DEPUTY OF THE YEAR - recipients should demonstrate and continually
promote the Department’s goals and mission. Areas of consideration should include
exceptional work ethic, expertise and integrity, superior overall performance in his or her
areas of responsibility, initiative to take on commitments above and beyond the call of duty,
exceptional ability to interact with peers and the public in crisis situations as well as day to day
activities, and exceptional contributions to the Department and community.
MERITORIOUS CONDUCT - may be awarded to any individual member or team or to
members acting as a team, for distinctive accomplishment under adverse conditions with some
degree of hazard to the safety of the member or members.
DEPUTY COMMENDATION -may be awarded to any Hale County Sheriff's Office employee
for an outstanding act or achievement that brings credit to the Hale County Sheriff's Office. It
involves performance above and beyond that required by the employee’s basic work assignment
or exceptional professional skill and conduct during a coordinated action.
SHERIFF'S STAR - is the highest award given to sworn personnel in the Sheriff's Office and is
awarded for outstanding performance resulting in enhancing Sheriff's Office operations,
continuing community service, and exemplary service and achievement that has reflected great
credit upon the Hale County Sheriff's Office. This rare commendation is presented at the
discretion of the Sheriff of Hale County and is not reviewed by a commendations committee.
MEDAL OF VALOR - may be awarded to any Hale County Sheriff's Office employee who
exhibits unusual courage in the performance of his or her duties. The situation must involve
unusual danger to the member and the member must be aware of the unusual hazard as well
as demonstrate obvious self-sacrifice.
YEARS OF SERVICE PIN - is given to Hale County Sheriff's Office sworn deputies for years of
service. Each gold star represents five (5) years of law enforcement service.
K-9 DEPUTY PIN - is given to sworn Hale County Sheriff's Deputies who are state certified
narcotics detector dog handlers.
FIELD TRAINING OFFICER PIN - is given to sworn Hale County Sheriff's Deputies who a
certified First Line Supervisors, but have not been promoted to rank. These deputies are
responsible for in house training of new deputy personnel.