Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor
Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor
Nomination for Extraordinary Valor
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV) period is now open. The nomination submission period has been extended to August 7, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. (ET). For questions about the MOV nomination process or submissions, please contact Gregory Joy, Designated Federal Officer, MOV, at Gregory.Joy@usdoj.gov.

The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is cited by the Attorney General and awarded by the President to a public safety officer who has exhibited exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of their own personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.

For the purpose of this award, a public safety officer is defined as a person serving a public agency, with or without compensation, as a firefighter, law enforcement officer, or emergency services officer. The term "law enforcement officer" includes a person who is a corrections or court officer or a civil defense officer.

For a nominee to be eligible to receive the MOV, a nomination must be completed and submitted via the online nomination system. Additional supporting materials may be emailed to Gregory.Joy@usdoj.gov. Supporting materials, including the “AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF INFORMATION” that contain personally identifiable information or PII, such as a date of birth or Social Security Number, should not be emailed to this address. To submit documents containing PII, email Gregory.Joy@usdoj.gov to request access to submit via the U.S. Department of Justice’s secure online system, the Justice Enterprise File Sharing (JEFS) account. Do not mail or send any hard copy documentation. For questions, email Mr. Joy or call him at 202-514-1369.

All nominations must come from/be submitted with the approval of the agency head for the public safety agency that employs the nominee. The “Summary of Valorous Conduct” information added to each nomination, serves as the public safety agency head’s certification that the information provided is factually accurate. A separate online nomination is required for each nominee, and can only serve to nominate for a single event that occurred during the current eligibility period. The MOV Program is currently accepting nominations for events that take place between June 1, 2022, and May 31, 2023.

To be considered for the Medal of Valor:

  1. An online nomination must be completed and submitted via the MOV nomination system.
  2. All required elements within the online nomination must be completed. The MOV nomination template will outline each individual element that is required with the nomination.
  3. As part of the MOV nomination, the AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF INFORMATION form (https://jefs.box.com/s/0u80wp3rce259uwobcpuowb4ef2gqvkb) must be downloaded, completed by the nominee, and uploaded to the JEFS account. Do not email any completed AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF INFORMATION. (For fallen nominees, this form is not required.) To upload this form, email Gregory.Joy@usdoj.gov a request to receive access to the JEFS account.

Alert – Should any agency attempting to submit a Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor online nomination receive an error message prohibiting the submission, the error may be due to the use of certain characters and/or fonts. Please email a screenshot of any error message to Gregory.Joy@usdoj.gov along with the agency's point of contact (POC) information. A representative will follow up to help resolve the issue.