17.00.080     DEPARTMENT AWARDS

 

 The Department’s Awards Program recognizes extraordinary efforts and meritorious acts performed by employees.  Recognition of significant accomplishments through this program promotes high morale, esprit de corps, and improved police service.

 

Department, employees who receive an award through the Awards Program are nominated by other employees.  Generally, personnel must be on duty at the time the act occurred in order to be considered for an award; however, the Chief of Police may make exceptions for acts that occurred while the employee was off duty but engaged in an authorized police activity.

 

Other forms of recognition may be awarded to Department employees at any time by the Chief of Police.  Other forms of recognition include, but not limited to, “The Commander’s Award,” letters of commendations, certificates of completion or recognition, and awards given to civilians not employed by the department.

 

Coordination and Responsibility

 

The Commander of Personnel Services or the Public Information Officer is responsible for coordination of the awards program. 

Responsibilities
include:

 

v     Maintaining a file of all nominations for each award

 

v     Presenting the chairperson of the awards committee with a list of nominees by February 28th  of each year

 

v     Maintaining a file on all actions taken for each nomination for a period of 3-years

 

v       Scheduling and coordinating an awards ceremony which will normally be held during May of each year to coincide with Police Week, but may be held at a different time at the direction of the Chief of Police.    This may include arranging for the attendance of the City Manager, Council Members, and/or other officials as appropriate.

 

v     Arranging a press release by the Public Information Officer

 

v     Ensuring all awards are entered into appropriate personnel records

 

v     Maintaining a supply of medals, ribbons and citations, and prepare these awards for presentation in accordance with the guidelines for each award

 

 Nomination Procedure

 

Any current department employee may nominate one or more individuals who meet the eligibility criteria specified for the appropriate award as specified below.

 

A nomination statement must be submitted on department letterhead.  The statement must provide information supporting each element required to receive the award.

 

Copies of all case reports or other supporting documents should accompany the nomination statement

 

A list of all witnesses to the incident should accompany or be included in the nomination statement

 

The nomination statement and associated documentation must be forwarded via the nominating employee's chain of command to the Personnel Services Unit Commander by February 15.

 

 Awards Committee

 

The awards committee will be appointed by the Chief of Police to serve for a period of at least one year but no more than two years.

 

The awards committee will consist of the following:

 

v     A Major or Captain, who will act as chairperson

 

v     One Lieutenant

 

v     Three Officers or Corporals

 

v     One non-sworn Department employee

 

v     One citizen member who must be a BPD Citizen Academy Graduate

 

The awards committee is responsible for reviewing all nominations in accordance with the following procedures:

 

v     The committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Chief of Police who reserves the right to bestow or deny awards recommended by committee vote

 

v     The committee will receive current nominations from the Personnel Services Unit Commander by February 28th.  Within 15 days the committee chair will convene a meeting of the awards committee.  All members must be in attendance.

 

v     The committee will review each nomination, and may call the nominee and/or witnesses to give evidence

 

v     After considering all of the evidence in accordance with the guidelines for each award, the committee will vote to recommend the nominee receive the award, another award, or none of the awards.  Five affirmative votes are required to bestow an award.

 

v     The chairperson will forward all award recommendations to the Chief of Police within 10 days of the vote

 

v     The chairperson will notify all nominees of the Chief’s final decision and forward the awards decisions to the Personnel Services Unit Commander with all supporting documents and evidence.

 

 Awards and Guidelines

 

Five awards may be bestowed upon employees of the Bellevue Police Department:

 

v      The  Medal of Valor 

 

Nominees for this award must be currently employed commissioned Department employees acting within the law and department policy who have performed an act of exceptional meritorious conduct meaning, having distinguished themselves conspicuously by fearlessly risking their own life above and beyond the call of duty.  This is an act of bravery and self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual’s action from anyone else’s actions under similar circumstances.  The nominee(s) acted in a manner that did not unduly jeopardize the mission or any individual.  The recipient of the Medal of Valor Award will be entitled to the following:

 

·    An Executive Order announcing the award and how the award was won

 

·    A certificate inside a folder and inscribed with "Medal of Valor Award" that states the act for which the award is bestowed

 

·    Medal of Valor Award Breast Bar

 

·    Medal of Valor Award medallion suspended from a ribbon

 

v      The  Police Medal

 

This award is awarded for actions which do not meet the extraordinary requirement for the Medal of Valor Award.  Nominees of this award will be sworn Department personnel.  The nominee must have:

 

·    Displayed courage and bravery while undertaking enforcement action on or off duty as part of fulfilling their responsibilities as a law enforcement officer.

