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EXTENDED: Deadline for 2016 VACP Award Nominations is now July 8!

June 9, 2016 | VACP

News Image Please take the time to nominate your deserving officers or citizens for the 2016 VACP Awards for Valor, Lifesaving and Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement. An officer or citizen's actions need only have occurred prior to the deadline to be eligible for nomination by a VACP member. (In other words, they are not limited to the 2015 calendar year.)

The nomination form clearly describes the criteria for the three separate categories of awards. Please read them carefully and make sure that the officer or officers you wish to nominate fit the criteria AND you select the most appropriate award category for the nomination. In particular, the Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award is very unique and is not simply a “catch-all” category for anything that doesn’t fit the Valor or Lifesaving Award criteria.  We recommend reviewing the recipients of past OCLE Awards to see the type of contribution that is worthy of recognition with this award.

Please be sure to include sufficient explanation in the supporting documentation to show that the actions of the officer(s) meet the criteria for the selected award. Nominations for the 2016 awards are open to all actions occurring prior to the July 8, 2016 deadline, so long as they have not been previously submitted for consideration. (Read about previous VACP Award recipients here.)

2016 VACP Awards Nomination Form: Download as Word doc | Download fillable PDF

To nominate your officer or officers, submit a completed award nomination form along with no more than three pages of supporting documentation, including the description of the action and any letters of support. Supporting documentation must provide enough detail for the judges to make a determination without having to speculate. Press clips on their own may not be sufficient because details needed by the judges to make a determination may have been excluded by either the reporter or the public information officer. We prefer that nominations be submitted by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if possible, but will accept faxed and mailed nominations as well.

Please be prepared to provide a high-resolution digital photograph of your Valor Award nominee(s) as they will be requested upon notice of selection for inclusion in the awards program.

The Awards Committee will review the nominations and award notices will be sent to the agency heads in August.

  • Recipients of Awards for Valor and Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement will be presented with their plaques at the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Roanoke, September 18-21, 2016. 
  • Lifesaving Award recognitions will be presented to the agency heads for presentation to the officer at a departmental ceremony.

We hope you will consider nominating your officers for these recognitions. If you have an questions, please feel free to contact Chief (Ret) Doug Davis, Awards Committee Chairman (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or VACP Communications Manager Erin Schrad (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 804-285-8227).