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LAPD-Medal-of-Valor (Medal).png

This is the list and description for all of the medals and service awards the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) can award to its officers.

Medals[]

Awards for Bravery[]

Ribbon Award name and description
LAPD-Medal-of-Valor.png Medal of Valor

The Medal of Valor is the highest law enforcement medal awarded to officers and it is awarded for individual acts of extraordinary bravery or heroism performed in the line of duty at extreme and life-threatening personal risk.

LAPD-Preservation-of-Life-Medal.png Preservation of Life Medal

The Preservation of Life Medal may be awarded to an officer who has distinguished himself or herself by employing exceptional tactics and exercising sound judgment, beyond the normal demands of duty, to preserve the life of another during a volatile or dangerous encounter while protecting the safety and security of the public and his or her fellow officers.

LAPD-Police-Medal-for-Heroism.png Police Medal

The Police Medal is an award for bravery, usually awarded to officers for individual acts of heroism in the line of duty, though not above and beyond the call of duty, as is required for the Medal of Valor.

LAPD-Police-Star.png Police Star

The Police Star is an award for bravery, usually awarded to officers for performing with exceptional judgment and/or utilizing skillful tactics in order to defuse dangerous and stressful situations.

LAPD-Police-Life-Saving-Medal.png Police Life Saving Medal

The Police Life Saving Medal is an award for bravery, usually awarded to officers for taking action in order to rescue or attempt the rescue of either a fellow officer or any person from imminent danger.

Awards for Service[]

Ribbon Award name
LAPD-Police-Distinguished-Service-Medal.png Police Distinguished Service Medal

The Police Distinguished Service Medal is the department's highest award for service and may be awarded to employees who distinguish themselves by performing exceptional service in a duty of great responsibility or of critical importance to law enforcement.

LAPD-Police-Meritorious-Service-Medal.png Police Meritorious Service Medal

The Police Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to employees who distinguish themselves by performing exceptional service in a duty of great responsibility or of critical importance to law enforcement, but to a lesser degree than required for the Police Distinguished Service Medal.

LAPD-Police-Meritorious-Achievement-Medal.png Police Meritorious Achievement Medal

The Police Meritorious Achievement Medal is primarily designed for the recognition of civilian employees. The medal is awarded for either sustained, long-term, noteworthy achievement or a single significant, noteworthy achievement in the execution of administrative, clerical, or craft-type duties.

LAPD-Police-Commission-Distinguished-Service-Medal.png Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal

The Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to officers who distinguish themselves by performing exceptional service to the LAPD or by performing in a stressful emergency situation with good judgement and bravery.

LAPD-Police-Commission-Integrity-Medal.png Police Commission Integrity Medal

The Police Commission Integrity Medal is awarded to employees who display an act of exemplary integrity, especially when that act requires exceptional character, fortitude, and moral courage in the face of substantial obstacles.

LAPD-Community-Policing-Medal.png Community Policing Medal

The Community Policing Medal is awarded to personnel who have solved a significant community problem, included the community in the problem solving process, and/or shown a commitment to the LAPD's Community Policing philosophy.

LAPD-Human-Relations-Medal.png Human Relations Medal

The Human Relations Medal is awarded to officers who have in their day‑to‑day activities shown great compassion and have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their response to fellow human beings.

Unit Citations[]

Ribbon Award name
LAPD-Police-Commission-Unit-Citation.png Police Commission Unit Citation

The Police Commission Unit Citation is the department's highest unit award and may be awarded to an organizational unit of the department for bravery or outstanding service by its members functioning as a team.

LAPD-Police-Meritorious-Unit-Citation.png Police Meritorious Unit Citation

The Police Meritorious Unit Citation may be awarded to an organizational unit of the department for bravery or outstanding service by its members functioning as a team, but to a lesser degree than required for the Police Commission Unit Citation.

Ribbons[]

Commendations[]

Ribbon Award name and description
LAPD-Commendation-Ribbon.png Commendation Ribbon

A commendation ribbon will be authorized to wear after a sworn employee has received 40 commendations. Citizen letters, minor and major commendations will be counted towards the ribbon.

LAPD-Commendation-Ribbon-1.png Commendation Ribbon (with Bronze Oak Leaf cluster)

A commendation ribbon (with Bronze Oak Leaf cluster) will be authorized to wear after a sworn employee has received 80 commendations. Citizen letters, minor and major commendations will be counted towards the ribbon.

LAPD-Commendation-Ribbon-2.png Commendation Ribbon (with Silver Star)

A commendation ribbon (with Silver Star) will be authorized to wear after a sworn employee has received 120 commendations. Citizen letters, minor and major commendations will be counted towards the ribbon.

