Information about the different sections of and information required for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor application is available in the following resource: Template for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Application.
Each year, the National Medal of Valor Office will open its online application system to accept applications for acts of valor that took place between June 1st of the prior year through May 31st of the current year. Applications cannot be considered for acts of valor that took place outside of the current nomination period.
Please submit any supplemental documents to:
National Medal of Valor Office
Attn: Gregory Joy
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
Supplemental documents are not required, but if received in a timely manner, will be made available to the Review Board. At its discretion, the Review Board may also call for witness testimony.
Yes, the Board will accept posthumous nominations and may award a medal posthumously. Recommending officials should make clear to the Board that the nomination is for posthumous award and describe whether the public safety officer's death occurred in connection with his or her act of valor.
Yes, please complete every section of the nomination form. The Board requires this information and may reject a nomination form that is incomplete.
Recommending officials should also keep the following points in mind when preparing the nomination:
- The "nominee" is the public safety officer whose act of valor is submitted as a Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor candidate for consideration by the Board. Recommending officials should include the nominee's home mailing address, email address, and telephone number.
- The "Appointing Authority/Submitting Agency" is the agency under which the applicant serves as a sworn public safety officer and varies by jurisdiction. In many cases, the Appointing Authority/Submitting agency will be a jurisdiction's law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical services agency. In other cases, it may be a state police, parks authority, or corrections institute.
- Each nomination form must be submitted by the "Recommending Official." The Recommending Official is the Chief Executive or Director of the appointing or submitting agency. In many cases, the chief executive or director will be a law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical services chief, director, or superintendent. In other cases, the recommending official may be a sheriff, mayor, state agency director, or governor. Please adhere to the particular requirements of your jurisdiction. The Board cannot accept nominations submitted by individuals who are not the Chief Executive or Director of the appointing or submitting agency.
Yes, recommending officials may nominate more than one public safety officer for the Medal of Valor. However, please note that a separate nomination form must be submitted for each individual nominee.
Because the Medal of Valor is awarded for a single act that is above and beyond the call of duty, recommending officials must prepare a separate nomination form for each meritorious act. Please note that when considering the nomination of a team (defined as two or more public safety officers responding to a single incident), there is no guarantee that all members will receive recognition.
The Medal of Valor online nomination system will typically open each year on May 31st at 8:00 a.m. ET and close each year on July 31st at 8:00 p.m. ET. The opening date may vary due to the 31st falling on a weekend.
The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. The Medal is awarded by the President of the United States to public safety officers who are cited by the United States Attorney General and recommended by the Medal of Valor Review Board (the "Board"). Public safety officers must have exhibited exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her own personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life, where the act is deemed to be above and beyond the call of duty.