The MACP annually honors law enforcement officers and citizens who have demonstrated extraordinary acts of heroism. The awards are presented each June during our Awards Banquet at our Annual Professional Development Conference. The awards available are:
· THE POLICE CROSS
The Police Cross is posthumously awarded to a law enforcement officer who lost his/her life in the performance of his/her duty under honorable circumstances.
· POLICE MEDAL OF HONOR
This is the highest award the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police may bestow upon a law enforcement officer. Recipient’s will be listed on the MACP website in perpetuity and are entitled to free attendance to the MACP mid-winter and annual conferences.
The Medal of Honor is awarded to a law enforcement officer who voluntarily distinguishes him/herself by extraordinary heroism. The officer must be fully aware of the imminent threat to his/her personal safety by another human being, who is actively trying to kill or do great bodily harm to the officer, and must have acted above and beyond the call of duty at the risk of his/her own life.
· POLICE MEDAL OF VALOR
This is the second highest award the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police may bestow upon a law enforcement officer.
The Medal of Valor is awarded to a law enforcement officer 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.
· DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
This is the third highest award the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police may bestow upon a law enforcement officer.
The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to a law enforcement officer for exceptionally meritorious service in the performance of an assignment of great responsibility. The excellence of such performance distinguishing both the officer, and his/her department.
· CITIZEN’S AWARD OF VALOR
Awarded to private citizens who voluntarily come to the aid of a law enforcement officer or another citizen at great personal risk to their own lives in situations arising out of criminal activity wherein the citizen involved has no personal motive or stake in the outcome.
· PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL
The Presidential Medal is awarded for outstanding and extraordinary professional and personal service to the criminal justice system, the law enforcement profession and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. The recipient’s activities shall be of such significance as to demonstrate a personal dedication and commitment above and beyond normal professional duties and interactions. Criteria for the award may include:
1. Long term contributions to the criminal justice system and law enforcement via membership and involvement on MACP committees, boards or related bodies;
2. Sponsorship or stewardship of significant grant programs or legislation important to law enforcement; significant training accomplishments, or other widely recognized criminal justice endeavors or accomplishments.