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Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

The following is a list of frequently asked questions, and their answers, which were received by the National Medal of Valor Office about the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV) and its nominations. The National Medal of Valor Office advises recommending officials to review the information below before completing a nomination form.


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Check the recipient's page in the Medal of Valor website at: https://bja.ojp.gov/program/medalofvalor/recipients/all.

For submission of supplemental documents, please mail to:

National Medal of Valor Office
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531

Supplemental documents are not required, but if they are received in a timely manner, they will be made available to the MOV Review Board. Note that acceptable formats for documents and video files include: Word, WordPerfect, PDF, jpeg, gif, png, mpg, wmv. At its discretion, the Board may also call for witness testimony.

Each year, the National Medal of Valor Office will open its online nomination system to accept nominations for acts of valor that took place between June 1 of the prior year through May 31 of the current year. Nominations cannot be considered for acts of valor that took place outside the current nomination period.

Yes, an agency may request that a nomination be removed from consideration. The agency may be asked to explain its rationale for making the request, and the request will be forwarded to the appropriate level of review based on the status of the nomination. Note: the removal of a nomination upon the request of the nominating agency is considered a final and irrevocable action.

No. All nominations must be submitted via the online nomination system.

The only exception that would allow for the submission of a nomination after the close of the submission period would be to show a documented failure of the online Medal of Valor nomination system. Each successful nomination generates a confirmation that it was successfully received, and this confirmation is sent to the nominator's email address. But a public safety agency experiencing technical difficulties in submitting a nomination can request consideration for the submission of a nomination following the close of the nomination period. It must submit that request within 48 hours of the close of the nomination period to the Designated Federal Officer for the Medal of Valor Program, Gregory Joy, at [email protected].