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On July 31, 2008, Congress passed Public Law 110-298, which established the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008 ("Act"). Under the Act, two separate categories of this award were created: the Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery and the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery. For each category, a separate Board was established to review nominations, make recommendations for recipients to the Attorney General, and address other responsibilities required under the Act.

Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Board

The Federal Board shall be composed of seven members appointed as follows:

  1. One member jointly appointed by the majority leader and minority leader of the Senate
  2. One member jointly appointed by the Speaker and minority leader of the House of Representatives
  3. One member from the Department of Justice appointed by the Attorney General
  4. Two members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
  5. Two members of the Fraternal Order of Police

Federal Board members:

Michael C. Stenger (Federal CBOB Board Chair), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) appointment

Andrew Maybo (Member), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) appointment

Mark Heinbach (Member), Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) appointment

Nathan Catura (Member), Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) appointment

Attorney General appointment (Vacant)

Charles Dunne (Member), Senate Majority/Minority appointment

House Speaker/Minority appointment (Vacant)

State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Board

The State and Local Board shall be composed of nine members appointed as follows:

  1. One member jointly appointed by the majority leader and minority leader of the Senate.
  2. One member jointly appointed by the Speaker and minority leader of the House of Representatives.
  3. One member from the Department of Justice appointed by the Attorney General.
  4. Two members of the Fraternal Order of Police.
  5. One member of the National Association of Police Organizations.
  6. One member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
  7. One member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
  8. One member of the National Sheriffs' Association.

State and Local Board members:

Dave Hiller (State and Local CBOB Board Chair), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) appointment

Chuck Canterbury (Member), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) appointment

Attorney General's appointment (vacant)

Michael Walters (Member), Senate Majority/Minority appointment

House Speaker/Minority appointment (Vacant)

Melron Kelly Deputy Chief, Columbia South Carolina Police Dept

William Johnson (Member), National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) appointment

M. Douglas Scott (Member), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) appointment

Michael J. Brown (Member) National Sherriff's Association (NSA) appointment

Federal Review Board Profiles:

Michael C. Stenger
Mr. Stenger was appointed as Assistant Sergeant at Arms for the United States Senate Sergeant at Arms Office of Intelligence and Protective Services in February 2011. In this capacity as Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States Senate, he oversees security and continuity of operation policies and programs and provides strategic and analytical assistance to the Senate Sergeant at Arms.

In August 2008, Mr. Stenger was appointed as Assistant Director for the United States Secret Service office of Government and Public Affairs. As Assistant Director, Mr. Stenger administered Secret Service liaison activities with the United States Congress, Department of Homeland Security, other federal agencies, and members of the media and general public.

Michael Stenger is a 35-year veteran of the United States Secret Service, having served in Newark, New York City, and Washington, D.C. in protective, investigative, and staff assignments. During his career with the Secret Service, Mr. Stenger served as Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Research, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington field office, Deputy Assistant Director of the office of Investigations, and Special Agent in Charge of the Financial Crimes Division.

In November 2004, Mr. Stenger was selected as a Presidential Meritorious Rank Award recipient. He has also received the Vice President's Award for Excellence in Financial Crimes Management and the Department of the Treasury Secretary's Annual Award for Outstanding Performance in the area of Financial Crimes. Mr. Stenger received his B.A. from Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and attained the rank of Captain in the United States Marine Corps.

Andrew Maybo
Mr. Maybo has over 22 years of government experience and is currently a K9 officer with the U.S. Capitol Police. Along with his active and decorated career in law enforcement, he is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and is currently the Immediate Past President of Washington, DC Lodge #1, which serves over 12,000 members in the Washington, DC law enforcement community.

Mr. Maybo is currently the chair of the DC FOP Disaster Aid Response Team, where he assists in coordinating Disaster Aid to states hit by natural disasters. He also served as the chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police National Memorial Committee for the National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service for over 10 years.

Mr. Maybo received his B.A. from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been on the board for the Congressional Badge of Bravery since it first started.

Mark Heinbach
Mark Heinbach is a Special Agent with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General for Investigations (HUD-OIG) and has held this same position since 1991. He has worked in three different offices in the United States including Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA, and over 20 years in Greensboro, NC. He is a cum laude graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and Union County College in New Jersey.

