The officers in the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department do a lot of hard and dangerous work – which is why the department is setting aside a morning to honor its most outstanding sworn and civilian employees for the past year.

The 2022 Annual Awards Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 11.

Each spring, the Awards Day Ceremony allows the department to pay tribute to “the acts of heroism and professionalism” displayed by the men and women in the department. In recent years, law enforcement jobs have become even more difficult and dangerous due to the increasing vitriol officers sometimes face from the public locally and across the country.

At the ceremony, award recipients will be recognized for their “exemplary service to the citizens of Guilford County.”

The event will be held at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department District 2 office at 5440 Millstream Road in McLeansville.

Sheriff Danny Rogers will, as usual, be presenting the awards to the officers and staff for their outstanding service.

At the Awards Day Ceremony, the men and women are honored for a range of types of exceptional service during the previous year, including for their “acts of bravery and outstanding service” while protecting and serving citizens of the county.

Among the award recipients last April were three officers who received the Purple Heart – which is given for “having sustained personal injury, in the honorable performance of duty, inflicted by an assailant with a dangerous and deadly weapon.”

There were also Medal of Valor recipients.  That media is given for “an act of outstanding personal bravery performed in the line of duty at imminent personal hazard of life”

The Medal of Honor, given to those who showed “personal bravery or self-sacrifice in a situation of extreme danger,” was also awarded at the Sheriff’s Department’s ceremony last year.