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.

2021 Honoree

Chief Lawrence Weathers, Lexington, KY Police Dept.

The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration presented its 2021 Ethical Courage Award to Chief Lawrence Weathers of the Lexington, Kentucky Police Department. Chief Weathers is recognized for his commitment to ethical leadership during the challenging time of policing through the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest surrounding racial protests in 2020. Chief Weathers joined the Lexington Police Department in 1989 as a patrol officer, promoting through the ranks, and was sworn in as Chief of Police on March 4, 2018. His leadership before the 2020 protests built a strong foundation with the officers and the community that proved fundamental to avoiding the problems experienced in other cities. Even during the protests, he was willing to engage protesters with calm respect. He exemplifies Community Oriented Policing – stressing both community and policing, not emphasizing one at the expense of the other. His natural leadership ability inspires people at all levels, both inside and outside of the department.

Past Honorees

Brandt Jean (2019)

Will D. Johnson (2016)
Chief, Arlington Police Dept.

Mike McCoy (2013)

Senior Program Officer, The Meadows Foundation

Jillian Smith (2012)
Officer, Arlington Police Dept.
Arlington, TX

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