U.S. Justice Department accepting nominations for 2003 Medal of Valor

Washington, D.C. – Attorney General John Ashcroft has announced that the Department of Justice is now accepting nominations for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award that can be bestowed on civilian public safety officers. The Medal will be awarded by the President of the United States to public safety officers who have exhibited extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty.

According to Ashcroft, “a nation’s character is revealed by the men and women it honors. We depend on public safety officers for our safety and security. Public safety officers return our trust by standing on the front line of challenging battles, tirelessly pursuing justice so that all of us can live in freedom. Everyday, in ways that never make the front pages, public safety officers put their lives at risk for us. These are the individuals we wish to honor.”

Under the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act, up to five awards will be presented each year. To be considered for this year’s awards, an officer must be nominated for events that occurred between June 1, 2002, and May 31, 2003. Nominations must be made by the chiefs or directors of officer’s employing department, and must be received by the Department of Justice by August 15, 2003. The Medal of Valor Review Board will consider all nominations and recommend award recipients.

To obtain an application form and more information on the medal, visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov to obtain the application form and additional information about the Medal. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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