Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV):
Every day, public safety officers risk their lives to protect America’s citizens and communities. To honor that commitment, Congress passed The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001, which created the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. The medal is awarded annually by the President or Vice President along with the Attorney General to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. Note: The 2012–2013 MOV application period will open from May 31, 2013 to July 31, 2013. For additional information, go to the MOV website: www.medalofvalor.gov.
Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB):
Every day, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers engage in exceptional acts of bravery while in the line of duty. Often, such acts place the officers involved at personal risk of injury or result in their sustaining a physical injury. To honor these acts of bravery, Congress passed the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008, creating the Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery and the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery. The act establishes an award to honor exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers. Tribal law enforcement falls under the state and local category. The medals are awarded annually by the U.S. Attorney General and are presented by the recipients’ Congressional representatives. The 2013 CBOB application period will open from December 15, 2013 to February 15, 2014. For additional information, go to the CBOB website: www.bja.gov/CBOB.
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