DEPUTY AWARDS PROGRAM
The Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association
The purpose of the BSSA's Awards Program is to recognize actions performed by members of the Sheriff's command in the State of Ohio. The Awards and Public Relations Committee of the BSSA receives recommendations from the Sheriff of an Ohio County. The committee then decides to award various medals of recognition based on an evaluation of the merits of each particular case.
Decisions on awards are made on incidents occurring during the current award year, October 1st through September 30th. The recommendation must cite specific circumstances surrounding the actions which led to that particular recommendation. A copy of the case report should be included except in cases which are confidential or for other good reasons that are subject to review. No vote by the committee is made public, no explanation or rational will be publicly provided. The committee recommended the following awards, which were adopted unanimously by the committee. Statewide awards will be presented at the Annual (BSSA) Conference. Local awards are to be presented at an appropriate occasion or ceremony within that community.
MEDAL OF HONOR
The Medal of Honor is to be awarded to an officer who voluntarily distinguishes himself/herself by extraordinary heroism. The officer must have been fully aware of the imminent threat to his/her personal safety and have acted above and beyond the call of duty at the risk of his/her own life.
The Sheriff's Star is to be awarded posthumously to an officer who has lost his/her life in the performance of his/her duty under honorable circumstances. The Sheriff's Star may be awarded in addition to other awards an officer may receive for his/her actions which led to his/her death.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
The Distinguished Service Medal is to be awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct involving exemplary courage, great risk and danger to the officer's personal safety, but less than that required for the Medal Of Honor. The Distinguished Service Medal may also be awarded for meritorious service in the performance of an assignment of great responsibility, the excellence of such performance distinguishing both the officer and his/her office.
CITIZENS' AWARD OF VALOR
The Citizens' Award of Valor is to be awarded to private citizens who voluntarily come to the aid of a law enforcement officer or another citizen at great personal risk of their own lives in situations arising out of an activity wherein the citizens involved has no personal motive or stake in the outcome.
SHERIFF'S PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AWARD
The Sheriff's Professional Service Award is to be
awarded to Sheriff's who retire or die following a career of honorable service and who
were acting, voting members of the BSSA less than ten years - CERTIFICATE AWARD
The Spock Award is to be awarded posthumously to an animal who lost their life in performance of their duty under honorable circumstances in the aid of law enforcement. A plaque is presented in recognition that the recipient gave their life in the service of the community it served.
LOCAL SHERIFF'S OFFICE AWARDS
This program is provided to each Ohio County Sheriff, provided that he or she adopts the program at their option.
The Office Citation is to be awarded to a Sheriff's Office employee for:
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
The Certificate of Merit is to be awarded to a Sheriff's Office employee for:
The Certificate of Merit should not be awarded in conjunction with any other award for the same service or deed.
AWARD OF VALOR
The Award of Valor may be awarded to commissioned
officers or other uniformed employees who sustain serious injury in the line of duty.
The Lifesaving Award is to be awarded to an officer for saving a human
INDIVIDUAL COMMENDATION: May be presented to law enforcement officers or
civilian personnel who have performed efficient and valuable service to the office, either
in carrying out a specific task or in the performance of general duties over an extended
period of time.
SAFE DRIVING AWARD
The Safe Driving Award is to be awarded to those
officers whose driving practices have exhibited sufficient ability to avoid
DEPUTY OF THE YEAR
The Deputy of the Year award is to be awarded by the
Sheriff of each county based on the office's own criteria of a certified Peace Officer.
CORRECTIONS OFFICER OF THE YEAR
The Corrections Officer of the Year is to be awarded by the
Sheriff of each county based on the office's own criteria of a person assigned to
Other Awards from the Local Sheriff
The Civilian Citation may be awarded to civilians whose actions result in:
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Upon recommendation of any command officer, the Sheriff may issue a Certificate of Appreciation to any deserving individual for a deed which is worthy of recognition but which does not fall within other award guidelines.
DISPLAY OF AWARDS
Awards are worn on uniform, above right breast pocket and centered. Order of display from top to bottom and left to right. All stars (indicates additional awards) point up. Awards may be worn at the discretion of the deputy during routine assignment while in uniform. Awards should be worn at official inspection and other official ceremonies where a deputy is in uniform as a representative of the Sheriff.
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