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The ConnectedCOPS Awards are subject to the following Terms and Conditions


  • Entry and participation in this awards program shall be deemed an unconditional acceptance of these Terms.
  • All entries must be made via this electronic system. No paper submissions or those of any other form will be accepted.
  • All nomination forms must be filled out in English.
  • Qualified nominees for individual awards will be sworn officers (with the exception of one civilian award) at any law enforcement agency in the world.
  • Qualified nominees for agency awards are law enforcement agencies at the local, state, federal or international level. Nominations can come from any country and be for any law enforcement agency in any country. The large agency award will go to an agency of equal to or greater than 151 sworn officers. The small agency award will go to an agency of 150 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nominations for the awards will be accepted until midnight, Eastern Time (GMT-5), June 30th.
  • All nominations will be verified by phone or email. In the event the person making the nomination is not available or does not claim responsibility for making the nomination, that nomination will be voided.
  • Judges will recuse themselves from voting on any award for which they have a personal or professional connection or other conflict of interest.
  • All judges’ decisions are final.
  • Winners will be notified by August 16th, of the same year. They must inform LAwS Communications of their intent to travel to the Fall conference no later than August 25th to receive travel assistance.
  • Upon notification of the nominee that s/he or his/her agency has been nominated for an award, failure to accept these terms shall void the nomination.
  • Employees of LAwS Communications are not permitted to judge the awards.
  • Winners receive free admittance to The SMILE Conference® at which the awards are given, a trophy acknowledging their work and financial assistance for one person to attend the awards ceremony to accept their award.
  • Other than travel assistance, there is no monetary award to the winner. Failure to attend the awards ceremony does not change these terms.
  • Travel awards must be taken in accordance with the dates, destinations and number of passengers specified by LAwS Communications. There will be no cash alternative and no alternative destination other than the Fall SMILE Conference.
  • Stevens & Associations, Inc., dba LAwS Communications is not liable in any way for any costs, expenses, damages, liability or injury arising out of or in any way connected with the competition travel or prizes, other than those costs and expenses specifically provided for in the prize.
  • LAwS Communications may change these General Contest Terms and Conditions at any time.