The American Legion 2009
Department Law Enforcement Officer
of the Year Award
WHAT, WHY and HOW - g: Reside and be assigned or attached for duty in the
Department from which they are selected.
1. SCOPE: Americans in recent years have been h: Federal agents serving in overseas Departments
experiencing an unprecedented crime wave which has may be nominated by the overseas Department.
permeated all States and neighborhoods in our country, i: Nominees selected for this award shall be available
and crime is rapidly becoming America’s foremost to receive this award at The American Legion
domestic problem. The Preamble of the Constitution of Department Convention.
The American Legion includes as one of its j: Military police officers or investigators are not
objectives.......“to maintain Law and Order”. As con- eligible for participation in this award.
cerned citizens and veterans, Legionnaires have k: Department nominees who have been previously
always fostered a strong sense of law and order and have submitted for this national award may be resubmit-
upheld the protection of American citizens and the ted if they have been re-selected by the Department.
American way of life. They have always held law
enforcement agencies in the highest regard and many 4. DEPARTMENT APPLICATION PACKETS: Depart-
Posts and Departments already recognize outstanding ment application packets for their nominee should not
law enforcement officers of various jurisdictions who exceed 10 typewritten, legible pages, on 8 1/2” x 11”
daily serve our communities and frequently lay their bond paper and should consist of the following
lives on the line. documentation:
2. PURPOSE: The purpose of this instruction is to specify a: Application form--Complete the attached applica-
the guidelines, eligibility criteria and application tion form and use it as the first page or cover page
requirements for selection and presentation of a National of the application.
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. The b: The goal of the National Law and Order Committee
major purpose of this award, is to encourage the further is to select a well-rounded law enforcement officer
development of Department and Post Law and Order who has exceeded, above and beyond, the duty
Committees in all Divisions in recognition of law requirements of his/her position and who
enforcement officers by Posts, Divisions and the Depart- exemplifies the virtues of professionalism and
ment Headquarters of The American Legion. dedication and has demonstrated a distinct pattern
of community service to his/her community, State
3. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: To be eligible for or Nation; and also has proven his/her personal
consideration, Department nominees must meet the
a: Be a citizen of the United States, male or female.
b: Be a living, active, full-time and paid, sworn law
enforcement officer entrusted with the authority and 2008
powers of arrest.
c: Consideration for a posthumous award will be Department
acceptable only if the nominees death has occurred Law
after the Department’s selection and within the
dates for which the award is being presented. Enforcement
d: Be assigned to a Municipal (City), County, District Officer
or State Police or Highway Patrol, Sheriff’s office,
or as a sworn Federal law enforcement officer of the
(e.g., FBI or Secret Service Agent, United States Year
Federal Marshal, National Park Police, etc.
e: Be selected as the Department Law Enforcement
Officer of the Year. Sponsored by:
f: Department nominees need not be a veteran nor a Officer Rockton
member of The American Legion. Penney A. Cure
“… to maintain Law and Order.”
dedication to societal security and protection. The officials as further evidence of heroic and/or
law enforcement officer must be recommended by meritorious performance of duty by the officer.
his/her Commanding Officer or Supervisor for this e: Include a copy of your nominee’s State or Federal
award. The Commanding Officer or Supervisor certification as a law enforcement officer as well as
should also state that the law enforcement officer, copies of pertinent training and education certificates
if selected for this award, will be available for its as appropriate.
presentation at Department Convention. Specific f: Include a full-length color or black and white photo
acts of heroism and meritorious citations presented of the nominee.
by his/her law enforcement agency should be g: The Department which submits the winning nominee
included and documented. The application packet will be notified by certified mail as expeditiously as
should be subdivided into the following categories: possible.
h: Remember to let your nominee know what The
Section I Professional Career American Legion Department Law Enforcement
Section II Community Service Officer of the Year Award is, and receive assurance
Section III Heroism from the officer’s chain of command that if your
Section IV Letters of Recognition nominee is selected as the winner that he/she will be
Section V News Clippings available for the award presentation at the
Department Convention. The winning officer is
c: Community Service: Outstanding service to the requested to appear in full uniform at The
Community, State or Nation by the officer, in both Department Convention at the time of presentation.
on-duty and off-duty activities, should be explained
for the past year and may include previous years. All efforts have been expended, and will continue to be
Cite, for example, awards and/or supporting letters expended, to assure fairness and impartiality to all Department
from City or County Commissioners, letters from nominees. We strongly believe that the presentation of the
State officials and letters from The American Department Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award will
Legion Department or Posts, or from citizens attest- reflect great credit on law enforcement officers and agencies,
ing to and commending the officer for his/her com- communities and states, our Nation and The American Legion.
munity service contributions. It is our underlying hope that this award program will also
d: Citations for heroism or meritorious performance of further encourage such recognition of “America’s Finest” at the
duty should be explained for the past year and may Post and Department levels.
include previous years. Include citations and any
supporting letters from the officer’s chain of Bernard Stegmueller, Chairman
command as well as other documentation from City, Dept. Safety, Law & Order Cmte
County, State authorities and American Legion
APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO
NO LATER THAN MAY 30, 2009
Safety, Law & Order Division Chairmen
1st Div., 4th Dist. 116 N. Charlton St. Willow Springs, IL 60480 (708) 839-1309
2nd Div., 12th Dist. 1650 Oakland Dr. Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 762-0396
3rd Div., 20th Dist. Ronald A. Payne 54 E. Lake Estates Mt. Sterling, IL 62353 (217) 773-2080
4th Div., 21st Dist. Delmar R. Buske 904 N. Van Buren St. Litchfield, IL 62056 (217) 324-5927
5th Div., 23rd Dist. Dudley Madden 9953 President Ct. Breese, IL 62230 (618) 526-4170
The American Legion
Department Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Age_________Marital Status_________Spouse's Name____________________________________
Length of Service as Law Enforcement Officer___________________________________________
Agency Director__________________________________ Title_____________________________
Nominee's Supervisor______________________________ Title_____________________________
Sponsoring Post Name___________________No.________District__________Division_________
Post Commander's Name____________________________________________________________
Local radio/TV station serving area
Local newspaper serving area
Signature of Division Chairman Date Signature of Post Commander Date
Application Deadline: May 30, 2009 (Return to Division Chairmen)