In 1989, the Executive Board of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement recognized talents and achievements within the membership of the organization. With that in mind, the Executive Board organized the first-ever Officer of the Year Luncheon at the annual conference.
The first Officer of the Year Award was awarded to Levena E. Croskey of the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC. From 1989 through 1995 the Association continued to recognize the Officer of the Year at the annual training conference.
In 1996, the Executive Board decided to expand the scope of the Officer of the Year Award and adopted three new separate award categories. They were Singular Act, Outstanding Continuous Service and Leadership.
The following year brought more progressive change to the awards process as the Association was reaching new heights. The Singular Act Award was renamed the Valor Award. In 2001, the Executive Board suggested yet another progressive change to the awards program. The Outstanding Continuous Service Award became the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Executive Board also added the Trooper Jessica Cheney Spirit Award. These positive changes have brought the Association to where it is today. The Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement proudly offers awards in four distinct categories: Valor, Lifetime Achievement, Leadership and the Trooper Jessica Cheney Spirit Award.
Over fifty police officers have received awards from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement. The Association continues its proud tradition of recognizing the achievements and sacrifices of women in law enforcement throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Over the years, some of our award names may have changed but the spirit with which they are given has not.
TROOPER JESSICA CHENEY SPIRIT AWARD – Recipient will be a law enforcement professional with five (5) years or less of service, who has excelled during her short tenure and embodies the enthusiastic spirit and values held by Trooper Jessica Cheney by over-achieving in all tasks assigned, showing leadership qualities, and striving for excellence.
LEADERSHIP – Recipient will be a law enforcement professional with at least ten (10) years of experience, who has distinguished herself through integrity, ethical standards, initiative, problem solving, communication, planning & organizing and administration.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – Recipient will be a law enforcement professional with at least fifteen (15) years of experience, who has distinguished herself through outstanding accomplishments and contributions spanning her career.
VALOR – Recipient will be a law enforcement professional who distinguished herself by an act of extraordinary selflessness, personal bravery, courage or self-sacrifice in 2020.