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Department Service Awards

Each year, the Wake Forest University Police Department recognizes outstanding performance among its members and gives special recognition through Community and Campus Partner Awards to others in various University departments and the surrounding community that help make Wake Forest University a safer campus.  Below are some of the awards granted each year to well deserving staff and partners:

Best Team PlayerGoing the Extra MileJames Worthington Award
Community Policing and Commitment to Excellence | Honorable CitationValor Award

Awards 2010
Awards 2011
Awards 2012


Best Team Player

This award is given once a year for the following criteria:

  • Devotion to Duty: Through unselfish devotion to duty, has contributed significant service to the Police department and University community.
  • Leadership Abilities: Demonstrates outstanding judgment, courage, or ability in emergency situations.
  • Dealing with Co-Workers: Individual consistently displayed a positive attitude towards other department members and continuously strives to enhance the professional relationship and well being of all members.

Going the Extra Mile

This award is given once a year for the following criteria:

  • Devotion to Duty: Through unselfish devotion to duty, has contributed significant service to the Police department and University community.
  • Dealing with Co-Workers:Individual consistently displayed a positive attitude towards other department members and continuously strives to enhance the professional relationship and well being of all members.
  • Additional Responsibilities:On a regular basis, accepts additional responsibilities without complaint.

Worthington Award

This award is given once a year for the following criteria:

  • Dedication to Duty
  • Leadership Abilities
  • Professionalism Other Achievements
  • Community Relations
  • Job Performance
  • Commitment to Law Enforcement and the Wake Forest University

Community Policing and Commitment to Excellence

This award is given once a year for the following criteria:

  • Takes initiative in their work, often going above and beyond what is required.
  • Dedicated, aware and approaches their duties with a “can-do” attitude and a case-by-case problem-solving method that goes well beyond traditional reactionary policing.
  • Innovates effective problem-oriented policing projects to improve relationships between students, faculty and staff, assist the WFUPD in gathering information, and provide a safe environment for study and work.

Honorable Citation

This award is given once a year for the following criteria:

  • Maintaining professionalism in the face of immediate danger, always considering the safety of their co-workers and the public.
  • Exercising proactive vigilance and quick response, efficiently managing a situation both domestic and violent in nature.

Valor Award

This award is given once a year for an act of Outstanding Bravery or Heroism where the recipient demonstrates to some great degree characteristics of selflessness, personal courage and devotion to duty.