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HEAT Awards

How to enter

The nomination period for the Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program's 2016-2017 HEAT Awards is closed.

Please check back for the 2017-2018 HEAT Awards nominations.


Recognizing the best

HEAT Awards are presented each fall to Virginia law enforcement agencies and individuals. To be considered for an award, nominees must exhibit excellence in at least two of the following key areas in the fight against auto theft:

  • Intelligence
  • Prevention
  • Enforcement
  • Recovery

    A level playing field

    HEAT Awards are structured so that agencies compete against other agencies of comparable resources and size. One agency and one individual from each category will be recognized as a HEAT Awards Winner. Additional agencies and individuals may be honored as HEAT Awards Finalists. There are four agency categories based on size of population served:

  • Fewer than 5,000 served
  • 5,001 to 20,000 served
  • 20,001 to 100,000 served
  • 100,000+ served