This award is designed to recognize the outstanding service by a full-time, sworn (non-supervisory), officer who brings great credit to their department, community, or the State.

Factors for Consideration May Include:

  • Significant contributions that resulted in improved safety within the community
  • An innovation strategy or approach that improved efficiency or decreased cost to department operations, or has a significant impact on the agency’s service delivery
  • Outstanding performance designing and implementing an exemplary problem-solving project in cooperation with the community
  • Demonstrated extraordinary initiative to overcome obstacles and initiate positive change in their community
  • Demonstrated excellence in the use of technology, forensic science, or other technical process to improve the organization’s effectiveness and service delivery
  • Collaborated within and across their department to build relationships to improve service delivery with the community
  • Outstanding effort in criminal investigation(s) that results in a clearance of a serious crime or a series of crimes within the community or across the state.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be a full-time sworn municipal, county, campus (K-12), or college/university police officer (non-supervisor), state law enforcement officer (non-supervisor), or district attorney/solicitor’s investigator. The performance being recognized must have occurred within the previous 12 months. The officer being recognized must not have any disciplinary actions within the previous 12 months.

Nominations: Candidate’s names must be submitted to the GACP Office by April 28, 2021.  Candidates’ packages will be distributed to the GACP District Representatives.   One candidate will be recognized from each of the (11) GACP Districts which submitted an application.  From these semi-finalists, one candidate will be chosen by the Executive Board to receive the GACP Police Officer of the Year Award.

Nominations should include supporting documentation that may include video recordings, internal memorandums, letters from outside sources, media reports.

When submitting an application for the GACP Police Officer of the Year Award, the electronic nomination package should include:

  • A cover letter from the agency head endorsing the application and attesting to the accuracy of the supporting documentation (addressed to GACP Executive Director, A. A. “Butch” Ayers)
  • A narrative outlining the individual’s service/achievement and the results of their efforts
  • Materials should be combined into one (1) electronic document in Microsoft Word or PDF format (Maximum of five (5) pages total).

Presentations: Awards will be presented to the 11 semi-finalists and the GACP Police Officer of the Year at the Annual Summer Training Conference Awards Presentation

Persons with questions regarding award applications should not hesitate to contact Assistant Executive Director Dwayne Orrick at 770-495-9650.


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