United States law enforcement decorations

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United States law enforcement decorations are awarded by the police forces of the United States of America. Since the United States has a decentralized police force, with separate independent departments existing on the state and local level, there are literally thousands of law enforcement decorations in existence.

Typically, law enforcement decorations are bestowed by a particular police department and may only be worn and displayed while a police officer is serving as a member of that particular law enforcement activity. Most such awards are provided by city, county and state officials.

Federal law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, DEA, and the Department of Homeland Security issue medals under the authority of the United States government which are considered separate civilian government awards.

The following sections list various police decorations by awarding agency

Columbia Police Department[edit]

  • Medal of Valor
  • Purple Heart
  • Certificate of Commendation
  • Letter of Appreciation

Denver Police Department[edit]

  • Denver Police Medal of Honor
  • Denver Police Service Cross
  • Denver Police Medal of Valor
  • Police Purple Heart
  • Police Lifesaving Medal
  • Police Campaign Medal
  • Physical Fitness Award

Elyria Police Department[edit]

  • Medal of Honor.JPG Elyria Police Medal of Honor
  • Elyria Police Medal of Valor
  • Police Lifesaving Medal
  • Medal of Merit.jpg Police Medal of Merit
  • Purple Heart.jpg Police Purple Heart
  • Police Commendation Medal
  • Safe Driving Medal
  • Tactical Squad Service Medal
  • Community Service Medal
  • Education Award.JPG Police Education Medal
  • Advanced Certification Award.png Advanced Certification Medal
  • Field Training Officer Medal
  • Top Gun Medal
  • Honor Guard Ribbon Banner.jpg Police Honor Guard Medal

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department[edit]

  • Medal of Honor
  • Purple Heart
  • Medal of Valor
  • Medal of Bravery
  • Medal of Merit
  • Ruthann Popcheff Memorial Award

Los Angeles Police Department[edit]

  • Los Angeles Police Department Medal of Valor ribbon.svg Los Angeles Police Medal of Valor
  • Liberty Award.jpg Liberty Award
  • Policemedal.JPG Police Medal for Heroism
  • Policestar.JPG Los Angeles Police Star
  • Lifesavingmedal.JPG Police Lifesaving Medal
  • Pcdsm.JPG Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal
  • Los Angeles Police Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svgPolice Distinguished Service Medal
  • PMSM.JPG Police Meritorious Service Medal
  • PMAM.JPG Police Meritorious Achievement Medal
  • Cpm.JPG Community Policing Medal
  • Humanrelations.JPG Human Relations Medal
  • Pcuc.JPG Police Commission Unit Citation
  • Pmuc.JPGPolice Meritorious Unit Citation
  • Reserve service ribbon.jpg Reserve Police Officer Service Ribbon
  • 1984 Summer Olympics Ribbon
  • 1987pv.JPG 1987 Papal Visit Ribbon
  • 92riots.JPG 1992 Civil Disturbance Ribbon
  • 1994quake.JPG 1994 Earthquake Ribbon

Minneapolis Police Department[edit]

  • Medal of Honor
  • Medal of Valor
  • Medal of Commendation

Montgomery County Police Department[edit]

Award Ribbon Criterion
Medal of Valor
Montgomery County Police Department Medal of Valor ribbon.svg
The MCPD's highest award, the Medal of Valor is awarded to an MCPD officer for heroism and distinction in extremely hazardous circumstances. In order to be considered for this honor, an employee must exhibit unusual bravery in the performance of duty while facing the threat of death of serious injury.[1]
Life Saving Award
Montgomery County Police Department Life Saving Award.svg
The Life Saving Award is given to an MCPD officer who makes a major contribution toward saving the life of another by providing essential medical treatment prior to arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel.[2]
Montgomery County Police Department Commendation.svg
A Commendation is awarded to an MCPD officer who makes a significant contribution to the mission of the department beyond the ordinary call of duty. It recognizes those incidents wherein the member's courage, resourcefulness, tenacity, and/or perseverance in the performance of the employee's duties has resulted in the protection of life or property, the prevention of a major crime, or the apprehension of an armed and dangerous criminal.[3]

New York City Police Department[edit]

Oklahoma City Police Department[edit]

  • Oklahoma Police Medal of Honor
  • Oklahoma Police Cross
  • Police Medal of Valor
  • Medal of Meritorious Service

Philadelphia Police Department[edit]

  • Sgt. Robert F. Wilson III Commendation for Valor
  • Commendation for Bravery
  • Commendation for Heroism
  • Commendation for Merit
  • Commendatory Citation
  • RNC Service Ribbon
  • Military Service Ribbon

Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department[edit]

  • Saint Louis Meritorious Award
  • Saint Louis Medal of Valor - Crusade Against Crime
  • Saint Louis Chief of Police Letter of Accommodation
  • Saint Louis Captains Letter of Accommodation
  • Saint Louis Officer of the Year Award
  • Saint Louis Officer of the Month Award (Given each month in each of the nine Districts)
  • Proclamation by the Mayor of the City of Saint Louis
  • Proclamation by the City of Saint Louis Board of Aldermen

St. Louis County Police Department[edit]

  • St. Louis County Medal of Honor
  • Police Medal of Valor
  • St. Louis Distinguished Service Citation
  • St. Louis Meritorious Service Citation
  • Police Purple Heart
  • Citizen's Recognition Medal

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Montgomery County Police Department". www.facebook.com.
  2. ^ "Montgomery County Police Department". www.facebook.com.
  3. ^ "Montgomery County Police Department". www.facebook.com.

{ NACOP} Awards the Law Enforcement Officers, Purple Heart to Officer Scott T Barnes 41 years after he was wounded and sustained injuries in the Line of Duty for a shooting that occurred in 12-77 on Ridgecrest PD. He was awarded the Law Enforcement Purple Heart by the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum this 10-18-18 nearly 41 years after the shooting of the suspect and the wounding of Officer Barnes while he engaged the suspect who had already injured 2 officers .