Activities/Awards: National Officer and National award recipient of Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA); Board member of Congressional Badge of Bravery; member of International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI); HUD-OIG white collar crimes instructor; Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) National and Regional award; New England Narcotic Enforcement Officer's Memorial Regional award. Also, he is a National Firearms, Control Tactics and Tactical instructor.

Nathan Catura
Agent, Inspector General's Office, Social Security Administration

David Harlow
Deputy Director, U.S. Marshals Service

Charles Dunne
Charles currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Security Fire & Life Safety at the National September 11th Memorial & Museum in New York City. Prior to this, Charles was appointed by President Barak Obama to serve as the United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York in 2010 and held that position until 2017. Prior to that, Charles served in the New York City Police Department from 1990-2010 and he retired as an Inspector.

Charlie earned a BA from Fairfield University, a MA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a JD from St. John's University School of Law and he attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.

He is admitted to practice law in New York State.

State and Local Review Board Profiles:

Dave Hiller
Past National VP, Fraternal Order of Police

Chuck Canterbury
Mr. Canterbury began serving as President of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in January 2003 and has been reelected five times. Mr. Canterbury joined FOP in 1984 when he, along with 11 other officers, chartered their Local Lodge. He served as Local Lodge President for 13 years, during which time he was instrumental in starting the Lodge Legal Defense Plan, purchasing the first lodge building, and starting the Lodge insurance program.

He went on to serve as State Lodge President from 1990 to 1998. During his tenure he was instrumental in establishing the State Lodge lobbying program, initiating the political endorsement program and implementing the State Lodge Legal Defense Plan. He led the effort to hire a full time Executive Director for the State Lodge to manage these programs. He began his service on the Grand Lodge Executive Board in 1995 when he was elected to the first of three terms as the Second Vice President. In 2001, he was elected Vice President. During this time, he has worked to expand the police labor movement in the areas of our country who do not have collective bargaining rights. Improving the quality of life for police officers has been his foremost goal. During his tenure he has brought a best business practice model to the FOP.

Mr. Canterbury retired in January 2004 from the Horry County Police Department, Conway, South Carolina, where he most recently had oversight of the Operations Bureau. He began his police career in 1978 and over his 26-year career he worked in the Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division and served as the Training Division Supervisor, during which he was certified as an Instructor in basic law enforcement, firearms, chemical weapons, and pursuit driving.

Mr. Canterbury was appointed by President George Bush to serve on the Medal of Valor Board and also serves on the Homeland Security Council. He also has been appointed to the Congressional Badge of Bravery Awards committee, is on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and serves as Treasurer of the International Council of Police Representatives Association, which represents over 1.4 million law enforcement officers worldwide. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coastal Carolina University.

Michael Walters
Officer, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept

Deputy Chief Melron Kelly
Deputy Chief Melron Kelly has devoted his life to public service. The interest to serve others started when he was just 13-years-old; a young boy in the 90s who signed up for the Columbia Police Department's (CPD) Explorer Program. Kelly always wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement. It was an aspiration that didn’t focus on being a hero or shining in the spotlight. Instead, Kelly sought to help others avoid living in fear while reminding them that there would always be someone to call – a police officer.

Kelly currently oversees the Operations, Administrative and Special Services Bureaus, which encompasses the Patrol/Regional Divisions and Criminal Investigations. Chief Kelly also oversees the Public Information/Media Relations Department at CPD.

Deputy Chief Kelly is a 19-year veteran of the CPD. After graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, his first assignment in CPD serving as the Residential Officer in the Waverly Street KOBAN. This familiarity and commitment to serving the community through law enforcement has allowed leadership positions in the Narcotics Division as an Investigator before being promoted to Sergeant; a Lieutenant overseeing the Gang/Narcotics Unit; and as a Captain in the North Region, and a Major in the Operations Bureau of the CPD.

Deputy Chief Kelly received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from South Carolina State University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree from the University of Louisville majoring in Justice Administration. Kelly also attended the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville - 124th Session - Executive Police Leadership Program in 2010, 62nd Session of the DEA Drug Commanders Academy And the 270th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2017 .

A member of various community and social organizations to include NOBLE, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Serve and Connect board member, and Sowing Seeds Inc. among other affiliations.

