Police Employees and Community Members to be Recognized at Annual Pr

Published on April 13, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Police Department will hold its annual Principles of Government Service Awards (PGSA) Ceremony on Monday, May 7, 2018, at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, at 7 p.m. The ceremony recognizes the achievements of police personnel in service to the community and highlights the Department's dedicated pledge of duty, honor and commitment. Nominated by their peers for their exceptional acts of service over the previous calendar year, police officers and civilian staff will be publicly recognized at the ceremony with one of the following departmental or PGSA awards:

  • Valor Award — The highest award in recognition of an act involving extreme personal risk, which is clearly above and beyond the call of duty. This may also be awarded to members who demonstrate unusual judgement, zeal, or ingenuity during an emergency situation when such act is beyond that normally expected in the performance of duty.

  • The Purple Star — This award recognizes any employee who sustains a significant injury or wound in the performance of their duties.

  • Police Service Award — This award recognizes an officer or team of officers who provides exceptional service to the Department and the community.

  • Life Saving Award — This award recognizes an employee who through direct medical intervention is responsible for saving a life. The action may include an activity such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation or other actions involving the employee's assistance.

  • Division Commanders' Award — Presented by the Chief of Police and each of the Deputy Chief's in recognition of outstanding work by an individual, group of personnel or a specific unit.

  • Commitment to Employees — Awarded to employees who demonstrate commitment to a workplace where individuals are valued, and where mutual respect and concern, self-worth, participation, financial and emotional rewards, and courtesy and sensitivity are acknowledged, encouraged and supported.

  • Teamwork — Awarded to employees who have demonstrated a cooperative effort in their performance of duties.

  • High Quality Service — Awarded to employees who demonstrate productive means of providing High Quality Service to the citizens of Arlington County and to the County government organization.


This year's ceremony also includes recognition of two community members who came to the aid and support of two citizens who were being maliciously attacked in the Courthouse area during an incident in August 2017.

In addition to the PGSA Ceremony, the Arlington County Police Department will also recognize the 14 officers recently promoted to the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant.

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