W.A.D. Recognition of Professionals: Awards

Members are asked to submit recommendations for the W.A.D. Awards. All nominations should be submitted to The Executive Director.There are four awards presented annually by the President at the Annual Conference Gala Banquet. Nominations for all the Awards should contain a brief account of the service and contributions given to the profession by the nominee which qualifies him or her for the award in question. Members cannot nominate themselves for Awards. All nominations must be received by July 1st.


Norman J. Sloan Memorial Award

Established in 1985, The Norman J. Sloan Memorial Award is The World Association of Detectives' highest honor and is presented at the Annual Conference. The recipients are W.A.D.'s members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the Association, and who have contributed their time, energy, leadership and dedication to the betterment of the investigation and security professions.

Investigator of the Year

A cup presented to the World Association of Detectives by Past President Zena Scott-Archer on behalf of the Association of British Investigators 'in friendship' in 1976 in Brighton, England and is to be awarded to a W.A.D. member who has demonstrated outstanding professional service or achievement in the calendar year, or who has performed an outstanding investigation in the best traditions of the profession.

Neal Holmes Sr./J.D. Vinson, Jr. Security Professional of the Year Award

This award honors members in the security field who have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and business acumen in an entrepreneurial endeavor.  Renamed in 2003 in memory of Life Member Neal Holmes, Sr., and again in 2015 prior to the passing of Past President J.D. Vinson, Jr., recognizing the long friendship of these two men and their contributions and leadership to WAD and the security profession.

Hal Lipset Truth in Action Award

This award originated in 1967 when it was introduced by the Officers and Board of W.A.D. as The 'Truth in Action' award. It is presented to an individual for service to mankind by outstanding acts of compassion or heroism or leadership or achievement and service outside of W.A.D. in the fields of private investigation, private security, criminal justice, jurisprudence, or technical and scientific expertise. In 1998 the name of the award was changed to the 'Hal Lipset Memorial Truth in Action Award' in honor of Past President Hal Lipset. The recipient is normally chosen by the local host, or in their absence by the Conference and Mid-Term Committee with approval by the Awards Committee.