Congressional Badge of Bravery must have either:

  1. Sustained a physical injury while engaged in the lawful duties of the individual, and performing an act characterized as bravery by the agency head who makes the nomination, and being at personal risk; or
  2. Although not injured, performed an act characterized as bravery by the agency head who makes the nomination that placed the individual at risk of serious physical injury or death.

Agency heads submit their nominations to the Congressional Badge of Bravery Office, which is located within the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Nominations are considered by the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Board, which submits its recommendations to the U.S. Attorney General.

The opening date for submissions begins on or about December 15th of each year. The deadline to submit submissions is February 15 of the year following the date on which the nominee performed the act of bravery.

For additional information on the Congressional Badge of Bravery go to: https://badgeofbravery.ncjrs.gov/.

The Sullivan Brothers' Award of Valor, awarded by the Department of Public Safety, shall be awarded to peace officers and firefighters who, while serving in an official capacity, distinguished themselves by the performance of an heroic act in excess of normal demands of police or fire service where the person was fully aware of the threat to his/her personal safety. For information, criteria for eligibility and the nomination procedure, go to: http://www.dps.state.ia.us/commis/pib/Awards/valor.shtml

 

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