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    Does your department have an employee recognition program?

    What form does it take? Paper only? Plaques and/or trophies? Medals and/or ribbons?

    Do you have one of those chiefs who say that, "We don't need to give out medals, cops are expected to do their jobs!"

    What tells people, where you work, that they've done a good job?

    On the other hand, does your department overdo it, making recognition meaningless 'cause there's too much of it?
    "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

    Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

    Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Blackavar
    "Recognition"? What is this concept you speak of?
    So that means there's no program, or there's a program on paper, but not practiced?
    "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

    Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

    Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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    • #3
      Of all 3 agencies I've ever worked for, nobody has done it. But I just got my first one a few months ago after 7 years of being a cop for a money laundering case I made on a traffic stop.
      It felt good to know some administrators do appreciate hard hard. I feel more departments should give some sort of acknowledgement for those officers that go way above and beyond what is asked of them.
      "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Sons of God - Matthew 5:9

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      • #4
        We have an awards ceremony once a year. One officer is recognized as officer of the year (me in 2004 ) and others get their awards. Silver star, purple heart, commendation or unit citation. Letters are given for lesser awards, all the rest get a certificate and a ribbon. We also give awards to allied agencies and citizens.
        In God we trust, all others are run MILES and NCIC.

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        • #5
          we have an employee of the month award but unfortuantely they spend more time looking for negative or bad stuff with our officers than they do the good stuff to recognize them for.

          We also have stuff like Metro174's where there is an annual banquet and the exemplary medal officers receive whats coming to them.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kieth M. View Post
            Does your department have an employee recognition program?
            Every other week, AKA...PAYDAY!
            "Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought" ~Henri Louis Bergson
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Kieth M. View Post
              Does your department have an employee recognition program?

              What form does it take? Paper only? Plaques and/or trophies? Medals and/or ribbons?

              Do you have one of those chiefs who say that, "We don't need to give out medals, cops are expected to do their jobs!"

              What tells people, where you work, that they've done a good job?

              On the other hand, does your department overdo it, making recognition meaningless 'cause there's too much of it?

              The only recognition we get, other than the self-generated warm and fuzzy, gets deposited into the bank account at the end of the month.

              Occasionally, there may be a letter from a citizen, which gets included in the personnel file. But other than that, there are no awards or commendations given to top performers over those who just get by.

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              • #8
                We have recognition programs that range from a "Great Job" at briefing to a written commendation to Medals of Valor (3 levels) depending on what you did and how stupid, er, Brave you were doing whatever it is that you did.

                Although these are nice pats on the back, they sometimes ring hollow because of the politics. Sometimes a true hero is recognized along side of a political [email protected]$$ and it really takes away from the whole idea behind the awards program.

                Good thing I don't do this job for the recognition!
                Last edited by andy5746; 11-23-2007, 02:16 AM.
                LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO DRINK CHEAP BEER!

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                • #9
                  We have a pretty good awards program. Each month we have an officer and civilian employee of the month. Each May we have an annual awards ceremony. For employee of the month you get a framed certificate and a pen with department logo on it. Annual awards are plaques. There is a commitee that takes nominations for the awards and selects the recipient.

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                  • #10
                    A sergeant, or even the Sheriff, saying "good job" is plenty of recognition. I can see a written attaboy for an especially good job on something, but medals should be reserved for valor above and beyond the call of duty. Some departments seem to give out medals for going to work. What is up with guys from a 10-man department that handles only a handful of felony cases wearing more medals and ribbons than a Mexican general?
                    Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

                    I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ateamer View Post
                      What is up with guys from a 10-man department that handles only a handful of felony cases wearing more medals and ribbons than a Mexican general?
                      Or a Guatamalan Admiral?
                      "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

                      Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

                      Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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                      • #12
                        Each year our agency hosts an awards banquet to recognize the achievements of officers, as well as private citizens who made a noteworthy contribution or effort to aid our agency. Every year an officer, and civilian employee of the year are recognized. Additionally, commendation, unit citation, and life-saving awards are presented. Certificates of appreciation or letters are given for lesser awards.

                        We have an awards committee comprised of deputies, sergeants, and lieutenants who review award nomination forms and decide on who receives an award and who doesn't. However, unless your supervisor nominates you for an award you will not get recognized. There are a few supervisors who have openly stated that they will not nominate anyone for an award because of various reasons, then there are those who are just too lazy to fill out a form to recognize a noteworthy achievement. With that being said, you could arrest Osama Bin Laden and not get recognized because of who your supervisor is, then there are those who have dozens of medals because they have a supervisor who nominates then for an award for any minor accomplishment.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MIDeputy View Post
                          Each year our agency hosts an awards banquet to recognize the achievements of officers, as well as private citizens who made a noteworthy contribution or effort to aid our agency. Every year an officer, and civilian employee of the year are recognized. Additionally, commendation, unit citation, and life-saving awards are presented. Certificates of appreciation or letters are given for lesser awards.

                          We have an awards committee comprised of deputies, sergeants, and lieutenants who review award nomination forms and decide on who receives an award and who doesn't. However, unless your supervisor nominates you for an award you will not get recognized. There are a few supervisors who have openly stated that they will not nominate anyone for an award because of various reasons, then there are those who are just too lazy to fill out a form to recognize a noteworthy achievement. With that being said, you could arrest Osama Bin Laden and not get recognized because of who your supervisor is, then there are those who have dozens of medals because they have a supervisor who nominates then for an award for any minor accomplishment.
                          Who ARE you, and when did you lateral to my department????

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                          • #14
                            Same happens by us as with MIDep's Dept. In fact, in our touchy-feely, warm and fuzzy Dept. we've got about 6 award ribbons that you don't even need to use your hancuffs to get. We've got people walking around looking like Dictators of 3rd world countries who have never made an arrest...Click the Link below and guess which ones they are....

                            http://www.cfe-tagman.com/ribbons.html

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                            • #15
                              We have the "Attaboy" system,for every good thing you do ,you get 1 attaboy,after you have accumulated 1 million attaboys,you get a pat on the back,-----The only drawback is that if you get 1 aw s**t you lose all your attaboys and start over.

                              After Katrina,one of the local civic organizations gave its Officer of the year award to our entire dept.#1,2 and 3 (rank wise) went to the banquet and accepted it.We know this to be fact cause we read about it in the paper 2 days later.The troops didn't even get a memo about it ---to this day!
                              Sleeping Giant. They're not fat and happy anymore. They are hungry and increasingly angry. That is not a good recipe for a "Puppies and Rainbows America".

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