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United States law enforcement decorations


United States law enforcement decorations

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 1
  • Denver Police Department 2
  • Elyria Police Department 3
  • Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department 4
  • Los Angeles Police Department 5
  • Minneapolis Police Department 6
  • New York City Police Department 7
  • Oklahoma City Police Department 8
  • Philadelphia Police Department 9
  • Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department 10
  • St. Louis County Police Department 11
  • See also 12

Columbia Police Department

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

Denver Police Department

  • 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

  • Elyria Police Medal of Honor
  • Elyria Police Medal of Valor
  • Police Lifesaving Medal
  • Police Medal of Merit
  • Police Purple Heart
  • Police Commendation Medal
  • Safe Driving Medal
  • Tactical Squad Service Medal
  • Community Service Medal
  • Police Education Medal
  • Advanced Certification Medal
  • Field Training Officer Medal
  • Top Gun Medal
  • Police Honor Guard Medal

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

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

Los Angeles Police Department

  • Los Angeles Police Medal of Valor
  • Liberty Award
  • Police Medal for Heroism
  • Los Angeles Police Star
  • Police Lifesaving Medal
  • Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal
  • Police Distinguished Service Medal
  • Police Meritorious Service Medal
  • Police Meritorious Achievement Medal
  • Community Policing Medal
  • Human Relations Medal
  • Police Commission Unit Citation
  • Police Meritorious Unit Citation
  • Reserve Police Officer Service Ribbon
  • 1984 Summer Olympics Ribbon
  • 1987 Papal Visit Ribbon
  • 1992 Civil Disturbance Ribbon
  • 1994 Earthquake Ribbon

Minneapolis Police Department

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

New York City Police Department

Oklahoma City Police Department

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

Philadelphia Police Department

  • 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

• 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 Alderman

St. Louis County Police Department

  • 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

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