The Beth Haynes Memorial Award was established in 1994 following the tragic loss of Officer Beth Haynes of the Boulder Police Department. On April 16, 1994, Officer Beth Haynes responded to a domestic violence call. The man held a friend at gunpoint during a terrifying car ride and then tried to blast his way into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment. Police raced to the scene and when Officer Haynes confronted the crazed man in the parking lot, a shootout occurred and the 26-year-old officer was killed. Moments later the gunman committed suicide.
This is the only countywide award nominated by law enforcement officers and victim advocates and voted on by their peers. The Beth Haynes Memorial Award is viewed as one of the most prestigious annual awards given in Boulder County.
Law enforcement officers are nominated for the award based on the following criteria:
- History of service to victims
- Knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence and proper investigative techniques
- Guidance provided to fellow officers on domestic violence issues and cases
- Networking and problem solving around domestic violence issues with other agencies
Since 1994, there have been over 110 different officers nominated for the award from nine different law enforcement agencies. The award is given each year in October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Previous award recipients include Officers, Detectives, and Deputies from the Longmont Police Department, the Broomfield Police Department, the Boulder Police Department, the Boulder Sheriff’s Office, the Lafayette Police Department and the Louisville Police Department.