We recognize exemplary performance in law enforcement and corrections at our twice-annual conferences. These awards programs provide an opportunity for sheriffs to share in the successes of those who put their lives on the line every day and learn from their examples. In addition, FSA honors those who have served in the field of law enforcement for 40 years or more. Each Sheriff's Office may submit only one nomination – either an individual or a team of individuals related to the same incident. Please review the invitation to nominate and the nomination form for more information. The Deputy Sheriff of the Year nominations are generally due the first week in May and the Correctional Officer of the Year nominations are due around the end of October.
- Nomination Criteria Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (PDF)
- Nomination Criteria Corrections Officer of the Year (PDF)
- 2017 Corrections Officer of the Year Story and Video
- 2017 Dispatcher of the Year Story and Video
- 2016 FSA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Story and Video
- Previous years: Deputy and Corrections Officer of the Year Archives
40 Years of Service to Law Enforcement Award
The Florida Sheriffs Association offers a special "Lifetime Honorary Membership" to Sheriffs' Office employees with 40 years of service or more to law enforcement. If you fit the criteria – having served at least 20 years and one day in a Florida Sheriff's Office, with the remaining years of law enforcement service within the state of Florida – please contact your sheriff to be recognized.
Sheriffs' Offices may also download this form to submit names.
A rare award that the Florida sheriffs bestow on occasion is the title of “Honorary Sheriff.” This is given to someone who is a big supporter of law enforcement in Florida. The recipient, being of both high character and ethics, is recognized for their long-time support and relationship with law enforcement and/or the civil duties performed for the law enforcement society. See the list of previous recipients and years. (PDF)