Richard F. Doyle Award

Shall be made to the Federal Probation or Pretrial Services Officer who has made the most significant achievement in, or contribution to, the Federal Probation & Pretrial Services System or the broader field of corrections. The accomplishment on which the presentation of the award is based need not have occurred in a single year or in the year in which the award is presented. The accomplishment may result from the dissemination of public information relating to work, from a study made, article written, innovation developed or other significant and outstanding work.

GENERAL

The award shall be made to the Federal Probation or Pretrial Services Officer who has made the most significant achievement in, or contribution to, the Federal Probation & Pretrial Services System or the broader field of corrections. The accomplishment on which the presentation of the award is based does not have to occur in a single year or in the year in which the award is presented. The accomplishment may result from the dissemination of public information relating to work, from a study made, an article written, or any innovation or significant contribution which is considered outstanding work.

ELIGIBILITY

Any Federal Probation or Pretrial Services Officer shall be eligible to receive the award except those who currently are members of the FPPOA Board. These individuals shall become eligible to receive the award after at least one year from the expiration of his/her term of office. Recipients of Regional Line Officer Awards for the year in question automatically become nominated for the Doyle Award. An officer who is not selected for the Doyle Award may be re-nominated in any subsequent year. Those nominated shall have demonstrated effective leadership in furthering professional standards and exhibited a sincere belief in and support of the principles and objectives of the FPPOA.

NOMINATIONS

Nominations open May 1st of each year and may be made by anyone having knowledge of the contribution or achievement on which the nomination is based. Nominations shall be in writing and sent no later than September 1st to the Awards Committee Chair. They shall be typed in letter or memorandum form and shall not exceed ten pages in length. The nomination shall include a description of the nominee's achievement or contribution pointing up its significance and value. They shall contain the following topographical headings: (I) General Qualifications. This section should reflect academic and professional background information and indicate the dates of Federal probation/pretrial service; (2) Accomplishments. This section shall include the specific basis for the nomination; (3) Supporting Documents. There should include a list of any attached documents or exhibits. The number of such attachments should be limited to six and should be presented in summary format; (4) Remarks. A summation of the material submitted and reasons for the nomination.

METHOD OF SELECTION

Once all nominations are in the hands of the Chairperson, they will be copied and distributed to the members of the FPPOA Executive Board for evaluation, rating and selection at the Fall Executive Board Meeting. All materials are destroyed after the recipient of the award is chosen.

PRESENTATION

A letter from the President of the FPPOA will be sent to the Chief Judge of the recipient's district. The letter will announce the winner and request the Court to present a plaque or other trophy to the recipient in a manner deemed appropriate. Copies of the letter will go to: the recipient; his/her Chief Probation/Pretrial Services Officer; Chair, Judicial Conference Committee on Criminal Law; the Office of Probation and Pretrial Services; and the Director, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. A plaque or trophy will be purchased by the Awards Committee Chair, with Association funds, and mailed under separate cover to the Chief Judge of the recipient's court.  A $1,000 cash award will also be presented to the recipient.

PUBLICITY

Once awarded, the Editor will publicize the recipients honor in the national newsletter, The Connection.