WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance is accepting nominations beginning Thursday, December 15 for the Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery and the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery. The nomination period closes February 15, 2017.
Every day, federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officers engage in exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty. To honor these acts, Congress passed the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-298) creating the two awards.
WHAT: The 2016 Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery and the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery.
NOMINATION PERIOD: Open 8:00 A.M. (ET) December 15, 2016 through 11:59 P.M. (ET) February 15, 2017. Nominations must be submitted through the online Congressional Badge of Bravery nominating system, available at www.bja.gov. NOTE: The application link will be live on December 15.
CRITERIA: Acts of bravery, as described by the Act, performed between January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 by federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officers, nominated by the head of the agency.
REFERENCES: Additional information about the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery is available at www.bja.gov.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.
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SOURCE Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs