Awards

Shall be made to an individual who has made the most significant achievement in, or contribution to, the Federal Probation & Pretrial Services System or the broader field of corrections and who is not currently in service. This is considered the highest possible award and recipients are nominated by the Executive Board of the Association.

The President’s Award was established in 1984 as an award for those individuals who are ineligible for the Doyle Award to recognize their special and significant contributions and service to the field of federal probation and pretrial service. The first recipient of this award was Deborah K. Owen, General Counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee, for her invaluable assistance in legislative matters.

Pres­i­dent Award

Shall be made to the Federal Probation or Pretrial Services Officer who has made the most significant achievement in, or contribution to, the Federal Probation & Pretrial Services System or the broader field of corrections. The accomplishment on which the presentation of the award is based need not have occurred in a single year or in the year in which the award is presented. The accomplishment may result from the dissemination of public information relating to work, from a study made, article written, innovation developed or other significant and outstanding work.

GENERAL

The award shall be made to the Federal Probation or Pretrial Services Officer who has made the most significant achievement in, or contribution to, the Federal Probation & Pretrial Services System or the broader field of corrections. The accomplishment on which the presentation of the award is based does not have to occur in a single year or in the year in which the award is presented. The accomplishment may result from the dissemination of public information relating to work, from a study made, an article written, or any innovation or significant contribution which is considered outstanding work.

ELIGIBILITY

Any Federal Probation or Pretrial Services Officer shall be eligible to receive the award except this who currently are members of the FPPOA Board. These individuals shall become eligible to receive the award after at least one year from the expiration of his/her term of office. Recipients of Regional Line Officer Awards for the year in question automatically become nominated for the Doyle Award. An officer who is not selected for the Doyle Award may be re-nominated in any subsequent year. Those nominated shall have demonstrated effective leadership in furthering professional standards and exhibited a sincere belief in and support of the principles and objectives of the FPPOA.

NOMINATIONS

Nominations open May 1st of each year and may be made by anyone having knowledge of the contribution or achievement on which the nomination is based. Nominations shall be in writing and sent no later than September 1st to the Awards Committee Chair. They shall be typed in letter or memorandum form and shall not exceed ten pages in length. The nomination shall include a description of the nominee's achievement or contribution pointing up its significance and value. They shall contain the following topographical headings: (I) General Qualifications. This section should reflect academic and professional background information and indicate the dates of Federal probation/pretrial service; (2) Accomplishments. This section shall include the specific basis for the nomination; (3) Supporting Documents. There should include a list of any attached documents or exhibits. The number of such attachments should be limited to six and should be presented in summary format; (4) Remarks. A summation of the material submitted and reasons for the nomination.

METHOD OF SELECTION

Once all nominations are in the hands of the Chairperson, they will be copied and distributed to the members of the FPPOA Executive Board for evaluation, rating and selection at the Fall Executive Board Meeting. All materials are destroyed after the recipient of the award is chosen.

PRESENTATION

A letter from the President of the FPPOA will be sent to the Chief Judge of the recipient's district. The letter will announce the winner and request the Court to present a plaque or other trophy to the recipient in a manner deemed appropriate. Copies of the letter will go to: the recipient; his/her Chief Probation/Pretrial Services Officer; Chair, Judicial Conference Committee on Criminal Law; the Office of Probation and Pretrial Services; and the Director, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. A plaque or trophy will be purchased by the Awards Committee Chair, with Association funds, and mailed under separate cover to the Chief Judge of the recipient's court.  A $1,000 cash award will also be presented to the recipient.

PUBLICITY

Once awarded, the Editor will publicize the recipients honor in the national newsletter, The Connection.

Richard F. Doyle Award

Shall be made to the Fed­eral Pro­ba­tion or Pre­trial Ser­vices Of­fi­cer who has made a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment in, or con­tri­bu­tion to, the Fed­eral Pro­ba­tion & Pre­trial Ser­vices Sys­tem or the broader field of cor­rec­tions.

GENERAL

The award shall be made to commemorate and perpetuate the ideals of outstanding performance in the field of Federal Probation and Pretrial Services. It is designed to recognize and honor Federal Probations and/or Pretrial Officers, who through their own initiatives, make a significant contribution and provides outstanding services to the field of corrections. By recognizing and encouraging services which enhance the effectiveness of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, it also acquaints the public with the work being accomplished in the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services System.

ELIGIBILITY

Any Federal Probation or Pretrial Services Officer or Probation Officer Assistant, who is not a Chief, Deputy Chief or Supervisor, and who has demonstrated the worthwhile virtues of dedication, compassion, perseverance, and integrity. The recipient should have exceeded the customary administrative requirements of his or her work by giving unselfishly of his or her time, talent, resources, expertise and energies to causes which enrich the lives of others. The recipient should inspire leadership and professional standards. The recipient's responses in time of need has earned him or her the respect and praise of fellow worker and of the community at large.

NOMINATIONS

Nominations may be made by anyone within their region. All nominations shall be typed in a letter or memorandum format not exceeding six pages. Each nomination must include a description of the nominee’s achievements or contributions of significant value to our field. Nominations shall be sent to the Regional Awards Committee Chairperson between July 1st and September 30th of each year, unless designated otherwise.

The nomination shall contain the following topographical headings:
(I) General Qualifications. This section should reflect academic and professional background information and indicate the dates of federal probation/pretrial service.
(II) Accomplishments. This section shall include the specific basis for the nomination.
(III) Supporting Documents. There should include a list of any attached documents or exhibits. The number of such attachments should be limited to six and should be presented in summary format.
(IV) Remarks. A summation of the material submitted and reasons for the nomination.

The awards shall be presented no later than June 1st of the subsequent year

(Get Nomination Form Here )

METHOD OF SELECTION

Once all nominations are in the hands of the Chairperson, a Regional Awards Committee of no less than three nor more than six FPPOA members shall be appointed by the Regional President. The Awards Committee will screen nominations received on or before December 30th of each year and will make the selection. The national chairperson will nominate the recipient of the Line Officer of the Year Award for the Doyle Award, as receiving the Line Officer of the Year Award allows the recipient to automatically be considered for the Doyle Award the following year. No member of the FPPOA Board shall be eligible until at least one year from the expiration of his or her term of office. Those nominees who are eligible but are not selected as the overall winner, may receive a certificate of recognition and appreciation issued by the regional officers.

PRESENTATION

A suitable ceremony for presentation of the Regional Line Officer Award will be arranged by the Regional President and the Regional Awards Committee. The Regional President will notify the following persons: the Recipient; the Chief Judge of the officer's respective district; the Recipient's Chief Probation or Pretrial Services Officer; the Chief of Division of Probation and Pretrial Services Department; the FPPOA National President; FPPOA's The Connection Newsletter Editor; and the National Doyle Award Chairperson. The National Doyle Award Chairperson will purchase the regional plaque with Association funds and will mail it to the Regional President.  A $500 cash award will also be presented to the recipient.

PUBLICITY

The Editor of The Connection will publicize the existence of the award and will encourage nominations. Once awarded, the Editor publicize the recipient's honor in the national newsletter, The Connection. A copy of the news release will be furnished to the National Secretary.

Regional Line Officer of the Year Award

Subscribe to Awards