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Types of Awards

Oro Valley Police Department Challenge Coin
The Challenge Coin has long been a token of honor and unity in military units and police departments alike.  Each Oro Valley Police Department officer reaching the ending of probation will receive a specially minted Challenge Coin to carry in his/her pocket while on duty.  The Challenge Coin will serve as a constant reminder of the responsibility of their position and the trust bestowed upon them as Oro Valley Police Department Officers.

The Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor may be awarded to members of the Oro Valley Police Department that perform, with full knowledge of the level of risk involved, acts of bravery clearly above and beyond that which is expected in the line of duty.  The heroism of the act must render the recipient so far above all others that it is clearly distinguishable from lesser forms of conspicuous personal bravery.  The Medal of Honor may also be awarded to surviving relatives of members who are killed in the line of duty due to the hostile act of others.

The Medal of Valor
The Medal of Valor may be awarded to any member of the Oro Valley Police Department employee who, with full knowledge of the level of risk involved, distinguished him/herself by conspicuous personal gallantry in accomplishing a specific police mission involving criminal activity or any action against an adversary of the Town of Oro Valley, the State of Arizona or the United States of America.

The Crimson Shield
The Crimson Shield may be awarded to any member of the Oro Valley Police Department who is seriously injured, incapacitated or killed in the line of duty due to actions of an adversary of the Town of Oro Valley, the State of Arizona or the United States of America.  The Crimson Shield may be awarded in addition to a higher award where the facts show the recipient is entitled to such award.

The Chief of Police Medal of Merit
The Chief of Police Medal of Merit may be awarded to a member of the Oro Valley Police Department who, with full knowledge of the level of risk involved, distinguished him/herself by conspicuous personal gallantry in accomplishing a specific police mission not involving criminal activity.

The Chief of Police Unit Commendation
The Chief of Police Unit Commendation may be awarded to units within the Oro Valley Police Department who engage in projects that accomplish goals and objectives that have a clearly positive impact on the community through exemplary teamwork and distinguishing performance.

Lifesaving Award
The Life Saving Award shall be awarded to any member of the Oro Valley Police Department who is directly responsible for saving a human life.  The Life Saving Award may be awarded in addition to a higher medal where the facts show the recipient is entitled to such an award.  
 
The Service Medal
This medal is given out to members of the Oro Valley Police Department who have attained 5, 10, 15 or 20 years of continued service.  

The Chief of Police Citation of Vision
This Citation may be awarded to members of the Oro Valley Police Department who have worked to complete a goal, enhancement or mission for the community that by its very nature has a profound, positive effect on the department through clearly superior levels of dedication.  
 
Officer, Supervisor, Civilian Employee, Explorer and Volunteer of the Year Awards
The candidate must have provided meritorious and recognizable contributions to the department within the year that clearly sets them apart from their peers.

El Conquistador Citizens Award
The purpose of this award is to continually foster community partnerships between the Police Department and the community, to encourage and recognize those citizens who have performed unique acts of valor or heroism or have made significant contributions to public safety and to recognize citizens who have made improvements in the quality of life in Oro Valley.