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HEAT Awards

Recognizing the Best

The Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Program has combined three award competitions into one prestigious, highly competitive program representing four key areas in the fight against vehicle theft:

  • Intelligence
  • Prevention
  • Enforcement
  • Recovery


To be considered for an award, nominees must submit efforts that cover at least two of the four key areas.

A Level Playing Field

The HEAT Awards have been restructured so larger agencies with more resources compete against comparable agencies. Now there will be only four categories, each based upon the size of the population served by the agency. One winning agency will be recognized from each of these categories. In addition, one winning individual will also be recognized in each category. Additional agencies and individuals may be honored as finalists. The categories are:

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


Who Can Enter

The annual HEAT Awards competition is open to all Virginia law enforcement agencies and their employees engaged in the mission to eliminate vehicle theft.

When to Apply

The awards will be presented each year in the fall. The 2020 awards will recognize efforts made from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

The deadline to enter is July 31, 2020. HEAT Awards recipients will be notified in the weeks following.

For more information about the HEAT Awards, please contact

To submit your agency or individual nomination, please either register your account or log in to your account before attempting to submit a nomination.

Submit an Individual Nomination

Submit an Agency Nomination