Award Opportunities & Standards
Officer of the Year
Any female law enforcement officer who, along with encompassing all the criteria of the Excellence in Performance Award, has a history of excellence in leadership, community service and mentoring and day-to-day performance.
Any female law enforcement officer who encompasses all the criteria listed in the Excellence in Performance Award and performs demonstrable skills in (1) problem solving, (2) planning and organization, (3) communication and (4) administration.
Medal of Valor
To be awarded to any officer who gives her life in the line of duty or to any officer who distinguishes herself by an act of bravery or heroism, at risk of her own personal safety or in the face of great danger, above and beyond the call of duty.
Excellence in Performance
Any female law enforcement officer who encompasses demonstrable, excellent skills related to day-to-day police assignments including, but not limited to, investigative work, street activity (uniformed or plainclothes), supervision or leadership, special assignments, decoy/sting operations, and/or any other day-to-day performance that is considered excellent.
Melissa Schmidt Community Service
Any female law enforcement officer who encompasses all the criteria listed in the Excellence in Performance Award and performs demonstrable skill or activities in the design, implementation and/or participation in (1) community or school projects, (2) neighborhood watches, (3) town meetings, (4) cultural groups, or (5) other community related activities.
Excellence in Support
This award is a competitive award to recognize a female who is the member of the support staff for a law enforcement agency who provides excellent day-to-day performance and who helps enhance the agency through innovative thinking, problem solving, leadership and mentoring to other support staff personnel and law enforcement officers within their agency.
Excellence in Service
Any female member of a law enforcement agency who is either sworn or non-sworn in a reserve, community service, cadet, or detention officer position and who has gone above and beyond their duties to support their organization or their partners.
Any female law enforcement officer who volunteers in their community events, has developed community event(s), or currently plays an active role through volunteer work in the community in which they are employed.
Carolen Bailey Mentoring Award
A law enforcement officer who encompasses demonstrable skill or actions that have (1) provided assistance to women in law enforcement, (2) developed programs or policies favorable to women, (3) served on committees to review women's issues and propose recommendations or (4) other skills or activities that have advanced women in policing.
Recognition of Heritage
Any female law enforcement officer who is currently active or recently retired who reached a landmark year of 25, 30, 35 or higher years of service as a law enforcement officer in the State of Minnesota. The years of service can be a combination of different departments. Any female law enforcement officer's name that is submitted, who meets the qualifications, will be recognized.