LAPD-Commendation-Ribbon-3.png Commendation Ribbon (with Gold Star)

A commendation ribbon (with Gold Star) will be authorized to wear after a sworn employee has received 160 commendations. Citizen letters, minor and major commendations will be counted towards the ribbon.

Service[]

Ribbon Award name and description
LAPD-Patrol-Service-Ribbon.png Patrol Service Ribbon

5 years of service in patrol services as a Police Officer, Sergeant and/or Lieutenant.

LAPD-Patrol-Service-Ribbon-1.png Patrol Service Ribbon (with Bronze Oak Leaf cluster)

10 years of service in patrol services as a Police Officer, Sergeant and/or Lieutenant.

LAPD-Patrol-Service-Ribbon-2.png Patrol Service Ribbon (with Silver Star)

15 years of service in patrol services as a Police Officer, Sergeant and/or Lieutenant.

LAPD-Patrol-Service-Ribbon-3.png Patrol Service Ribbon (with Gold Star)

20 years of service in patrol services as a Police Officer, Sergeant and/or Lieutenant.

LAPD-Detective-Service-Ribbon.png Detective Service Ribbon

5 years of service in investigative units as a Detective and/or Lieutenant.

LAPD-Detective-Service-Ribbon-1.png Detective Service Ribbon (with Bronze Oak Leaf cluster)

10 years of service in investigative units as a Detective and/or Lieutenant.

LAPD-Detective-Service-Ribbon-2.png Detective Service Ribbon (with Silver Star)

15 years of service in investigative units as a Detective and/or Lieutenant.

LAPD-Detective-Service-Ribbon-3.png Detective Service Ribbon (with Gold Star)

20 years of service in investigative units as a Detective and/or Lieutenant.

LAPD-Reserve-Service-Ribbon.png Reserve Service Ribbon

Awarded for 4000 hours of service as a Reserve Police officer.

Events[]

Ribbon Award name and description
LAPD-1984-Summer-Olympics-Ribbon.png 1984 Summer Olympics Ribbon

Given to any LAPD officer who saw service during the 1984 Summer Olympics from July 28 to August 12, 1984.

LAPD-1987-Papal-Visit-Ribbon.png 1987 Papal Visit Ribbon

Given to any LAPD officer who saw service during the September 1987 pastoral visit of Pope John Paul II.

LAPD-1992-Civil-Disturbance-Ribbon.png 1992 Civil Disturbance Ribbon

Given to any LAPD officer who saw service during the 1992 Los Angeles riots from April 29 to May 4, 1992.

LAPD-1994-Earthquake-Ribbon.png 1994 Earthquake Ribbon

Given to any LAPD officer who saw service during the 1994 Northridge earthquake from January 17 to January 18, 1994.

LAPD-Democratic-National-Convention-Ribbon.png 2000 Democratic National Convention Ribbon

Given to any LAPD officer who saw service during the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

Weapon Qualifications[]

Ribbon Award name and description
LAPD-Urban-Police-Rifle-Ribbon.png Urban Police Rifle Cadre Ribbon

Given to any LAPD officer who is qualified to use a Urban Police Rifle (usually a AR-15 variant chambered in .223)

LAPD-Shotgun-Slug-Ammunition-Ribbon.png Shotgun Slug Ammunition Cadre Ribbon

Given to any LAPD officer who is qualified to use slug ammunition in LAPD issued shotguns.

LAPD-Distinguished-Expert-Marksmanship-Badge.png Distinguished Expert Marksmanship Badge

Officers must score 2,310 out of a possible 2,400 points in a consecutive six‑month period in the voluntary bonus qualification shoots (held every month). Officers who have qualified as Distinguished Experts receive $64 in compensation in their bi-weekly paychecks.

LAPD-Expert-Marksmanship-Badge.png Expert Marksmanship Badge

Officers must score 380 out of a possible 400 points in the voluntary bonus qualification shoots (held every month). Officers who have qualified as Experts receive $32 in compensation in their bi-weekly paychecks.

LAPD-Sharpshooter-Marksmanship-Badge.png Sharpshooter Marksmanship Badge

Officers must score 340 out of a possible 400 points in the voluntary bonus qualification shoots (held every month). Officers who have qualified as Sharpshooters receive $16 in compensation in their bi-weekly paychecks.

