Currently established awards and the criteria for selection


Award of Valor:   The Award of Valor will be awarded to a law enforcement officer that voluntarily risks his/her own life to an extraordinary degree in saving or attempting to save the life of another person.

Award of Merit: The Award of Merit will be awarded to a law enforcement officer whose actions are above and beyond the call of duty which results in the saving of a life, a major case arrest or a major contraband seizure.

Award of Appreciation:   The Award of Appreciation will be issued to a member who demonstrates exceptional actions which benefit the Good of the Order.

Certificate of Recognition:   A Certificate of Recognition recognizes individuals, businesses or groups that assist the lodge in the accomplishment of the Lodge’s mission of “Serving the Law Officers of the Lowcountry.”

Award of Lifetime Achievement: An award of Lifetime Achievement is given to an individual to honor his or her life-long contributions to law enforcement or the criminal justice profession. He or she has consistently maintained highly creative and effective effort, displayed exemplary service, and exhibited strong leadership skills. The individual must also enjoy a reputation as an innovator and leader among peers and within the local, state, and regional levels.

Margie F. Cannon Award of Judicial Excellence: This prestigious award honors a retired court judge who demonstrates the outstanding qualities of judicial excellence, including integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, knowledge of the law, professional ethics, creativity, sound judgment, intellectual courage and decisiveness.

Tri-County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year: This award will be presented to a well-rounded law enforcement officer who has exceeded the duty requirements expected of his or her position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement. The award especially takes into account heroic acts and bravery.

Member of the Year:   The recipient of this award will be an active member who in the last calendar year consistently demonstrated a tireless effort to promote and support the Fraternal Order of Police. This member is active in lodge activities, functions, and meetings.

Steven B. Hiott, Jr. Supreme Sacrifice Medal of Honor:   This will be presented to the surviving family of an Active Member of the Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3 who was killed in the line of duty.