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Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB)

Every day, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers engage in exceptional acts of bravery while in the line of duty. Often, such acts place the officers involved at personal risk of injury or result in their sustaining a physical injury. To honor these acts of bravery, Congress passed the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-298), creating the Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery and the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery. The act establishes an award to honor exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers. The medals are awarded annually by the U.S. Attorney General and are presented by the recipients' Congressional representatives.

To meet the definition of an act of bravery, nominees for the Congressional Badge of Bravery must have either:

  1. Sustained a physical injury while –

    • Engaged in the lawful duties of the individual, and
    • Performing an act characterized as bravery by the agency head who makes the nomination, and
    • Being at personal risk; or
  2. Although not injured, performed an act characterized as bravery by the agency head who makes the nomination that placed the individual at risk of serious physical injury or death.
Nominating a Law Enforcement Officer to Receive the Congressional Badge of Bravery

Agency heads submit their nominations to the Congressional Badge of Bravery Office, which is located within the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Nominations are considered by either the Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Board or the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Board, which submit their recommendations to the U.S. Attorney General.

The opening date for nominations is on or about December 15 of each year. When the application period is open, all nominations must be submitted through the online Congressional Badge of Bravery Application System, which will be accessible from this website. 

PLEASE NOTE: The background of Congressional Badge of Bravery nominees may be reviewed as part of the selection process. Agency heads must submit nominations through the online Congressional Badge of Bravery Application System.