The Keith Bulla Police Executive of the Year Award
The North Carolina Police Executives Association (NCPEA) is presenting the “Police Executive of the Year Award”. The award will be awarded to a a well-rounded law enforcement officer who has exceeded the duty requirements expected of his or her position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement.
The NCPEA is presenting the “Police Executive of the Year” award to an active member of the Association. Nominations may be made by anyone wishing to nominate a police executive of a law enforcement agency/department who is in good standing and a member of the association. A police executive is defined by NCPEA as a sworn law enforcement employee who holds the status of a sworn supervisor in any law enforcement/public safety entity. The current deadline for nominations are April 1, 2024.
In honor of the late Mr. Keith Bulla (former/retired NC SAC and active NCPEA Executive Board Member), who was vital in the success and longevity of the North Carolina Police Executive Association, the “Keith Bulla Police Executive of the Year Award”.
In 1969 he began a career with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and was a member of the first class of the SBI Academy. He enjoyed his work and the many professional and personal friendships he developed with his colleagues in the Bureau.
In 1989 Mr. Bulla was named a recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award for his decades of significant contributions to the state of NC as a Special Agent in Charge and eventually retired from the Bureau. Also, during this time, Mr. Bulla dedicated just as much time to working and serving the North Carolina Police Executives Association in various roles. Mr. Bulla was instrumental in growing the association by members and providing a leadership platform for many of the law enforcement professionals in North Carolina.
Law Enforcement Agency of the Year Award
This award will be given to a law enforcement agency in North Carolina. The agency nominated must have an active membership with the North Carolina Police Executives Association. The North Carolina Police Executives Association is looking for an agency which has pioneered an innovative program, policy or concept not knowingly used elsewhere, to further the professionalism of Law Enforcement, and/or the service to citizens. The award is based upon innovative program(s), policies, or technology, not knowingly used elsewhere. Weight of the nomination is increased with the level of risk taking (without sacrificing ethics or safety), and new innovation differing from long standing tradition.
This award honors agencies for programs that demonstrate the principles of community policing, problem solving strategies and/or and strengthen community trust. The nominated agency must be a NCPEA member’s agency in good standing at the time of the program, policy or concept and award. The current deadline for nominations are April 1, 2024.