LAPD-Marksman-Marksmanship-Badge.png Marksman Marksmanship Badge

Officers must score 300 out of a possible 400 points in the voluntary bonus qualification shoots (held every month). Officers who have qualified as Marksmen receive $8 in compensation in their bi-weekly paychecks.

Other[]

Ribbon Award name and description
LAPD-Purple-Heart-Ribbon.png Purple Heart

Awarded to officers who sustain a traumatic physical injury as a result of a suspect's actions during an on-duty tactical situation.

  • Can also be awarded posthumously to officers who die in the line of duty as a direct result of a suspect's actions.

Wearing of Awards[]

Personnel are encouraged to wear ribbons at formal events (e.g. memorial services, funerals, inspections, and graduations). Ribbons worn on the uniform shirt shall be affixed below the badge, just above the left breast pocket.

Per the LAPD manual, the ribbons shall be centered above the left breast pocket below the badge extending toward the wearers left in descending order of precedence with the bottom row on the seam.

Three ribbons shall constitute a complete row. Officers with a significant number of ribbons (10 or more) are allowed to expand the number of ribbons in their complete row to 4 ribbons. Precedence of rows shall be top to bottom. Additional rows shall also extend toward the wearers left in descending order of precedence. An incomplete row shall be the top row with its ribbons centered on the complete row(s) beneath.

When an employee receives the same award more than once, the second and subsequent awards shall be indicated by a bronze oakleaf cluster worn on the original ribbon. A silver oakleaf cluster will be worn in lieu of five bronze clusters.

Order of Precedence[]

The order of precedence for LAPD issued awards is:

  • LAPD-Medal-of-Valor.png Medal of Valor
  • LAPD-Preservation-of-Life-Medal.png Preservation of Life Medal
  • LAPD-Police-Distinguished-Service-Medal.png Police Distinguished Service Medal
  • LAPD-Police-Commission-Unit-Citation.png Police Commission Unit Citation
  • LAPD-Police-Medal-for-Heroism.png Police Medal
  • LAPD-Purple-Heart-Ribbon.png Purple Heart
  • LAPD-Police-Meritorious-Service-Medal.png Police Meritorious Service Medal
  • LAPD-Police-Meritorious-Achievement-Medal.png Police Meritorious Achievement Medal
  • LAPD-Police-Meritorious-Unit-Citation.png Police Meritorious Unit Citation
  • LAPD-Police-Star.png Police Star
  • LAPD-Police-Life-Saving-Medal.png Lifesaving Medal
  • LAPD-Police-Commission-Distinguished-Service-Medal.png Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal
  • LAPD-Police-Commission-Integrity-Medal.png Police Commission Integrity Medal
  • LAPD-Community-Policing-Medal.png Community Policing Medal
  • LAPD-Human-Relations-Medal.png Human Relations Medal
  • LAPD-Commendation-Ribbon.png Commendation Ribbon
  • LAPD-Patrol-Service-Ribbon.png Patrol Service Ribbon
  • LAPD-Detective-Service-Ribbon.png Detective Service Ribbon
  • LAPD-Reserve-Service-Ribbon.png Reserve Officer Service Ribbon
  • LAPD-1984-Summer-Olympics-Ribbon.png 1984 Olympic Ribbon
  • LAPD-1987-Papal-Visit-Ribbon.png 1987 Papal Visit Ribbon
  • LAPD-1992-Civil-Disturbance-Ribbon.png 1992 Civil Unrest Ribbon
  • LAPD-1994-Earthquake-Ribbon.png 1994 Earthquake Ribbon
  • LAPD-Democratic-National-Convention-Ribbon.png 2000 Democratic National Convention Ribbon
  • LAPD-Urban-Police-Rifle-Ribbon.png Urban Police Rifle Cadre Ribbon
  • LAPD-Shotgun-Slug-Ammunition-Ribbon.png Shotgun Slug Ammunition Cadre Ribbon

When Departmental ribbons are worn in conjunction with military ribbons and/or ribbons awarded by outside governmental agencies, the order of precedence is:

  • United States Government awards
  • Foreign Government awards
  • State Government awards
  • LAPD awards
  • Other City Department awards

Notes[]

In the Major Crimes Universe, when the main characters are seen in their uniforms, the correct order of precedence for their awards is not followed. The closest the show(s) came to getting the order right was in “By Any Means, Part 1” although even then there were some mistakes. Also, in “By Any Means, Part 1”, the detectives wore their incomplete ribbon rows on the bottom of their ribbon rack rather than on top.

During the earlies season of The Closer, even the ribbons itself were shown to be generic prop ribbons, not matching anything the LAPD has issued in the past or currently.

THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
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