Awards and Appreciation, Community Involvement, Prison Health Care

Medal of Valor nomination period closes Jan. 31

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The nominating period for Medal of Valor honors closes Jan. 31, 2020. The awards recognize employees and community members who distinguished themselves by acts of heroism, bravery, or service beyond the normal demands of correctional/community service.

Medal of Valor medal in case

Last year, CDCR honored more than 230 people for their bravery in responding to crises and life-threatening situations as well as exemplary work of benefit to the department and the community.

The selection of each of those honored begins with a nomination for deeds done in the calendar year from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019. Recognition for exemplary work can be for work over a period of years.

The nomination must be made by a supervisory or managerial employee. The nominee must be in good standing with CDCR.

If you want a fillable nomination form or more information, please email William Enfield at or Michelle Mraule at

In addition to the Medal of Valor, honors include the Gold Star, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Unit Citation and Distinguished Service Medal. The Medal of Valor Committee determines what honors to award each nominee when members meet this spring.

The Medal of Valor Ceremony will be held in September 2020.