Austin Police Department Ribbons

Austin Police Department award ribbons listed in order of precedence.

Reference General Order 922, Effective 21 OCT 2020.

Medal of Valor

NOT AVAILABLE

Description

Medal of Valor

Conferred for displaying exceptional bravery and courageous action, risking life or serious bodily injury, while in the performance of duty, thereby earning high honor and distinction and bringing favorable recognition to the Department.

Distinguished Command Medal

$4.25

Available on backorder

Description

Medal for Honor

Conferred for distinguished command as demonstrated by:

  • Exceptional and courageous command during critical times which required extraordinary police service;
  • Clearly exceptional command and leadership for an extremely difficult or hazardous project or task which was highly successful or brought great recognition to law enforcement; or
  • Clearly exceptional command and leadership, which have been consistently demonstrated
    over an extended period of time.

Purple Heart

$4.25

5 in stock

Description

Purple Heart

Conferred for sustaining, through no fault of their own, serious bodily injury that involves a substantial risk of death or protracted loss or impairment that continues after medical intervention or death resulting from a suspect’s actions in the line of duty under honorable circumstances, which brought favorable recognition to the Department. In addition, this award may be conferred if injury was averted from a projectile by use of body armor.

Life Saving Medal

$3.75

100 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

Life Saving Medal

Conferred for going above and beyond what is expected to save a human life. The event must have involved specific and direct intervention. The person receiving the life-saving efforts needs to survive for at least 24 hours.

Meritorious Service Medal

$3.75

6 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

Meritorious Service Medal

Conferred for meritorious service demonstrated through outstanding performance of duty under clearly hazardous and complicated conditions, or when the service delivered clearly contributed to a high degree of success in a difficult or complicated project or task by an individual.

Unit of Year Citation

$3.75

26 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

Unit of Year Citation

Presented to three outstanding units each year, based upon:

  • Meritorious service as demonstrated through exceptional performance by all members during extremely hazardous duty; or
  • Exceptional collective outstanding performance which exemplified dedication to the Unit mission or assignment over an extended period of time. One unit will be recognized from patrol services, one unit will be recognized from non-patrol units, and one civilian unit will be recognized.

Meritorious Unit Medal

$3.75

2 in stock

Description

Meritorious Unit Medal

Conferred for meritorious service demonstrated through outstanding performance of duty under clearly hazardous and complicated conditions, or when the service delivered clearly contributed to a high degree of success in a difficult or complicated project or task by a unit.

NOTE: A list of all personnel who were unit members for at least 6 months during the calendar year and the actual dates each member was assigned to that unit is required.

Superior Service Citation

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

Superior Service Citation

Presented to three outstanding units each year, based upon:

  • Demonstrating a superior commitment to quality service or caring service within the community or Department;
  • Exhibiting outstanding problem-solving skills which brings recognition to the individual and Department; or
  • Actions that go beyond the expected duties and responsibilities of the employee’s job description within the department.

Servant Leadership Citation

2 in stock (can be backordered)

NOT AVAILABLE

Description

Servant Leadership Citation

Presented to employees for:

  • Regardless of rank or position within the Department, consistently focusing primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they serve;
  • Acknowledging other people’s perspectives, giving them the support they need to meet their work and personal goals, involving them in decisions where appropriate, and fostering a sense of community within the Department; or
  • Enriching the lives of individuals, building a better organization and ultimately creating a more just and caring community.

Community Service Citation

NOT AVAILABLE

Description

Community Service Citation

Presented to employees who engage in the following behavior over an extended or continuous period of time:

  • Demonstrating a voluntary act of donating time and devotion to the community while promoting the safety, health, education, or, welfare of the citizens;
  • Providing volunteer community service which results in favorable recognition of the Department; or
  • Actions that go beyond the required duties and responsibilities of the employee’s job description that promote the Department’s community policing principles.

Honorable Conduct Citation

NOT AVAILABLE

Description

Honorable Conduct Citation

Presented to employees for completing 10, 20, or 30 years (aggregate) of service, as long as the employee:

  • Is in good standing;
  • Receives a favorable recommendation from their supervisor; and
  • After the formula set out in (b) has been applied.

Military Service

$4.25

10 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

Military Service

Issued to personnel honorably discharged from any U.S. military service.

A single star may be added to the ribbon for each foreign combat theater deployment.

Hazardous Deployment

$3.75

3 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

Hazardous Deployment

Conferred for response and deployment to a natural or man-made disaster or continued civil unrest and riotous behavior in a public safety capacity under hazardous and extended conditions inside or outside the City of Austin.

Only the initial ribbon received will be worn. Subsequent awards will be indicated by an authorized star device placed on the first award ribbon (up to four stars, representing a total of five awards).

Special Response Team (SRT) Campaign Ribbon

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

Special Response Team (SRT) Campaign Ribbon

Presented to members of Units which the Chief determines:

  • Are directly involved in the resolution of a large-scale crowd-control incident which immediately jeopardizes the safety of citizens, or causes great concern to a large segment of the Austin community; and
  • The recipient demonstrated exceptional tactics, team work, courage, and self- discipline under hazardous conditions.

Only the initial ribbon received will be worn. Subsequent awards will be indicated by an authorized star device placed on the first award ribbon (up to four stars, representing a total of five awards).

Essential Services Response Ribbon

NOT AVAILABLE

Description

Essential Services Response Ribbon

Conferred for continuing to provide essential services to the community during a natural or man-made disaster, or public health crisis in a public safety capacity under hazardous and extended conditions inside the City of Austin.

Academic Achievement

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

Academic Achievement

Issued to personnel who have received an academic degree and/or completed leadership or management training. The following devices may be worn on the Ribbon:

  • One silver diamond device for a Bachelor’s degree,
  • One single lamp device for a Master’s or Doctorate degree.
  • One single “L” device for the APD Leadership Academy or Department approved long-term management/leadership school.
  • The “L” device may be worn with the Diamond or Lamp device if the employee has been awarded both devices.

Master Certification Ribbon

$4.25

Available on backorder

Description

Master Certification Ribbon

Issued to officers achieving a Master Peace Officer Certification through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Safe Driving Ribbon

$4.25

2 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

Safe Driving Ribbon

This award is given to personnel who maintain a safe driving history while driving a City vehicle. A ribbon is given at three (3) years (aggregate), with an authorized star device added at 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of safe driving (up to four stars, representing a total of five awards).

NOTE: Eligibility is determined by subtracting one (1) year from the officer’s total years of service for each preventable collision. After 5 years, a collision will no longer be counted against the officer if no other preventable collision has occurred within the period requested for the award.

Fitness Award

$4.25

2 in stock

Description

Fitness Award

Issued to employees who have successfully completed their annual physical assessment with results rating them in the top 10 percent for their age category. Subsequent awards will be indicated by an authorized star device placed on the first award ribbon. The additional star device may be added in five (5) year increments, up to four stars, for a total of five (5) awards.

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