Lamplighter Award for Moral Courage in Law Enforcement
The Lamplighter Award for Moral Courage in Law Enforcement is a distinction bestowed upon a sworn or civilian member of law enforcement for acts of moral courage against corruption, injustice, or misconduct in the criminal justice system.
The award nominee’s action(s) must have a clear nexus to corruption, injustice, or misconduct in the criminal justice system. Qualifying actions include but are not limited to:
1. Interceding in unlawful activity (e.g. extralegal use of force)
2. Initiating an internal complaint against a peer or superior (e.g. internal affairs report)
3. Blowing the whistle externally
Nominees must have been employed as a sworn or civilian member of a law enforcement agency in the United States at the time of their qualifying action.
Preference will be given to nominees whose qualifying action took place within the preceding calendar year.