The Illinois Tactical Officers Association has had the distinct privilege and honor of recognizing many of our members and teams through the Awards and Commendation program. This program was adopted in 2001 in order to create a process by which ITOA members could be officially recognized for outstanding performance during a tactical operation/situation and/or exemplary service to the organization.
Due to the pandemic and the prohibitions placed on associations such as ours from hosting large events, we will be accepting recommendations for events from September 2019 through September 2021 to recognize deserving ITOA members. As the deadline approaches for submitting recommendations to the ITOA Board, here is a review of the recommendation process and award categories.
INITIATING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AWARDS
Any ITOA member may recommend an officer or unit for consideration of an award/commendation. The recommendation must be in writing and cite police reports, witness information, statements, evidence and any other information that will assist in reviewing the recommendation. All recommendations for the time frame listed above, must be submitted to the ITOA Awards Committee Chairman at: firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than, Thursday September 30, 2021.
A copy of each award/commendation recommendation will be forwarded to the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee will review all recommendations by examining the reports, statements, evidence and calling witnesses if necessary. The Committee may determine that the award/commendation be upgraded, downgraded or not presented at all The Committee will then make a recommendation to the Officers & Board of Directors based upon their review as to the merits of the incident and a concurrence or non-concurrence with the recommendation.
The Officers and Board of Directors will vote to accept or deny the final recommendation during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting in September.
These awards may be given to multiple individuals and/or teams based upon the merits of the situation presented to the committee. However, these awards are not to be given, just to be given. If there are no nominations or the nominations do not live up to the expectations of the committee, then no awards are presented.
TYPES OF AWARDS/COMMENDATIONS
The review and consideration given to each award recommendation by the Awards Committee, Executive Officers and Board of Directors is a painstaking process that we all take extremely seriously. There have been some questions raised in the past by members who have submitted recommendations that were subsequently not selected for official presentation/recognition by the association. This is not because the officer in question did not perform in an exemplary manner or is not deserving or recognition, but typically it is because the act in question occurred when the officer was performing in some other capacity other than during a SWAT and/or Patrol Tactical Operation.
Each year there are numerous examples of ITOA members conducting themselves in an outstanding manner in the performance of their duties while performing their daily tasks. As a Tactical Officers Association, the Awards and Commendation program was initiated specifically for recognizing those officers and teams that perform in an outstanding manner during tactical operations.
Remember the deadline for submitting recommendations is fast approaching. All recommendations for awards must be received no later than September 30, 2021.