 

·    Acted within the law and Department policy.

 

·    Exhibited exceptional courage and bravery.

 

·    Acted in a manner not specifically required by law or Department policy.

 

·    Acted in a manner that did not unduly jeopardize any mission or individual.

 

·    Demonstrated use of good judgment.

 

The recipient of the Police Medal Award will be entitled to the following:

 

·    An Executive Order announcing the award and how the award was won

 

·    A certificate inside a folder and inscribed with "Police Medal Award" that states the act for which the award is bestowed

 

·    Police Medal Award Breast Bar

 

·    Police Medal Award medallion suspended from a ribbon

 

v      The  Blue Star Medal

 

Nominees for this award must be sworn Department employees who:

 

·    Were killed or seriously injured while performing police duties; or,

 

·    After being shot, were saved from serious injury or death by their protective body armor.

 

·    Acted appropriately according to law and/or Department policy.

 

If injured, injury must have:

 

·    Caused substantial risk of death or serious or prolonged disfigurement or impairment of general health

 

·    Required immediate hospitalization

 

·    Been caused by the intentional action of another to injure the officer; or,

 

·    Occurred in a situation where the officer exhausted all reasonable safety precautions or had little or no control over the circumstances.

 

The recipient of the Blue Star Medal Award will be entitled to the following:

 

·    An Executive Order announcing the award that states how the award was won

 

·    A certificate inside a folder and inscribed with "Blue Star Medal Award" that states the act for which the award is bestowed

 

·    Blue Star Medal Award Breast Bar

 

·    Blue Star Medal Award Medallion suspended from a ribbon

 

v      The  Meritorious Service Award

 

Nominees of this award must be current sworn or non-sworn Department employees.  The nominee must have:

 

·    Performed a police service that required exceptional performance in a difficult assignment, investigation, or arrest.

 

·    Acted within the law and Department Policy

 

·    Demonstrated outstanding performance of duty under unusually complicated, and/or hazardous conditions over an extended period of time

 

·    Clearly exceeded the normal standards of performance expected of others with comparable duties

 

The recipient of the Meritorious Service Award will be entitled to the following:

 

·    An Executive Order announcing the award that states how the award was won

 

·    A certificate inside a folder and inscribed with "Meritorious Service Award" that states the act for which the award is bestowed

 

·    Meritorious Service Award Breast Bar

 

v      The  Lifesaving Award

 

Nominees for this award must be current sworn or non-sworn Department employees.  The nominee must have:

 

·    Acted within the law and department policy

 

·    Acted in a significant manner to save or prolong another's life

 

·    Acted to ultimately save a life, when the life of another was in immediate peril

 

·    Directly assisted in the delivery of a child

 

The recipient of the Life Saver Award will be entitled to the following:

 

·    An Executive Order announcing the award and how the award was won

 

·    A certificate inside a folder and inscribed with "Life Saver Award" that states the act for which the award is bestowed

 

·    Life Saver Award Breast Bar

 

v       Commander’s Award

 

This award permits the Command Staff to recognize substantially superior performance by other employees.  A Section Commander or above may nominate an employee within his/her section who meets the following requirements:

 

·    Must be a current Department member, and

 

·    Have demonstrated either through a single event or for a prolonged period, exceptional or superior work performance

 

·    Made a significant contribution to Department efficiency and/or effectiveness as demonstrated by a technical innovation or by a method resulting in significant cost savings

 

All nominations for this award must be forwarded to the Chief of Police for final approval.

 

Upon approval, the recipient of the Commander’s Award shall be entitled to the following:

 

·    A letter of Commendation that gives a detailed description of the act for which the award is being given

 

·    A certificate inside a folder and inscribed with “Commander’s Award”