In 2003, the Westminster Police Department created two awards to be presented to citizens who have shown exemplary service in our community. These awards are:
Above & Beyond Award: This award is presented for “Extraordinary Commitment to Community Safety” and is recommended by an officer for positive action in a case or incident. It is awarded by the Chief of Police to members of the community who, at great risk to their own safety, intervene to prevent the completion of a criminal act in progress, or have demonstrated their commitment to public safety throughout the community through crime prevention activities.Of course, we would never expect or suggest a citizen to take action against a dangerous felon. However, we understand that some people are driven to service and action when they are confronted. As such, this award was developed to honor these individuals.
Special Commendation Student Medal: The Westminster Police Department, Westminster Police Officers Association and the Westminster School District created the “Westminster Police Department Special Commendation.” This award recognizes two students a year at each elementary school for their hard work and spirit. Teachers and/or staff of each school select the winning students.While not specifically an academic award, good grades are encouraged as well as: a positive spirit, a willingness to help other students and staff, being a positive role model, being current with all assignments and projects, and being well behaved. Once selected, the students are awarded their medals at a school assembly. These are presented by officers who work directly with the school. These awards were first presented on May 14, 2003. Over 30 medals are awarded each year.