Award for Unit/Team Valor
Award for Unit/Team Valor
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This award is presented each year to a SWAT/Tactical/Patrol Unit whose members have distinguished themselves through valorous actions during a tactical operation or call for service.

A selection committee reviews situations in which members of the nominated unit clearly acted without regard for the safety of their own lives in order to safely resolve a situation, thus protecting fellow officers and/or innocent victims and bystanders.

Nominations eligible for review must be from the previous year of the awards banquet. For example, the situation must have occurred in 2023 or earlier to be eligible for review.

All nominations must include the following:

  • Tactical Team/Agency Unit Complete Name (No abbreviations).
  • Department/Agency.
  • Unit/Team members to be recognized (if applicable).
  • Documentation of the event: A synopsis of the event in paragraph form.
  • A contact person to verify the event, actions, or conduct.

2024 OTOA Awards Banquet Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 6 pm - 8 pm Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center, Sandusky, Ohio

Winners of these prestigious OTOA Awards receive the following:

  • Recognition at the OTOA Awards Banquet.
  • Lifetime Annual Training Conference Registration (*see restrictions below).
  • OTOA & Sponsor Awards.
*This award is eligible for a maximum of one (1) team annually.
*Lodging will be provided for the team commander or designee for the night of the awards banquet.
*Lodging and meals are NOT covered for the annual training conference and course attendance.
*Up to four (4) team members each year are eligible for free conference training registration. 
Nominee Information
Please submit a photo of the candidate suitable for publication. In uniform is preferable.
Please provide an agency logo or badge of the candidate's organization in the highest resolution possible.
Event Information
Please let us know where we can find a video of the incident or you can upload one to our WeTransfer account.
Video can be uploaded to the OTOA WeTransfer site.
Your Information (or person submitting nomination)