Awards and Appreciation

Medal of Valor nomination period opens soon

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The nominating period for Medal of Valor officially opens Jan. 1, 2021, although nominations will be accepted before that date.

The annual awards recognize employees and community members who distinguished themselves by acts of heroism, bravery, or service beyond the normal demands of correctional/community service.

Last year, CDCR honored almost 100 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. Top CDCR leaders made the presentations to the honorees.

Road to honors begins with nomination

The selection of each of those honored begins with a nomination for deeds done in the calendar year from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. Recognition for exemplary work can be for work over a period of years.

Medal of Valor medal in case

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

Nominations are accepted for a variety of deeds. Heroic or life-saving acts off-duty are often recognized with honors. Years of exceptional service may bring an honor.

The nomination should clearly outline why a nominee’s act was exceptional. An extra page may be included if more room is needed to explain.

How to get nomination forms

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

Each nomination should be submitted in a separate email with the form attached. The nominations should be sent to the same email addresses – or

Nominations that are for one collective act but with many people involved may be submitted in one email.

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 2021.