National Medal of Valor
Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Application for Extraordinary Valor Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
The MOV application period is now open. Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on July 31, 2016. For questions about the MOV application process or application submission, please contact Gregory Joy, Designated Federal Officer, Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, at Gregory.Joy@usdoj.gov.
The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is awarded, by the President or Vice President of the United States, to a public safety officer who has exhibited exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her own personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.
For the purpose of this award, a public safety officer is defined as a person serving a public agency, with or without compensation, as a firefighter, law enforcement officer, or emergency services officer. The term "law enforcement officer" includes a person who is a corrections or court officer or a civil defense officer.
For a nominee to be eligible to receive the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, a completed application file must be filled out online. Any supporting information can be mailed via U.S. Postal Service to the National Medal of Valor Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20531. Nominations must be certified by the Chief Executive or Director or the appointing authority/submitting agency. This application should be used only for recognition of acts of valor accomplished during the period of June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016. Please complete all designated sections.
To be considered, the application file must include:
The electronic Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor online application.
An official report or documentation from an appointing authority or submitting agency. Please note that federal law prohibits the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board from disclosing any information submitted with an application that may compromise an ongoing law enforcement investigation or is otherwise required by law to be kept confidential.
Statements by witnesses or individuals having personal knowledge of the facts surrounding the nominee's act of valor and/or other supporting documentation.