The opening of the 2014 Medal of Valor ceremony. CDCR file photo.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will be recognizing the outstanding achievements of its employees with two annual awards – the Medal of Valor and Employee Recognition.

Nominations for the Medal of Valor, recognizing heroic acts, will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 31, 2015.

Officially, the nominating period is open during the month of January, but they may be submitted early. The nominations are for events which occurred during the calendar year 2014 (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31).

CDCR’s Operations manual states, in part: “An employee may be nominated for a departmental award by any supervisory or managerial employee. Supervisors and managers have a duty to recognize heroic acts … The nominee shall have acted while on duty, or if off duty, while in a departmental facility or in the community.”

The honors range from the Distinguished Service Medal to the Medal of Valor. The stories are as varied as overseeing a decade-long anti-graffiti campaign or rushing to the aid of a fallen correctional officer without regard to one’s own safety.

Medal of Valor nomination forms can be found at MOV-Nomination-Form

Email nominations to william.enfield@cdcr.ca.gov or mail to William Enfield, Chief of Internal Communications, Office of Public and Employee Communications, Room 113 South, 1515 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811.

Employee Recognition awards details

The Medal of Valor honors are separate from the Employee Recognition awards, which are also made during the Medal of Valor Ceremony. These awards include Correctional Officer of the Year and Correctional Supervisor of the Year, as well as others.

These award winners are selected by the individual CDCR programs.

CDCR recognized more than 100 employees during the 2014 ceremony.

If you have questions, call Bill Enfield, OPEC Chief of Internal Communications, at (916) 327-0277 or email him at william.enfield@cdcr.ca.gov.

Check out the ceremony

See photos and video from the 2014 Medal of Valor ceremony at http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/09/cdcr-staff-go-above-and-beyond-call-of-duty-medal-of-valor-honors-brave-actions/


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