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The Protector Award.

Recognizing first responders who embrace technology to PROTECT our communities. Sharing their stories of bravery and courage.


Innovation meets grit.

Stories of Courage
Illinois State Police

Director Leo Schmitz

Director Schmitz has been a leader in the Illinois law enforcement community since joining the Chicago Police Department in 1986. Most recently, Director Schmitz was appointed directed of the Illinois State Police under Governor Rauner. After graduating from Southern Illinois University, Schmitz began his law enforcement career with the Chicago Police Department patrolling the streets of Chicago. Throughout his law enforcement career, Schmitz has received numerous special commendations, honorable mentions and recognition awards. Schmitz rose through the CPD’s ranks all the while continuing his education through senior law enforcement management courses and programs.

Aurora, IL

The Aurora Police Department

The Aurora Police Department is responsible for providing law enforcement services to a growing, urban/suburban community with unique and ever-changing needs. We strongly believe that the challenges facing the Police Department can only be addressed effectively by connecting with community leaders, school administrators, members of the business community, non-profit organizations, other government agencies, neighborhood groups and most importantly, individual citizens. It is through this spirit of partnership that we will continue to see further reductions in crime and we will enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in our city. The Aurora Police Department currently employs nearly 729 officers and 139 civilians.

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ResponderXLive is a first-of-its-kind monthly event series optimized to meet the needs of public safety; free to attend, unsponsored, and featuring only vetted technology that meets the high standards required of the industry. A Protector Award is given at the conclusion of every event. Attend an event nearest you to help recognize the winners and hear their stories live.

Event date and location
  • June 27, Chicago, IL ResponderXLive in partnership with Darley
  • July 25, Washington, DC 5G First Responder Lab powered by Verizon
  • September 12, Boston, MA ResponderXLive in partnership with AWS
  • September 19, Washington, DC 5G First Responder Lab powered by Verizon
  • October 17, Washington, DC ResponderXLive in partnership with IFAFRI
  • November 14, San Francisco, CA 5G First Responder Lab powered by Verizon
  • November 19, Perry, GA #OCR19 powered by Verizon & Nokia
  • December 5, San Francisco, CA ResponderXLive in partnership with AWS

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The Protector Award identifies first responders who leverage technology and innovation to go above and beyond to keep our communities safe

Please submit a form if you or you know of a first responder that deserves recognition for their commitment and sacrifice.

All members of the Protector community agree to follow a clear code of conduct.

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Nominees must:

Be an active or retired first responderWho embraces technology and innovation to help keep our communities safe
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