Badge of Excellence Guidelines

The DPS Badge of Excellence award promotes department wide recognition that acknowledges and celebrates the extraordinary efforts made by our employees toward fulfilling the goals, values and mission of our department. This is the highest honor awarded to staff committed to best practices and high standards of excellence.


These awards are intended to primarily acknowledge the significant achievements of permanent DPS employees, where their accomplishments meet the specific guidelines described within the seven award categories. If no employees meet the criteria, no nomination is given. Both teams and individuals are eligible to be nominated for any of the award categories.

Employees can be nominated by other DPS employees including their supervisors, co-workers and subordinates. All exempt and non-exempt full-time and part-time employees are eligible to participate in this program. Employees who are on leave without pay, received a performance rating of less than “meets expectation,” or have active disciplinary actions are not eligible for recognition under this policy.

Employees must also be eligible under applicable division guidelines.

Staff members who serve on the DPS Department Award Committee are not eligible for a team or individual award during the term they serve.



Nomination Form

Nominations are submitted for individuals or groups who have demonstrated exceptional capabilities and reflect a high level of excellence. 

The 2018 nomination period begins on Feb. 5.  The deadline to submit nominations is March 29, 2018.


Employee(s) will receive a framed certificate of achievement signed and presented by the secretary, attend a formal ceremony and reception as well as be featured in the DPS newsletter.


An award committee is chosen to review nominations and make recommendations for recognition to the secretary. Award committee members serve a term of two years and no more than four years. They are selected by chief deputy secretaries, division directors and section chiefs based on specific criteria. Every effort is made to create a diverse group with representatives from each operational area of DPS. Committee members are not permitted to submit nominations and are not eligible to receive an award during the time they serve.

The committee evaluates the nominations based on the significance and impact of the achievement and on the criteria specific award category.

Award Categories

Outstanding Achievement and Performance: Consistently and substantially exceeds the expectations of the position, has made important and significant contributions in the area, and has furthered the mission of the department.

Innovation and Efficiency: Has significantly improved a work process or system, or has significantly increased the efficiency of an operation or unit; consistently seeks to improve the quality of work assigned; demonstrates efforts to expand work responsibilities.

Public Service and Volunteerism: Made outstanding contributions by participating in or implementing community and public service projects (such as volunteering with various non-profit organizations).

Human Relations: Made outstanding contributions toward enhancing the quality and morale of the workplace or creating a better public image of state government (such as positive personal interaction with other employees; public awareness; working on relations internally within an agency; or collaboration between different agencies).

Customer Service: Consistently and substantially demonstrates an ability and willingness to work positively, respectfully, and effectively with others; has significantly improved customer service or has increased customer service in their section.

Safety: Commitment to promoting a safe working environment; demonstrated outstanding judgment, courage, self-possession or ability in an emergency; meritorious action to prevent injury, loss of life, or prevent damage to or loss of property.

Heroism: Demonstrated outstanding judgment or courage in an emergency, voluntarily risking his/her life, or exhibited meritorious action to prevent injury, loss of life or prevented damage to or loss of property.

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