2-300 Employee and Citizen Awards
Any MPD employee may initiate an award recommendation. A Recommendation for Award form (MP-1600) shall be completed and forwarded to the Commander of the person recommended. Commanders will forward only Life Saving, Medal of Honor, Medal of Valor, Commendation Award, and Department Award of Merit requests within five (5) working days to the Chief's Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant will assign an award log number and forward the award recommendation to the Awards Committee. The Committee will make a recommendation and return their recommendation and the Recommendation for Award Form to the Chief’s Administrative Assistant. He/she will then forward the form to the appropriate Bureau Head and the Chief for final approval. (7/11/06)
Nominations for Unit Citations will be requested annually by Police Administration. (7/11/06)
The Chief's Administrative Assistant will forward all award recommendations, approved or disapproved, to MPD Human Resources for inclusion in the employee's personnel file.
The Medal of Honor may be awarded to any MPD employee for an act of outstanding bravery or heroism. Demonstrated unselfishness, courage, and the immediate high risk of death or serious physical injury would characterize such an act. The award may also be given posthumously to an employee who has died while involved in action of demonstrated heroism.
The Medal of Honor sworn recipient shall receive a commemorative medal with blue ribbon, certificate of recognition, and a blue uniform bar. The Medal of Honor civilian recipient shall receive a certificate of recognition and a plaque.
The Medal of Valor may be awarded to any MPD employee for an act of bravery that demonstrates obvious self-sacrifice in the face of death or serious physical injury.
The Medal of Valor sworn recipient shall receive a commemorative medal with red ribbon, certificate of recognition, and a red uniform bar. The Medal of Valor civilian recipient shall receive a certificate of recognition and a plaque.
The Medal of Commendation may be awarded to any MPD employee for an outstanding act that brings credit to the MPD and is highly recognized by other employees or citizens. This act is characterized by obvious self-sacrifice while facing personal danger. (7/11/06)
The Medal of Commendation sworn recipient shall receive a commemorative medal with green ribbon, certificate of recognition, and a green uniform bar. The Medal of Commendation civilian recipient shall receive a certificate of recognition and a plaque.
The Department Award of Merit may be awarded to any MPD employee for an outstanding act or achievement that brings credit to the MPD. It involves performance above and beyond that required by the employee's basic work assignment or exceptional professional skill and conduct during a coordinated action. The award may also be awarded to any MPD employee for exceptional investigative work that brings credit to the MPD. (12/18/03)
The Department Award of Merit sworn recipient shall receive a certificate of recognition and silver uniform bar. The Department Award of Merit civilian recipient shall receive a certificate of recognition and a plaque.
The Life Saving Award may be awarded to any MPD employee for acts that directly contribute to the effort and attempt of saving of a person’s life in which the MPD employee played an active role and had direct verbal and/or contact with the person whose life was in danger. (07/11/06) (03/01/11) (01/03/14)
The Life Saving Award sworn recipient shall receive a certificate of recognition and a white uniform bar. The Life Saving Award civilian recipient shall receive a certificate of recognition and a plaque.
The Unit Citation Award may be awarded to a unit, precinct, or division, at the discretion of the Chief of Police for exemplary service or a specific action.
The award shall consist of a commemorative plaque to be displayed at the unit, precinct or division. An employee assigned for the entire time period considered or the specific action performed may receive this award. Officers will be awarded a gold uniform bar. MPD civilian personnel will receive a unit citation pin.
This award (plaques only) may be granted to other law enforcement agencies or civilian City of Minneapolis employees.
The Chief's Award of Merit may be presented to an MPD employee for performance resulting in improved operations, outstanding community service, or substantial savings in organizational costs. This award may also be granted to other law enforcement agencies or civilian City of Minneapolis employees.
The Chief's Award of Merit recipient shall receive a commemorative plaque and certificate of recognition.
The recommendation for this award shall be completed and forwarded to the appropriate Precinct or Division Commander, who will make a decision on the award. Recommendations shall then be sent to the Chief’s Administrative Assistant who will order the plaque for approved awards. (7/11/06)
A Bureau Head, Precinct or Division Commander may award an MPD employee in their command an Outstanding Employee pin. Pins are given to recognize employees for exceptional activities that benefit the MPD. Anyone may write a letter to the appropriate Commander recommending a MPD employee for the Outstanding Employee pin. (7/11/06)
The Distinguished Service Award may be presented to any Minneapolis Police Department employee or unit having demonstrated compassion to those in need by providing understanding, empathy and confidence, in addition to a solution. Recipient(s) of this award will have demonstrated altruism while attending to the needs of a specific community or individual above and beyond the call of duty. The distinguished service provided will have resulted in a positive impact upon the individual or community and the Department.
