The Champaign Police Department has been nominated to receive the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the highest level of recognition provided an employer for outstanding support of National Guard and Reserve Component employees.
The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to recognize exceptional support from the employer community.
The ESGR Freedom Award nominees are recommended by employees who are National Guard or Reserve Component members or their family members, who feel their employer has been supportive above and beyond the required military leave benefits guaranteed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) law. The Champaign Police Department was among only 3,236 employers nationwide nominated for the 2012 Freedom Award.
As such, the department has been nominated for exemplary support of National Guard and Reserves employees and for providing great service to the nation’s defense.
This is the department’s second nomination.