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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.

Lamplighter Award for Moral Courage in Law Enforcement

Award Criteria

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.