Nominations may be made by employees of the Minneapolis Police Department, employees of any City department, or members of the public who have witnessed or been the recipient of distinguished service provided by an MPD employee.
The Distinguished Service Award sworn recipients shall receive a certificate of recognition and a uniform bar. The Distinguished Service Award civilian recipients shall receive a certificate of recognition and a plaque.
2-301.10 EXCELLENCE IN INVESTIGATION AWARD (04/16/12)
2-302 MPD AWARDS COMMITTEE (01/16/02) (07/11/06) (12/01/08) (03/01/11)
The MPD Awards Committee reviews and recommends approval or disapprovals for commendations for Medals of Honor, Valor, Commendation, Department Award of Merit, Distinguished Service Award, and Life Saving Award. The Awards Committee will have not less than 11 persons but no more than 15 persons sitting on the committee and will meet monthly. The Awards Committee shall consist of:
- Chair – Deputy Chief or Inspector – One year commitment
- Co-chair – Deputy Chief or Inspector – One year commitment
- Two (2) Lieutenants – Two year term
- Two - Four (2-4) Street Sergeants – Two year term
- One (1) Investigator – Two year term
- Two- Four (2-4) Officers – Two year term
- One (1) Park Police Officer – Two year term
- One (1) MPD Civilian Employee – Two year term
The Committee Chair does not vote unless breaking a tie vote. MPD employees may be recommended for commendation up to one year from the date of the incident/occurrence. Separate documentation must be submitted for each employee being recommended for an award. Final approval for all awards, except for Citizen Appreciation Certificates will be made by the Chief or his/her designee. (12/1/08)
The appeals process for an MPD Awards Committee decision is as follows:
After the MPD Awards Committee makes a decision regarding an award request, and it is forwarded to the Chief’s Administrative Assistant, an appeal can be initiated by the Commander who processed the award request. The appeal shall be submitted in the form of a letter to the Awards Committee Chairperson from the Commander.
The Awards Committee Chairperson shall review the appeal with the Awards Committee. The committee will:
- Stand on their original award decision; or
- Concur with the appeal and change their award decision; or
- Request further detail from the Commander or his/her designee within ten days of a committee meeting, and review the decision based on the additional information. (7/11/06)
A modified awards decision will then be forwarded to the Chief’s Office. Once this appeals process has been completed, there will be no further action taken by the Awards Committee.
All MPD awards will be presented to the employee by the Chief or the employee’s Commander or their designee as soon as practical and reasonable. Certificates of Recognition will be presented at the annual MPD Employee Awards banquet. (7/11/06)
Civilian employees will receive all award items with the exception of uniform bars. A certificate and/or letter of recognition from the Chief will be included instead of the uniform bar.
Supervisors or administrative personnel are also allowed and encouraged to write letters of appreciation or acknowledgment for their subordinates. A copy of the letter shall be sent to MPD Human Resources to be placed in the employee's personnel file. (7/11//06)
MPD Employee Award Recipients will be honored at the annual MPD Employee Awards Banquet. This event will be coordinated by the MPD Administration. (7/11/06)
2-306 CITIZEN APPRECIATION AWARD (1/16/02) (7/11/06)
A Certificate of Appreciation may be presented to any citizen or community organization in recognition of outstanding service to the MPD or for assistance in law enforcement efforts. Any MPD employee may initiate a Citizen’s Appreciation Award. Recommendations, including supporting documentation, shall be forwarded to their Precinct or Division Commander
The Commander will review the recommendation.
If the award is approved, the command may print out the Citizen’s Certificate of Appreciation (located on the MPD website), have the Commander sign and date it, and present it to the citizen or community.
All citizen and community awards, with the exception of the Citizen’s Award of Valor, are handled by the Precinct or Division.
2-306.01 CITIZEN’S AWARD OF VALOR (1/16/02) (7/11/06)
The Citizen’s Award of Valor may be awarded to citizens for exemplary and heroic acts that expose them to considerable danger.
Any MPD Employee may submit a recommendation for a citizen for the Citizen’s Award of Valor to their Precinct or Division Commander. If the Commander approves the Citizen’s Award of Valor, the recommendation shall be forwarded to Police Administration for review. If approved, they will order the award for the commander to present.
Last updated Jan. 3, 2014