Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor
Nomination for Extraordinary Valor
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
The MOV nomination period is now open. Nominations are due by July 31, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. (ET). For questions about the MOV nomination process or submissions, please contact Gregory Joy, Designated Federal Officer, Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, at Gregory.Joy@usdoj.gov.
The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is 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 his or her 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
For a nominee to be eligible to receive the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, an online nomination must be completed and submitted via the online nomination system. Any additional supporting materials (e.g., documents, videos) may be emailed to Gregory.Joy@usdoj.gov.
Note: documents/files that contain personal identify information (“PII” such as a date of birth or SSN) should not be included among supporting material submissions. The options for submitting supporting documents/files are: a) submit via email; or b) if needed, request access to submit via DOJ’s JEFS account (secure online account). Supporting materials and other documents may not be submitted via US Mail. The point of contact to email supporting materials or to obtain JEFS account access is Mr. Gregory Joy, 202-514-1369 or Gregory.Joy@usdoj.gov.
All nominations must come from/be submitted with the approval of the agency head for the public safety agency that employs the nominee(s). A separate online nomination is required for each nominee, and it 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:
- An online nomination must be completed and submitted via the MOV nomination system.
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.
Note: 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.
Alert – Should any agency attempting to submit a Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor online nomination, receive an error message prohibiting the submission, then 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 with the POC to help resolve the issue.