Los Angeles Police Department Ribbons

Los Angeles Police Department award ribbons listed in order of precedence.

Reference LAPD Manual (Volume 3, Section 637).

Medal of Valor

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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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.

Preservation of Life Medal

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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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.

Police Distinguished Service Medal

$12.95

102 in stock

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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.

Police Commission Unit Citation

$3.75

6 in stock (can be backordered)

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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.

Police Medal

$3.75

5 in stock (can be backordered)

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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.

Purple Heart

NOT AVAILABLE

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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.

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

Police Meritorious Service Medal

$3.75

5 in stock (can be backordered)

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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.

Police Meritorious Achievement Medal

$3.75

1 in stock (can be backordered)

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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.

Police Meritorious Unit Citation

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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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.

Police Star

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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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.

Lifesaving Medal

$3.75

1 in stock (can be backordered)

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Lifesaving Medal

The Lifesaving 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.

Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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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.

Police Commission Integrity Medal

NOT AVAILABLE

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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.

NOTE: No longer issued. Developed after the Rampart scandal, it was hoped that it would encourage officers to report wrongdoings in order to keep corruption out. To qualify, information provided by the recipient had to result in an LAPD employee being brought to justice. The medal quickly became known as the “Rat Ribbon” and nobody wanted to accept it.

Community Policing Medal

$3.75

4 in stock (can be backordered)

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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.

Human Relations Medal

$3.75

4 in stock (can be backordered)

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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.

Commendation Ribbon

NOT AVAILABLE

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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.

Reserve Exceptional Service Ribbon

NOT AVAILABLE

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Reserve Exceptional Service Ribbon

Awarded to Reserve Officers who have been named the Reserve Officer of the Year of their Area/Division.

Patrol Service Ribbon

$3.75

Available on backorder

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Patrol Service Ribbon

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

Detective Service Ribbon

$3.75

3 in stock (can be backordered)

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Detective Service Ribbon

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

Reserve Officer Service Ribbon

$3.75

80 in stock (can be backordered)

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Reserve Officer Service Ribbon

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

1984 Olympic Ribbon

$3.75

3 in stock (can be backordered)

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1984 Olympic Ribbon

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

1987 Papal Visit Ribbon

$3.75

5 in stock (can be backordered)

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1987 Papal Visit Ribbon

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

1992 Civil Emergency Response Ribbon

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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1992 Civil Emergency Response Ribbon

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

NOTE: This award was originally known as the 1992 Civil Disturbance Ribbon.

1994 Earthquake Ribbon

NOT AVAILABLE

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1994 Earthquake Ribbon

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

2000 Democratic National Convention Ribbon

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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2000 Democratic National Convention Ribbon

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

2019 150th Anniversary Ribbon

$4.00

6 in stock (can be backordered)

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2019 150th Anniversary Ribbon

The 150th Anniversary Ribbon is authorized to wear by uniformed employees who were members of the LAPD from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

Urban Police Rifle Cadre Ribbon

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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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).

Shotgun Slug Ammunition Cadre Ribbon

$3.75

21 in stock (can be backordered)

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Shotgun Slug Ammunition Cadre Ribbon

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

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