William J. "Bill" Johnson
Since January 2002, Mr. Johnson serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Police Organizations, Inc. He previously served as General Counsel to the organization. Mr. Johnson is a former law enforcement officer and prosecutor, having served with the Old Orchard Beach, Maine Police Department, and, after attending law school, the Miami, Florida State Attorney's Office. Among other crimes, he prosecuted drug trafficking, armed robbery, homicide, and aggravated child abuse cases. Mr. Johnson also served as the chief prosecutor of the Crimes Division of the Dade County Court (Miami, Florida). He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his law degree from Georgetown University and is also a graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

M. Douglas Scott
Retired Chief, Arlington Police Dept
M. Douglas Scott has nearly four decades of law enforcement experience including 17 years serving as a Chief of Police. He began his law enforcement career as a Police Cadet with the Fairfax County Police Department in 1975. In 1995, Chief Scott was appointed as the Chief of Police for Fairfax County. Fairfax County PD is the largest local law enforcement agency in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his tenure with Fairfax County Chief Scott held a number of important command positions including serving as the Director of the Public Safety Academy, Commander of the 9-11 Dispatch Center, District Station Commander, Patrol Bureau Commander and Night Duty Officer. In 1998, he retired from Fairfax County and was named Chief of Police in the City of Fairfax Police Department. He left local law enforcement briefly in 2000 to join federal service when he accepted a position as an Assistant Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Interior and remained in that position until accepting the position of Chief of Police in Arlington, VA in April of 2003. He retired from active law enforcement service in 2015 and started MDScott & Associates, LLC to provide public safety consulting services and law enforcement training. He is also currently an adjunct faculty member teaching criminal justice courses at Marymount University. Chief Scott holds an Associate's degree in Police Science, a Bachelor's degree in Applied Behavioral Science. In 2005 he received his Master's Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. He is also a graduate of the FBI's National Academy (157th Session), the FBI's National Executive Institute (19th Session) and the Naval Post Graduate School Center for Homeland Defense & Security-Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program. In 2009 Chief Scott was elected to serve as the President of the VA Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP). Until his retirement in 2015 Chief Scott served for many years as an Executive Board Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

Michael J. Brown, Sheriff
Bedford County Sheriff's Office
Bedford, Virginia
Michael J. Brown is a native of Bedford County, Virginia, and has fifty one years (2016) of law enforcement experience on a local, national and international level.

Sheriff Brown is a retired Special Agent, United States Treasury Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He served in the US Army, Military Police Corps, from 1967 to 1970; as a Tactical Officer, Special Operations Division, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC; as a Staff Support Specialist with the Department of Defense; and prior to his election as Sheriff on January 1, 1996, he served as a criminal justice consultant/instructor with the United States Department of Justice, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program, in Central America and the Caribbean.

Sheriff Brown has directed, since 1998, a national task force dealing with the sexual exploitation of children over the Internet for the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He testified before Congress in 1999 on matters concerning Internet crimes against children (sexual exploitation of children and the problem of child pornography on the Internet), and again in 2001 concerning the COPS Program. He was a member of Attorney General Kilgore's (VA) Task Force on Identity Theft in 2002, and was selected by Attorney General Janet Reno, in 2000, to serve on the Crime Technology Initiative Forum, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the White House.

Sheriff Brown is a member of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, National Sheriffs' Association, where he currently serves as the Chair, Education and Awards Committee, and is a member of the Congressional Affairs and Technology Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors, National White Collar Crime Center, and the Board of Advisors, Law Enforcement Innovation Center, University of Tennessee.

Sheriff Brown is a member of The International Police Association and the Fraternal Order of Police. He is a life member of AMVETS, The American Legion, and the National Rifle Association.

The Sheriff is a graduate of The American University in Washington, DC, holding BS Degree in The Administration of Justice & a Certificate in Police Administration; Department of Justice, Executive Development Program; and, the National Sheriff's Institute. He has completed numerous courses of instruction given by the FBI, ATF, US Army, CIA, DEA, and the IRS.

OF SPECIAL NOTE: His concern for community involvement has earned him Citizen of the Year, on two occasions, from the Bedford Chapter of the NAACP.

Additionally, Sheriff Brown was named Sheriff of the Year - 2017 by the National Sheriff's Association.