Baltimore Police Department Ribbons

Baltimore Police Department award ribbons listed in order of precedence.

Reference Baltimore Police Department Policy 1712, Published 02 AUG 2021.

Medal of Honor

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is awarded by the Police Commissioner to members who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and courage at the risk of their own lives, above and beyond the call of duty, in an extraordinary act of heroism and bravery without endangering or jeopardizing the lives of others, and without detriment in any way to their sworn oath. A member must perform an act so outstanding that it clearly distinguishes superlative courage, beyond the call of duty, from lesser forms of bravery. The Medal of Honor, when awarded posthumously, shall be affixed to a plaque with a replica of the member’s badge and an appropriate inscription. This plaque shall be presented to the deceased member’s next of kin by the Police Commissioner or his/her designee. A plaque of similar design shall be displayed in the Departmental Memorial Shrine located in the lobby of the Headquarters Building.

Legion of Merit

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Legion of Merit

Awarded by the Police Commissioner to members who have distinguished themselves and the Baltimore Police Department through conspicuously
outstanding accomplishments in law enforcement. This award may be given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service in a law enforcement agency. This activity must be beneficial to and acknowledged by law enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions, and must be so conspicuously outstanding in achievement as to impact future endeavors in the field of law enforcement.

Silver Star

$3.75

3 in stock (can be backordered)

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Silver Star

Awarded by the Police Commissioner for an exceptional act or execution of duty performed in the presence of great danger and personal risk without endangering or jeopardizing the lives of others, and performed in such a manner as to clearly indicate that the sworn member displayed outstanding ability and judgment in the performance of duty. This exceptional performance of duty should have resulted in the prevention or solution of a crime, the arrest of those responsible, and should set apart and distinguish the member from other members. To merit this award, the act must be heroic but not to the degree justifying the Medal of Honor. This award shall not be granted for arrests resulting solely from information from an informant.

Bronze Star

$4.25

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Bronze Star

Awarded by the Police Commissioner to sworn members who distinguish themselves by displaying exceptionally meritorious service to the department and to the community. The sworn member must have displayed abilities and exercised judgment well above the expected standard, and thereby contributed materially to the success of a major mission, investigation or endeavor. It may be awarded for an act involving personal danger under aggravated or hostile circumstances, as well as for protecting or saving the life of another.

Medal of Tactical De-Escalation

$3.75

5 in stock (can be backordered)

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Medal of Tactical De-Escalation

Awarded by the Police Commissioner to sworn members who utilized exceptional tactical skills or verbal approaches and techniques to deescalate a situation presenting a threat of deadly force or serious bodily harm. Such interventions must be above and beyond the normal course and scope of duty, and must have resulted in either a peaceful outcome, or an outcome where the danger to a person was greatly mitigated in spite of the member being authorized to use a serious or lethal degree of force.

Peer Intervention Medal

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Peer Intervention Medal

Awarded by the Police Commissioner to sworn members who have intervened, on behalf of a fellow colleague, in a situation in which a failure to act would have resulted in misconduct leading to the serious or fatal injury of a person, gross violation of BPD ethical standards, immense administrative or operational losses (monetary or non-monetary), and/or irreparable damage to the public reputation and credibility of the agency. The action taken must surpass the normal requirements of BPD policy in such a situation, and must embody a selfless commitment to protecting the integrity of fellow members and the communities they serve.

Life Saving Award

$3.75

12 in stock (can be backordered)

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Life Saving Award

Awarded by the Police Commissioner to sworn members whose decisive actions save the life of another person. Situations include: CPR, Heimlich maneuver, prompt application of first aid in potentially fatal situations, and any other act that saves a life. This award may also be granted to members for the above described actions taken when, despite the member’s best efforts, the victim dies.

Citation of Valor

$3.75

135 in stock (can be backordered)

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Citation of Valor

Awarded to sworn members who have sustained gunshot wounds, stab wounds, or serious injury under aggravated and hostile circumstances which could result in death or permanent disability while acting in their official capacity. Authority for the issuance of the Citation of Valor lies solely with the Police Commissioner.

Distinguished Service Award

$3.75

80 in stock (can be backordered)

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Distinguished Service Award

Awarded by the Police Commissioner to members who have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service. The Distinguished Service
Award may be awarded to sworn and civilian members who have displayed their abilities well above the expected standards, reflecting technical or administrative achievement, or exceptional leadership in achieving a specific goal, objective or innovation. It distinguishes the individual’s performance through achievement, effect or consequence.

Peer Intervention Ribbon

$3.75

12 in stock (can be backordered)

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Peer Intervention Ribbon

Awarded to sworn or civilian personnel for intervening in a situation to prevent an incident from becoming problematic or disciplinary, or intervening when witnessing misconduct to prevent further negative outcomes.

