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Please Respond if You are A Current/Retired/Injured LEO Only!

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I am the president of a CJ club, and one project I have been thinking about for the past 6 months or so was just OK'd by the club members, so now I get to approach it, but I have some questions. For some background: in the county I live in, there are 10 jurisdictions, and none of them offer a "Cop of the Year" award or anything like that. So, the idea was to start an "officer of the month" program. We would go to tons of businesses within the county asking for donations, and we would have the major newspaper in the county participate by writing an article/picture, etc. The idea is to distribute nomination forms, and have the officers nominate one of their own. Then, on the deadline, we are going to read through and choose 12 (with the help of an advisory panel consisting of retired LEO), and then for the next year, once a month each of the 12 will be featured in the paper and honored. I personally am very excited to approach this project, and very honored to be in charge of my idea. But I have some serious concerns, exascerbated by some comments made to me by former cops, specifically, that they believe nobody will turn in a nomination form. I need help from current or retired police officers: is there any way I can present this to ensure that they will be interested in this program, and want to help and participate? What kind of prize or recognition would be fitting, and something a police officer would be comfortable with?

I kinda need help on this...big time. Anything would be appreciated. Just please be a real police officer or retired/injured LEO. I want an expert opinion.

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Good idea. I worked within my agency for about 7 years on an Awards Committee. We reviewed nominations for everything from the Medal of Honor (our highest honor) to Officer of the Month. We were also partnered with local civic clubs that gave out Officer of the Year Awards, state entities and even Parade Magazine. Do you know if your Rotary, Lions or other civic clubs do this,...or have done it in the past?

First, let's talk about the prize. You will might not find much interest because of the Code of Ethics. Agencies and guys who would be selected may be hesitant to accept anything that might look like a gratuity. You might even have an agency that would forbid participation based soley on a prize. I don't know where you are located but this would definitely need to be considered.

Number #2: Next, you might try to hook up with the local Chiefs and Sheriffs and see if they have a regular monthly or regular meeting. See if you can get some time with them when they are together and make your presentation. They know their agencies and anything like you're talking about would absolutely need to be coordinated through them. Besides, if they give the word that their agency is going to participate, then you will have participation.


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There are no local clubs that do this project, like Lions Clubs or wherever. As for the Code of Ethics, I don't know...I assumed that if was an award for an honor it would be okay, but I don't know. Thanks so much, TheSarge, for the suggestions. I need so many...just wanna make sure all my bases are covered.

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For clarification, the only 'prize' that is acceptable is one that is paid for beforehand. By that I mean if you solicit businesses for support and they 'donate' an item and that item or items are handed over to a cop as a prize, then you have a type of gratuity.

Here's the scenario. It's a short one. Officer Z makes a traffic stop on Store Owner M. M is a contributor to your awards program. M mentions to Z, "Ya know, I DID help with that Officer of the Month program.", implying he wants Z to cut him a break. Gotcha !!! M gave to the program hoping on maybe he could pull the donation card if he ever got in trouble. And let's make it a loo-loo....Officer Z is the Officer of the Month.

Everyone will have a different take on this. But it is a lot cleaner to leave the sponsors out of it, have the agency(s) pitch in for a nice plaque and maybe buy a couple of dinner prizes and call it a day. Heck, you can have an entire house re-roofed by a bunch of cops for tri-tip and beer ! Food !!! Now THAT's a prize. Ask any cop....


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i'd like that myself sarge . i think you are right about that , oh and the other stuff too :)


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Thanks, Val. I appreciate the 'back' !!!


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What Sarge says is very true. You have to be very careful about the businesses that contribute to this in ANY form. Frankly a plaque is just fine along with a certificate of appreciation for the Officer for the monthly or even quarterly award. For the yearly award maybe you can send the Officer and his family to DisneyWorld or something like that. How about a cruise for 2? That can be had for around $1,000. Hopefully you can keep it non-political. Good luck with that and maybe the best way is to have a panel of top businessmen or retired LEO's select the deserving Officers.

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Cop of the year or month is a great idea. Those who go above and beyond should be recognized. I agree with having a committee. I have seen " a situation" where an officer rescued two individuals from a residence, where the son had barricaded himself in the residence with a gun. But, there was no committee. A single person decided to give an "Officer of the Year Award" to an individual for filling out an order form and getting free equipment for the police department. The equipment did not serve any purpose and was never used. There were no set guidelines for an evaluation. I may be wrong, but an officer putting him or herself in harms way far exceeds that of free equipment as a potential candidate. 1) Committee 2) Guidelines 3) Be Proud of Your Decision (announce the good deed.. paper / luncheon) **If your choice has to be kept a secret, maybe you should look harder** Yes, I’ve seen it !! I am proud of my guys and girls. When their good deeds are over looked for material items...I become very..emotional. I do give out awards. (usually two - one for the file and a personal "Put Assess in Jail Award". The "P.A.I.J. Awards have been more popular than the one's in their file..I'll try to upload one.

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The Agency/ Department usually has it's Supervisor's submit what they think is outstanding work done by a Officer, through the Chain of Command. Acheivement, Lifesaving, Etc. I give you a example of a letter made out by the Mesa Public Safety Foundation:

Officer Friendly

Your exemplary police work as part of the team that quickly apprenended the homicide, kiidnap, sexual assault and armed robbery suspect last Feruary in the Four Peaks area -- has been brought to the attention of the Mesa Public Safety Foundation.

The violent nature of the suspect would indicate that, were it not for speedy excellence of you and your team--certainly additional felonies and perhaps deaths could have occurred.

On behalf of the grateful citizens of your community and those of the entire State-- we wish to commend you- your professionalism in this case must be considered a "standard of excellence".

Again, our appreciation for public service well done.

This letter was sent to all the Officer's involved in this case and to there police departments. Sweet and to the point, no money, no awards. I feel that a Officer or Fireman should not have his picture put in the newspaper, unless it involves a life saving incident. We like to be heard not seen!!!

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I spent my entire career keeping my face away from the camera. My name was there quite a bit and many people saw the back of my head but only once did my face appear. That was when I first came on and was a photo of me with long hair for winning the JP Strom award at the Academy. It was a file photo and I was rather pissed they used a photo at all but the city saw it as great PR

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You're looking for a good cause? How about collecting money for injuries that may occur to officers. 4 months ago i was in a terrible motorcycle accident that left me with a broken neck and 6 broken ribs. My insurance through the city i work for is good but the deductible is high not to mention the co pays for all of the doctors visits. During the time of my accident I was in Arkansas for a national K-9 competition. Thank God for the N.N.D.D.A. ( National Narcotic Detector Dog Association ) because all of the officers belonging to the N.N.D.D.A. that were there, collected about $1100.00 for me. That money helped out tremendously with all of my co pays and deductibles that i normally would not have been able to afford. After major surgery on my neck, I have today( 08-13-07) started back at work on a light duty status. Without the help of the fellow K-9 officers at the convention, I would stil be trying to save money for my operation because my department didn't help at all.