The Department’s Law and Order program is one of the best ways to enhance the image of your Post and The American Legion and at the same time, recognize outstanding individuals within your community.

There are several Law and Order Awards available from Department Headquarters. It is our hope this information will clarify what is available, what each award involves, how they may be requested, and thus increase awareness of the importance Law and Order and its effect on our daily lives.

Department Law and Order Awards Program

Request for Nominations: Law & Order Nomination Packet – 2021


The Department Law and Order Committee strongly encourages every Post and District to recognize a (1) Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, (2) Firefighter of the Year, and (3) Civilian Lifesaver of the Year for a record of commendable service. Districts must submit their nominee’s packet to Department HQ no later than noon on Friday, April 2nd, 2021.

If you have any questions, you may contact your District Law and Order Chairman or Jermaine Ferguson, Program Coordinator at 740-815-0765 or by email at



To select and honorably recognize well-rounded candidates who have exceeded above and beyond their position’s expected duties.

District Guidance

Annually, each District may nominate one Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, and Civilian Life Saver, with the attached nomination form and guidelines.

Posthumous Nominee Eligibility

A nominee is eligible to receive an award posthumously if the death in the line of duty occurred between July 1, 2020, and April 1, 2021.

Department Awards Point System

The following point system shall be used by the Department Law and Order Committee to judge the nomination package of any Law Enforcement, Firefighter, or Civilian Life Saver.

Professional Career: 40 points

Community Service: 35 points

Acts of Heroism:        20 points

Citations/Awards:     5 points

Total Points:              100 points


Certificates of Recognition (Law Officer or Firefighter)

The Department has available to Posts, at no charge, Special Certificate Recognition for presentation to Outstanding Police Officers and Firefighters. The Department Commander and Adjutant will sign these certificates and there is space contained for the signatures of the Post Commander and Adjutant.

Certificates may be ordered at: or by mail or fax to Department Headquarters.

Department Public Service Awards

The Department of Ohio will recognize the most outstanding Police Officer, Firefighter, and Civilian Life Saver of the Year. Nominations should be submitted by Posts to their District Commander. There is no limit that Posts can submit to their respective Districts for judging.

Districts will judge all nominations and submit one winner for each category per District.

The Department Law and Order Committee will judge the District entries during their annual meeting.

Public Service Award Program Overview   2019 Public Service Award Memo   Public Service of the Year Application