Every day, law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect American citizens and communities. While in the line of duty, officers constantly encounter situations which require them to engage in exceptional acts of bravery. To honor these individuals, Congress enacted the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008, which created the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB). Each year, medals are awarded by the U.S. Attorney General and presented by Congressional representatives to federal, state, and local law enforcement officers for their courageous acts.
Exemplary acts of bravery from previous recipients range from Deputy Arturo Ramirez’s instinctive response of entering a burning building and saving three lives, to Officer German Rodriguez’s off-duty actions of spoiling a fleeing bank robber, to Officer Anna Carrizales’ dedication to protecting her community, chasing down three criminals after being shot twice. These are only a mere few examples of the countless acts of bravery our law enforcement officers display every time they put on a uniform.
The Police Foundation encourages you to nominate any federal, state, or local law enforcement officer that is deserving of the CBOB for their courageous acts in the line of duty. You can recognize these outstanding individuals by visiting the website before February 15, 2016.