CONGRATS to our 2023 Chudwin Award Recipient
Deputy Brian Zelakiewicz & Deputy David Mayer from the Oakland County Sheriffs Office, MI!
Click here to read the citation
Now accepting nominations for 2024
DEADLINE: August 31st, 2024 / Winner announced by September 15, 2024
Email us your nominee to firstname.lastname@example.org or Mail to Center Mass Inc,
33825 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI
48150: Include your name and agency, the nominee's name and agency, the reasons why you think
they would be a
good candidate for this award.
Each year this award is bestowed upon a deserving law enforcement officer for their actions in battle and /
contributions to the greater cause of preparation, training and education.
It is named in honor of Chief Jeff Chudwin for his pioneering efforts that long ago changed our professions
perception regarding rifles. This new age of thinking and acceptance of rifles in modern day police work is
direct result of his tireless persistence. It is only fitting that this prestigious award be named after the
who has educated and trained so many individuals and organizations on the benefits of a sound patrol rifle
program. Chief Chudwin’s professionalism, candor, and counsel have helped countless law enforcement officers
through extremely difficult times and his selfless service to the greater good is evident by his every day
actions and his motto: "Just do the right thing. Click
here for the 2010 ITOA Journal article about this
Past Chudwin Award Winners:
(Click the officer's name to see the actions for which they received this award.)
2010 - Detective Michael
Plymouth Twp. PD, Michigan
2011 - Officer Paul
2012 - Officer David
Fond du Lac PD, Wisconsin
2013 - Officer Savan
Oak Creek PD, Wisconsin
2014 - Sgt. Christopher
Kane County Sheriff's Office, Illinois
2015 - Officer Adrian
Madison PD, Wisconsin
2016 - Officer Nick
San Bernardino PD, CA
2017 - Officer Jonathan
Kansas City PD, MO
2018 - Sgt. Bryan R. Bryant,
Tiffin PD, OH
2019 - Trooper Cody
Michigan State Police
2020 - COVID - No Chudwin Award Winner
2021 - Sgt. Joe Slenk
Holland DPS, MI
AWARDED FOR ONE OR A COMBINATION OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS:
- An act of valor using a patrol rifle.
- Excellence in the field of law enforcement patrol rifle usage for a particular event or series of events.
- A longstanding contribution in training, education, development, and / or leadership in the realm of law
enforcement patrol rifle operations.
- The nominee must be a sworn law enforcement officer in the United States (includes part time, auxiliary,
reserve officers and or licensed security officers).
- The nominee must be recommended by a person familiar with the details of why they should be considered.
recommended but not mandatory that a member of the nominee's chain of command, at the time of the
incident or in
their current place of duty, endorse the nomination in writing.
- The nominee cannot be an employee of, consultant, contractor, or in any way contractually connected to a
firearms, ammunition, or a gun accessory manufacturer at the time of nomination for the award.
- The nominee cannot be a contracted magazine writer for a law enforcement or firearms publication.
- The nominee cannot be currently subject to criminal charges or courts martial.
- This award is not given for excellence in competition shooting, article writing, positions held, nor for
of other awards.
- The nominee is someone who has truly committed a life saving act while serving in the patrol
division of their
agency or made a lasting contribution while being a patrol rifle armed law enforcement
or security officer.
- Nominations must be made in writing, on letterhead by fax, mail, or attachment to an email. It must
incident report, press clippings, any supporting evidence, and any witnesses that could be interviewed.
involved an OIS which is still under investigation, then only the pertinent details should be submitted
would not compromise the officer’s case.
- Nominations should be submitted no later than August 31st of each year and provide
multiple forms of contact
information for both the nominating individual as well as complete contact information for the nominee.
- The nominee must be available to attend the NPRC in June of that year, near Detroit, Michigan. (All
will be provided for transportation).
- The Advisory Board and Executive Board of the National Patrol Rifle Competition & Conference will
vote on all nominations. The Chudwin Award recipient will be selected and notified by September 15th.
THE CHUDWIN AWARD WINNER RECEIVES:
- Travel expenses for the awardee, one family member, and one member of their chain of command to attend
receive the award. This includes airfare or mileage expenses, shuttle to and from airport, if required.
- Hotel accommodations for the award winner, family member, and the chain of command member. Includes up
dinners and two lunches.
- There is no cash or money given to the award winner. Instead, we offer training opportunities and
prizes from our sponsors.
- The winner receives an etched glass trophy and a framed certificate.
- An additional framed certificate for display in that officer’s police department, town hall, etc.
- Photographs from the awards ceremony.
- They will receive various logo and equipment gifts from the NPRC, Center Mass and may receive the same
events sponsors. (This is most likely).
- They will receive a free slot for themselves and one fellow officer to attend any Center Mass class of
choice within the following calander year.
- Scholarship to attend the following year's NPRC.