Leadership is about people. It’s about fostering a sense of inclusion, vision, and teamwork to generate outcomes far greater than ever imagined. The Visionary Leadership award, inspired by Dr. Richard Carmona, recognizes one public safety leader annually who has positively impacted their agency and/or community through thoughtful leadership.

To be considered for this award, nominees must have been involved with: an impactful community program, developed innovative policies/programs for their agency or shown exemplary leadership during a time of crisis.

Learn more about the Award with this video.

Nominations are open for the 2024 Visionary Leadership Award.


This annual award recognizes one Public Safety Leader for developing programs or policies that positively impact their local community and/or agency. All nominees must run, manage or be involved in one of the following categories below to be considered for this award. If you are unsure if you qualify, please submit your story to [NOMINATION LINK] and the Axon Awards team will review.

Community Programs

Internal Staff

Leadership in Crisis

Award Winner Experience

Each year, one Visionary Leadership Award winner will receive:

NOTE: This is a First Responder Specific Award and includes but is not limited to the following: Fire/EMS, Law Enforcement (sworn & non-sworn), Corrections.