Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal

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Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal
Awarded by the United Kingdom
Type Long service and good conduct medal
Eligibility Prison officers, and other staff of the Northern Ireland Prison Service
Awarded for 5 years of meritorious service
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
Established 15 January 2002
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Royal Ulster Constabulary Service Medal[1]
Next (lower) Union of South Africa Commemoration Medal[1]
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Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal ribbon
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Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal ribbon for prison officers

The Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal is a long and meritorious service medal established by Royal Warrant on 15 January 2002. Presented to personnel working for the Northern Ireland Prison Service, the medal is awarded for five years of meritorious full-time or part-time service. Agreed to in principle by the Queen in 2000, the medal was created to recognize the service of prison service personnel who have served in "difficult and often dangerous conflict" during the Troubles.[2]

Appearance[edit]

The Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal is circular, made of cupro-nickel. The obverse bears the effigy of Queen Elizabeth wearing the Imperial State Crown. The reverse depicts a design of the flax flowers surrounding the inscription Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal surmounted by three keys.[3]

The medal is suspended from a ribbon one and a quarter inches wide. The ribbon is composed of equal stripes of green and navy blue flanking a stripe of sky blue. For prison officers a thin stripe of red is centered on the sky blue stripe.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "No. 56878". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 March 2003. p. 3353. 
  2. ^ "Medal for NI prison staff". BBC News. 29 August 2000. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b The Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal : Royal warrant (PDF). [Norwich]: Stationery Office. 2002. ISBN 9780101545228. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2004.