The nomination period for the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery is now open. Enacted in 2008, the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act honors federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers for exceptional acts of bravery while in the line of duty. According to the Act, public safety officers that meet the following definition are eligible to receive the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB). Officers must be:
A federal, state, local, or tribal law enforcement officer(s) nominated by his or her agency head, who:
- Sustained a physical injury while—While not injured, performed an act characterized as bravery by the agency head making the nomination that placed the individual at risk of serious physical injury or death.
- Engaged in the lawful duties of the individual;
- Performing an act characterized as bravery by the agency head making the nomination; and
- Put the individual at personal risk when the injury occurred; or
Law enforcement agency heads looking to recognize an officer must submit a nomination between December 14, 2012 and February 15, 2013 through the online system. Those selected to be recipients will be awarded a Congressional Badge of Bravery for acts of bravery performed between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.
For more information about the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Program or the nomination process, visit the CBOB website.