Problem-Solving Ribbon

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Problem-Solving Ribbon

Awarded to sworn or civilian personnel for a notable achievement resulting in increased community trust and collaboration, improved planning and
execution of community policing strategies, substantial savings in operational costs, or an enhanced quality of life for a specific Baltimore community. The act(s) must be representative of performance beyond the expectations of normal work assignments.

De-Escalation Ribbon

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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De-Escalation Ribbon

Awarded to sworn members who have utilized exceptional tactical skills to de-escalate a situation which could have resulted in a significant act of misconduct, or in an unreasonable and disproportionate, yet non-lethal use of force.

Commendation

$3.75

3 in stock (can be backordered)

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Commendation

To merit this award, the act of service must be accomplished or performed in a manner above what is normally expected. It must be sufficient to distinguish the individual sworn or civilian member from those of comparable positions and responsibility, and reflect a highly credible accomplishment. The award may be given for submitting an adopted suggestion which constitutes a definite contribution to the department, such as an invention or innovation resulting in an improved design, procedure, organization, or relating to crime prevention or crime resistance. It may be awarded when members have displayed extraordinary intelligence, coverage and ability in effecting arrests, preventing a crime or solving a case.

Unit Citation

$3.75

6 in stock (can be backordered)

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Unit Citation

Any bureau, division, district, section, subdivision, unit or squad of members of the department is eligible for this award. The Unit Citation is awarded by the District Commander / Commanding Officer (or designee) to commend extraordinary law enforcement performance, attention to duty, contribution to the agency or to the general welfare of the citizens of the City of Baltimore. The criteria for this award are the same as those of the Commendation, except in recognition of a group effort. The mutual and full participation of all unit members in the cited activity must be explained in detail in order to be considered for this award.

Expert Pistol Ribbon

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Expert Pistol Ribbon

Awarded by range personnel to all sworn members who score 100 percent during both daytime and nighttime qualifications. This award is issued and
presented to the member by a range supervisor. A member who was issued a ribbon and fails to maintain the established score during the following qualification must return the ribbon to the range.

Community Service Ribbon

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Community Service Ribbon

Awarded to sworn or civilian members for their valuable and outstanding service while on or off duty, through an act or series of acts which provided great service to families and / or communities that was beyond the normal call of duty. These acts may range from exceptional job-related community interaction, to volunteer or community service that brings public acclaim to the employee, the Department or the police profession.

1968 Riot Ribbon

$3.75

7 in stock (can be backordered)

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1968 Riot Ribbon

Sworn members of the department on duty in the City of Baltimore during the period of civil unrest, 5 April through 14 April 1968, were eligible for this award.

Eastern District Initiative

$3.75

100 in stock (can be backordered)

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Eastern District Initiative

Special Service Commendation 2000

$3.75

77 in stock (can be backordered)

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Special Service Commendation of 2000

In 2000 Commissioner Edward Norris presented this commendation to every officer that worked that year, as it was one of the first years that, Shootings, and Homicides had been significantly reduced from the year prior.

Safe Driving Ribbon

$3.75

5 in stock (can be backordered)

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Safe Driving Ribbon

The Safe Driving Award was presented to encourage safe driving, they were at one time given out every year that an officer went without having an accident. Then they stopped giving them out, apparently there came a time when they felt it might be a good idea to bring them back, but they did with a slight change, instead of every year, they started giving them out in five year blocks beginning at 5 and ending at 25 years, the 5 year has no star, the 10 year has a silver star at it’s center, followed by the 15 with 2 stars, 20 with 3 stars and 25 with 4 stars.

Baltimore Police Service Ribbon

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Baltimore Police Service Ribbon

Awarded by the Baltimore City Police Historic Society’, the BPD Police Service Ribbon is an award provided for individuals who took an oath to serve and protect the citizens of the City of Baltimore while sworn as a Baltimore Police Officer. To be eligible, one would have to have completed their service in any length past probation, as long as they are either in good standing with the department, or left/retired in good standing. If any of our Officers were forced to leave early, it would have had to be for good cause.

NOTE: As long as any early departure from our agency was NOT due to a termination, or any reason that would tarnish the reputation of our agency, our officers, badge or uniform,. As we all know, our badge means so much to many, therefore, in cases of early departure, and the eligibility to display this ribbon will be considered on a case-by-case basis. But to be clear, as long as an officer was not forced to leave, charged with a crime, they are and should be not just eligible but able to wear this with pride. Leaving for a different agency, for family or just moving on is fine, so long as your service was respectful and leaving was on good terms.

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