Each year in March, Beyond the Badge selects law enforcement officers, who have been nominated by their agencies or the public, to receive a “Heart of Law Enforcement” award in recognition of acts of kindness they performed during the previous calendar year. Awards are given during a special luncheon honoring the recipients.
- Nominations may be made by anyone – supervisors, fellow officers, citizens, family members, friends.
- Nominees must be employed in the state of Louisiana as duly commissioned law enforcement officers such as police officers, sheriff’s deputies or state troopers.
- Nominees must have performed acts of kindness that were not required of them in their regular duties as law enforcement officers.
- Nominees will be considered for acts performed while on duty or off, and whether or not they were in uniform at the time.
Timeline – 2021 Nominations Open Now!
Nominations will be accepted until January 31 for acts performed during the previous calendar year.
Beyond the Badge was founded in 2016 by Baton Rouge resident Linda Hull to recognize law enforcement officers in her community who perform acts of kindness beyond that required by their oaths of service. At a time when there has been so much negative attention directed toward law enforcement in general, Linda’s original vision has evolved into an effort to shine the light on the good done by Louisiana’s law enforcement officers.
All law enforcement officers throughout the state of Louisiana may be nominated for extraordinary acts of kindness. Anyone may nominate a deserving law enforcement officer.
Beyond the Badge is operated entirely by citizen volunteers and funded by corporate and private donations. All contributions go directly toward the program. Beyond the Badge is approved as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is registered with the Louisiana Secretary of State.