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Now Accepting Nominations for the Heroes’ Awards!


NCMEC is excited to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2023 Heroes’ Awards! This annual event honors law enforcement who’ve gone above and beyond to help protect our nation’s most valuable resource—our children. 

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) honors its 2022 “Heroes” who have gone above and beyond to help protect the nation’s most valuable resource – children. The event was hosted at the Arlington, VA headquarters of Lockheed Martin. Reginald Saunders /NCMEC

A group of law enforcement officers honored at the 2022 Heroes’ Awards, alongside NCMEC President and CEO, Michelle DeLaune, and NCMEC co-founder, John Walsh.

If you’re a law enforcement officer who has worked a missing child case or a child sexual exploitation case in the past year, now is the time to get your nomination in! We’re considering cases from Jan. 1, 2022 – Dec. 31, 2022.  

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Awards Nomination 

Winners will be selected by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and brought to Washington, D.C. for the event. The Heroes’ Awards will be held on May 11, 2023 at the International Spy Museum.  


A previous Heroes’ Award-winning case.

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