Saving a life, or risking one’s own life, are common stories behind those who have received the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s highest honor: the Medal of Valor. Nominations are open now and will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2015.

Aside from the Medal of Valor, other awards are also presented including Unit Citations as well as Bronze, Silver and Gold stars.

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.”

Some of the award recipients have overseen longtime community service projects such as cleaning up graffiti or saving someone from drowning. The honorees’ stories are varied.

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

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

Read an earlier story at

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

See the 2014 ceremony (photos, video and story) at


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