Public Safety Officer Medal Of Valor - Nomination Period Open

On May 31, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will begin accepting nominations for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV). MOV is the highest national award that can be bestowed on civilian public safety officers and is awarded by the President of the United States to officers who have exhibited extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty. We depend on public safety officers for our safety and security. Each and every day, they return our trust, often by putting their lives and safety on the line to ensure the safety of ordinary citizens and the communities that they serve. Typically, these efforts are not mentioned in media outlets and do not garner the appropriate recognition. Through MOV, we help to honor some of these heroes.

Under the provisions of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act, a total of five individual and/or team awards are presented each year. To be considered for the 2012–2013 MOV, an officer must be nominated for actions that occurred between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. Nominations must be submitted online by the agency head of the officer’s employing department and must be received by DOJ no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 31, 2013. 

For additional information about MOV, and to complete and submit an application, please visit

With your help, DOJ hopes to encourage public safety agencies across the country to nominate officers who have displayed exceptional courage in the performance of their duties. Should you have any questions regarding the MOV nomination process, please contact Mr. Kevin A. Jenkins at, or at (202) 514-0907