Law Officer of the Year

Americans in recent years have been experiencing unprecedented crime wave which has permeated all States and neighborhoods in our country, and crime is rapidly becoming America's foremost domestic problem. The Preamble of the Constitution of The American Legion includes as one of its objectives... "to maintain Law and Order". As concerned citizens and veterans, Legionnaires have always fostered a strong sense of law and order and have upheld the protection of American citizens and the American way of life. They have always held law enforcement agencies in the highest regard, and many posts and departments already recognize outstanding law enforcement officers of various jurisdictions who daily serve our communities and frequently lay their lives on the line.

Purpose of Award:  To recognize a well-rounded Michigan Law Enforcement Officer, who has exceeded, above and beyond, the duty requirements expected of their position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement. Episodes of heroism will, of course, also be included where noted.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for consideration, Department nominees must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States, male or female.
  2. Be a living, active, full‐time and paid, sworn law enforcement officer entrusted with full authority and the powers of arrest.
  3. Consideration for a posthumous award will be acceptable only if the nominee's death has occurred after the department's selection and within the dates for which the award is being presented.
  4. Be assigned to, or fully recognized by, Municipal (City), County, District or State Police (e.g. University Police, etc.) or Highway Patrol, Sheriff's office, or as a sworn Federal law enforcement officer (e.g., FBI or Secret Service Agent, United States Federal Marshal, National Park Police, Capital Police, etc.)

*Department nominees are not required to be veterans or members of The American Legion.*


Nomination packets must contain the following relevant information:

  • Completed Cover Sheet (Nomination Form)
  • 5 x 7 photograph
  • Narrative:
      • -No more than 6 pages (including letters of recommendation)
      • -One-sided
      • -Describes his/her outstanding service
  • Backup documentation:
      • -One-sided
      • -No more than 12 pages
      • -Must include his/her state or federal certification
      • -Examples: Letters of support from city, county, and state officials, newspaper articles; other letters of commendation; citations, certificates of training, etc.

2023 Law Officer of the Year Application    

Deadline:  January 3, 2023