MCPA Statewide & Innovation Awards


Each year MCPA recognizes police chiefs and their department for everything from distinguished service to innovation.  The 2018 call for entries is now open for both the Statewide Awards and Innovation Awards.  Officers and departments will be honored during the ETI and Law Enforcement Expo April 24th in Duluth.

The deadline to nominate a department and/or officer is January 9th

Statewide Award Submission Requirements:

  • All nominations must be submitted by a CLEO.
  • If you are nominating someone from another agency, the nominee’s CLEO must be notified.
  • A digital photo of the nominee must be attached in this form with the application.
      • Nominations must be submitted by Tuesday, January 9, 2018 for consideration and presentation at the Executive Training Institute Awards Banquet in April.

        Award Categories:

        • Police Officer of the Year
          • Given in recognition of an outstanding officer whose actions exceed expectations after having been injured, faced imminent personal hazards to life above and beyond the call of duty, and demonstrated courage in dangerous or emergency conditions which resulted in the successful resolution of the situation
        • Medal of Honor
          • Awarded for sacrifice in a single event which demonstrates bravery, heroism and/or self-sacrifice; clearly distinguishing the individual for gallantry and bravery under life-threatening circumstances
        • Distinguished Service Award
          • Awarded for outstanding achievement including crime prevention, detective work, community service and relations, juvenile work, drug control and prevention, training safety, mentoring, and innovative approaches to public safety
        • Meritorious Service Award
          • Awarded for exceptional achievement and extraordinary valor, service, professionalism and leadership.
        • Police Cross
          • Given in recognition of the recipient who made the supreme sacrifice, who gave their life in service of the community, state and country in the highest traditions of the law enforcement profession.
        • Citizen’s Valor Award
          • Presented to a citizen who voluntarily puts his safety at risk to aid a police officer or fellow citizen during a criminal act or life-threatening situation.

        Please follow the link to submit your Statewide Award nomination and narrative.

        Be sure to include details on the situation, including time, date and location as well as information that describes what happened and what actions your officer (or officers) took. Please also say why you feel the actions of your officer or officers rise to the level of receiving this honor.

Excellence in Innovation Award

The MCPA Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes Minnesota police agencies and their CLEOs for superior achievement and innovation in law enforcement programs, efforts, or initiatives that benefit law enforcement as a profession.


Please use the file attachment link below to upload an explanation of your department's innovation.
In your narrative, be sure to include all of the following elements:

1 Level of Innovation
2 Effectiveness
3 Ability to replicate
4 Overall Impact


 Please follow the link to submit your Excellence in Innovation Award nomination and narrative