Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing

Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing

The Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing recognizes individual state, local, or tribal sworn rank-and-file police officers, deputies and troopers for exceptional efforts in effective community policing. The awards will be presented by the Attorney General at a ceremony honoring the recipients in Washington, D.C., at the Great Hall of the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Department Building. 

Eligible candidates must be in a nonsupervisory position at the time the activities/programs/initiatives for which they are being nominated took place. The winning officer(s), deputy(ies) or trooper(s) will have demonstrated active exceptional performance in one of three areas:

  1. Innovations in Community Policing
  2. Criminal Investigations
  3. Field Operations

Within each of these categories, awards will be given to sworn police officers, deputies and troopers serving within small, medium, and large jurisdictions.

  • Small: Agencies serving populations fewer than 50,000
  • Medium: Agencies serving populations 50,000 to 250,000
  • Large: Agencies serving populations over 250,000


Following are examples of eligible activities for each award area. Nominations are not limited to these specific activities; however, the nominated activity should exemplify community policing and problem-solving principles.

Please note: Nominees (rank-and-file officers, deputies, and troopers) must be in a non-supervisory position at the time the nominated event, activities, and/or programs occurred  to be an eligible candidate for this award.

  • Innovations in Community Policing. Examples in this category include engaging in significant problem-solving activities, the creation of productive community partnerships, or the implementation of new policing programs or initiatives that have a significant impact on public safety problems, build and enhance mutual trust, respect and community satisfaction.
  • Criminal Investigations. Examples in this category include solving a particularly difficult case such as a cold-case homicide investigation, conducting a comprehensive gang or drug investigation that results in the disruption and dismantling of a known gang responsible for significant violence in the community, using creative and collaborative investigation techniques to apprehend a prolific burglary or serial robbery suspect, working in collaboration with the community on an investigation, or developing an effective program or strategy that increases the department’s criminal case clearance rates.
  • Field Operations. Examples in this category include heroic, quick, innovative, or otherwise exceptional police work in partnership with other officers, agencies, or the community to make a significant arrest or solve a noteworthy case or community problem; solving a particularly challenging crime through community partnerships and the use of stellar preliminary investigation techniques; working with other officers, agencies, or the community to effectively enforce violations of state or federal criminal laws impacting the community including immigration and violent offenses (including drug trafficking and firearm crimes); and working to abate neighborhood blight and reduce crime, engaging at-risk youth to reduce crime and victimization and build trust, or successfully using de-escalation techniques to resolve a potentially violent situation such as a suicide, a person in a mental health crisis or struggling with substance abuse, a hostage situation, or a barricaded suspect.


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Nominations for the Fifth Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing will remain open until June 28, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Nominations may be submitted by the potential recipient’s supervisors, professional peers, or members of the local community and may include references and URL links to news sources and promotional or other materials that describe or substantiate the activity, program, or initiative for which the nominee(s) is being nominated. Nominations must be submitted in the following format:

Nominations should be submitted through the web-based application form. The online application will direct the nominating individuals to complete the following fields:

  1. Name and rank of nominee(s) (must be a rank-and-file officers, deputies and troopers in a nonsupervisory position), the lead agency name, and the size of population served by the agency
  2. Name and affiliation of the nominating individual
  3. Nomination category for the activities, programs, or initiatives for which the nominee(s) is being nominated (Criminal Investigations, Field Operations, or Innovations in Policing)
  4. A detailed description of the specific action(s), programs, or initiatives of the nominee(s) for which s/he is being nominated
  5. Agency point of contact information

Nominations must be submitted by 8:00 p.m. EST, Monday, June 28, 2021. In the event that agencies or other nominating parties are unable to access the online application, nomination letters may be sent via email. The nomination letter should be no longer than three pages and should include the fields listed here. Nominations submitted in letter format must be sent via email to by 8:00 p.m. EST, Monday, June 28, 2021.

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2016-2017 Recipients

2017-2018 Recipients

2018-2019 Recipients

Updated August 11, 2022

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