The Medal of Valor is an award for bravery, usually given for individual acts of extraordinary bravery or heroism performed in the line of duty at extreme, life-threatening, personal risk. It recognizes officers whose actions could be considered as having gone above and beyond the call of duty, or to recognize an officer who has performed an act of bravery displaying an extreme amount of courage while knowingly facing imminent danger.
The Medal of Valor was first presented to an LAPD officer in 1925. Since 1959, the award ceremonies have been sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The medal is awarded by the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and is annually presented by the Chief of Police to the receiving officers at an awards ceremony named after the medal. The award consists of a medal, ribbon, and citation.