Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony & Luncheon

This event combines the awards of the LAPD’s most significant medals: the Medal of Valor, the Purple Heart, and the Preservation of Life. The Medal of Valor, which is the Department’s highest honor, is given to officers who distinguish themselves by conspicuous bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of police service. The Purple Heart is awarded to officers of the Department who have sustained traumatic physical injury during an on-duty tactical situation and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed or die of wounds received in the line of duty. The Preservation of Life Medal may be awarded to an officer who has distinguished himself or herself by employing exceptional tactics and exercising sound judgement to preserve the life of another during a dangerous encounter.