Ethical Courage Award

Given each year since 1998, this award is intended to recognize an individual or an organization for especially meritorious leadership or courage related to law enforcement ethics and integrity. Included among the annual awards are those for Ethical Courage; Noble Service; and Ethics Achievement.

2012 Honoree

Jillian Smith
Officer, Arlington Police Dept.
Arlington, TX

At the conclusion of the 2012 Contemporary Issues and Ethics Conference, the Ethical Courage Award was presented posthumously to Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Sonya Smith in honor of their daughter Officer Jillian Smith, who died heroically, in the line of duty in 2010.

At a domestic dispute in Arlington, Texas, Jillian was shot while shielding and saving the life of an 11-year old girl from gunfire. The gunman, Barnes Samuel Nettles, 38, killed his ex-girlfriend, Kimberly Carter, 29, and then fatally shot Jillian before committing suicide.

The Annual Ethical Courage Award is intended to recognize an individual or organization for especially meritorious leadership or courage related to law enforcement ethics and integrity. Officer Smith’s actions displayed absolute loyalty and commitment to the ethical, courageous and caring values found in the most exemplary of law enforcement officers.

Officer Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and minored in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington in August 2009. She was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Arlington.

Past Honorees

  • Dan P. Carlson (2011)
    Director (Retired), Institute for Law Enforcement Administration
    Plano, TX
  • Mark Field (2010)
    Chief, Wheaton Police Dept.
    Wheaton, IL
  • Michelle Guerette (2009)
    Police Officer, Providence Police Dept.
    Providence, RI
  • Henry Fluck (2008)
    Chief, Cedar Park Police Dept.
    Cedar Park, TX
  • Bob Decker (2007)
    Sergeant, Houston Police Dept.
    Houston, TX
  • Brownsville Police Dept. (2004)
    Brownsville, TX
  • Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (2003)
    Phoenix, AZ
  • David Gebhardt (2002)
    Officer, Rochester Police Dept.
    Rochester, NY
  • Keith Batt (2001)
    Officer, Pleasanton Police Dept.
    Pleasanton, CA
  • Perry Dunlop (2000)
    British Columbia, Canada
  • David Snyder (1999)
    Amarillo, TX
  • Jeffrey Harbin (1998)
    Chief, Carnegie Police Dept.
    Carnegie, PA