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PublixThe Florida Police Chiefs Association established the Police Officer of the Year Award in 1998 to recognize police officers who have demonstrated exceptional achievement and shown a genuine commitment to their profession, their agency and the public they serve.

On January 11, 2001 the Board of Directors unanimously approved a proposal to honor the memory of Lee McGehee who passed away on September 19, 2000, by naming the Police Officer of the Year Award after him. Subsequently, on June 10, 2001, the Board decided to expand the scope of the program to recognize an Officer of the Year from small (1 – 30 sworn officers), medium (31 – 75 sworn officers) and large (more than 75 sworn officers) size agencies.  Click here to read about Chief Lee McGehee.


ELIGIBILITY: All sworn, full-time Florida Police Officers from Florida Municipal, College/University, School Board/District, Tribal or Airport law enforcement agencies, below the rank of Chief, of FPCA member agencies are eligible. Nominations may be made for exceptional achievement in any police endeavor, including extraordinary valor, crime prevention, investigative work, community policing, traffic safety, drug control and prevention, juvenile programs and training programs. An “Officer of the Year” will be selected from each of the following sized agencies:
  • Small (1 – 30 sworn officers)
  • Medium (31 – 75 sworn officers)
  • Large (more than 75 sworn officers)

Nominations for the awards should be made for police endeavors, either on-duty or off-duty, that occurred between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year. An agency may nominate only one officer. Neither the individual making the nomination or the nominee need be a member of the FPCA.

ENDORSEMENT: Nominations must have a signed endorsement from the agency head.

NOMINATIONS: The FPCA nomination form must accompany each nomination and include:

  • A statement of the specific circumstances involving police performance that went beyond normal job requirements.  Please submit a current photo of the nominee.  Please note that nomination materials will not be returned. No notebooks, please.


DEADLINE: The deadline for receipt of nominations is February 1st.

NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified as soon as possible after March 15th, after final approval by the FPCA Executive Board.

PRESENTATION: Awards will be presented during the FPCA Annual Summer Conference.

For ethical reasons, individual members of the nominating review committees should not score any nominations from their current or past agencies, or any nominee whom they know personally and therefore may be influenced by that relationship.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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