Recognition Program

Most careers don’t merit awards. A career in the Minneapolis Police Department is different. MDP employees face life-changing challenges and at times demonstrate heroic courage. Bravery, good deeds, hard work, and team work are rewarded in the MPD.

The Chief of Police presents MPD awards throughout the year and at the annual MPD Employee Awards banquet. Below is a list of Minneapolis Police Department awards:

Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is awarded MPD employees 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. This award may be given posthumously to an employee who has died while involved in action of demonstrated heroism.

Medal of Valor

The Medal of Valor is awarded to MPD employees for an act of bravery that demonstrates obvious self-sacrifice in the face of death or serious physical injury.

Medal of Commendation

The Medal of Commendation is awarded to MPD employees for an outstanding act that brings credit to the MPD and is highly recognized by other officers or citizens. This act is characterized by obvious self-sacrifice while facing personal danger.

Department Award of Merit

The Department Award of Merit is awarded to MPD employees 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.

Life Saving Award

The Life Saving Award is awarded to MPD employees for acts that contribute to the saving of a life.

Unit Citation Award

The Unit Citation Award is awarded to a unit, precinct, or division, at the discretion of the Chief of Police for exemplary service or a specific action.

Chief's Award of Merit

The Chief's Award of Merit is awarded to MPD employees for performance resulting in improved operations, outstanding community service, or substantial savings in organizational costs.

Outstanding Employee Pin

The Chief of Police awards Outstanding Employee pins. Pins are given to recognize employees for exceptional activities that benefit the MPD. Anyone may write a letter to the Chief of Police recommending a MPD employee for the Outstanding Employee pin.

Last updated Sep 27, 2011



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