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DFW DPS Awards

The award-winning DFW Department of Public Safety has been recognized around the world for cutting-edge training programs and the highest regard for public safety. While the resources provided to the department provide the framework and environment for achieving this success, it is the team members who make this pursuit of excellence a reality.

To help recognize this pursuit of excellence, the DFW Department of Public Safety has established an Awards and Recognition program. The goal of the program is to recognize those team members who go above and beyond the call of duty, displaying acts of service and courage exceeding the expectations set forth by the department.

Ribbons and descriptions for each award are provided below. Click here for a list of recipients earning each award.

Exceptional Service Awards
Outstanding Achievement Awards
Longevity Ribbons
Educational Recognitions

Exceptional Service Awards

The Medal of Valor may be awarded to an employee who has voluntarily displayed conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism.  The act must exceed normal demands and be of such nature that the employee was fully aware of an imminent threat to life or personal safety, yet acted above and beyond the call of duty. 

The Distinguished Service Cross may be awarded upon an employee’s death in performance of duty under honorable circumstances. This will not be awarded in conjunction with the Medal of Valor.

A Medal of Commendation may be awarded for outstanding performance involving great risk to his/her personal safety in the line of duty. The award may also be earned for a wound or serious injury under honorable circumstances in the line of duty, or for outstanding performance not meeting the requirements necessary for a higher decoration.

The Life Saving Awardmay be awarded to any employee directly responsible for the saving of a human life.  The award can also be made when evidence indicates that actions by the employee prolonged a human life, at least until the victim was released to a medical authority, even though the victim later expired. 

The Certificate of Merit may be awarded to employees for a highly credible accomplishment bringing acclaim to the officer or the Department as a result of training, devotion to duty, or service to the public. This award may also be presented for outstanding or superior performance on any assignment.

Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Employee of the Year Award recognizes one officer, one supervisor, and one civilian employee for one year of exceptional dedication to duty and service to the Department and the Airport community.

The Field Training Officer Bar, presented to Field Training Officers (FTOs), must be worn so long as designated an FTO by the Division Commander. This bar must be returned to the Division Commander upon leaving FTO status.

The Certificate of Civic Achievement recognizes any employee bringing favorable recognition to the Department through involvement in civic affairs while an active DPS employee.

The Marksmanship Award recognizes employees distinguished in firearms proficiency by achieving a score of 96% or higher for three consecutive times during firearms qualifications. No previously issued award will be canceled.

The Tactical Bar recognizes employees no longer active as members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), but distinguished by a minimum of five years of service.

The Honor Guard/Color Guard Bar recognizes active members of the Honor Guard/Color Guard, or past members distinguished by a minimum of one year of service.

Longevity Ribbons

The Safe Driving Bar recognizes officers who are not involved in an on-duty vehicle accident with the department in increments of five years.

The Years of Service Bar recognizes officers completing years of service with the department in increments of five (5) years.

The 9-11-01 Never Forget Bar recognizes officers of the department who were employed with DFW DPS during the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Educational Recognitions

The Master Certificate Bar may be presented to any officer achieving a Master Certificate from the State of Texas in the Police or Fire Service. Officers with the award may wear either the Advanced Bar or the Master Certificate Bar, but not both together.

The Advanced Certificate Bar may be presented to any officer holding advanced certification from the State of Texas in the Police or Fire Service.

The Law Enforcement Management Institute (Graduation Bar) is presented to supervisors upon completion of the Management Institute program.

The Center for American and International Law (Formerly Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute) 30-day School recognizes a supervisor’s successful completion of this course.

The Center for American and International Law (formerly Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute) Command School recognizes a supervisor’s successful completion of this course.

The Bachelor’s Degree Bar recognizes those officers who have graduated with a four (4) year degree from an accredited university.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy Graduate Bar recognizes those officers who have graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Duplicate Awards are signified by a gold star that is attached to the center of a bar. This only applies to the Medal of Valor, Medal of Commendation, Certificate of Merit, and Certificate of Civic Achievement.

 
 
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