Memphis Police Department Ribbons

Memphis Police Department award ribbons listed in order of precedence.

Reference Memphis Police Department Policy and Procedures Section: Commendation Program, Revision 27 AUG 2018.

Medal of Honor

$3.75

90 in stock (can be backordered)

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Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor will be awarded to the Memphis Police officers who distinguish themselves with extraordinary act(s) of bravery or heroism above and beyond that normally expected in the line of duty. The deed performed must have been one of self-sacrifice where the action taken, in all probability, may have resulted in death or serious injury. Presented at the Annual Commendation Ceremony. The medal is silver with raised lettering. The ribbon and bar are blue with one red and two white vertical stripes.

Medal of Valor

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Medal of Valor

The Medal of Valor will be awarded to the Memphis Police officers whose act(s) exemplify heroism and valor. The officer must have demonstrated courageous behavior upon being confronted by a potentially dangerous adversary. Presented at the Annual Commendation Ceremony. The medal is silver with raised lettering. The ribbon and bar are red with four light blue vertical stripes.

Lifesaving Medal

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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Lifesaving Medal

The Lifesaving Medal will be awarded to the Memphis Police officers who by their immediate actions, saved a human life or prolonged the life of a person for at least twenty-four hours under unusual and /or extraordinary circumstances, but does not qualify for a higher award. The medal may also be earned by any act, which is considered instrumental in directly contributing to the saving of a life. Officers putting themselves in harm’s way or extensive persuasion in changing a person’s mind in taking their own life are some of the important components in determining the merits of this medal. The Commendation Board will decide what is extensive. Presented at the Annual Commendation Ceremony. The medal is silver with raised lettering. The ribbon and bar are green with one white vertical stripe.

Service Medal – Combat

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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Service Medal – Combat

The Service Medal – Combat will be awarded to the Memphis Police Officers who have been seriously, critically, or fatally injured while in the performance of their duties. The wound or injury must be to a degree requiring hospitalization, the immediate care of a physician, or capable of causing death or extended disability. To qualify for this commendation, the wound or injury must have appeared to have been caused by the deliberate actions of another in an attempt to cause injury to the officer or some other person, thing, or property; or in the attempted apprehension of said person; or personal combat, or in an attempt to save a human life placing oneself in immediate peril. In addition, this award may be conferred if wearing body armor averted injury. Presented at the Annual Commendation Ceremony. The medal is gold with raised lettering. The bar is purple with two white vertical stripes which represent the wound or injury, extraordinary fidelity, and meritorious service. The ribbon and bar are white with one purple vertical stripe.

Service Medal – Accidents

$3.75

7 in stock (can be backordered)

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Service Medal – Accidents

The Service Medal – Accidents will be awarded to the Memphis Police officers who, as a result of accidental causes during enforcement activities, have been seriously, critically or fatally injured while in the performance of police duties. This award will be limited to those cases resulting from an accident in which no internal disciplinary action was taken (e.g., a traffic accident, heart attack [approved medically/city approved OJI], or other non-violent incident, which occurs, in the direct performance of police duty). Presented at the Annual Commendation Ceremony. The medal is gold with raised lettering. The ribbon and bar are purple.

Director’s Award

$3.75

3 in stock (can be backordered)

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Director’s Award

This award may be selected for a member who:

  • 1. Has shown exceptional initiative, tenacity, and expertise while carrying out their duties.
  • 2. Presents outstanding acts of community service which is not normally recognized or expected as a normal part of their duties.
  • 3. Has progressive leadership qualities which contribute to the accomplishment of departmental goals.
  • 4. Overall distinguishes themselves for exemplary service to the department.
  • 5. The ribbon is dark blue with one vertical gold stripe.
  • 6. This award will be presented at the Annual Commendation Ceremony.
  • 7. The commendation will be in the form of a bar and certificate.
  • 8. Recipient is selected by the Director of Police Services.

Department Officer of the Year Bar (TOP COP)

$3.75

Available on backorder

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Department Officer of the Year Bar (TOP COP)

The Department Officer of the Year Bar will be awarded to one Department officer who has shown exceptional performance throughout the year. Presented at the Annual Commendation Ceremony. The bar light blue with two yellow, two white, and one red stripe.

Medal of Merit

$3.75

4 in stock (can be backordered)

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Medal of Merit

The Medal of Merit will be awarded to the Memphis Police officers who successfully performs extremely complex and difficult investigations, or who demonstrate exceptional skills and ingenuity in the apprehension of wanted persons, who provide outstanding service to the public, or who continuously achieve excellence in the performance of duties over an extended period of time. Presented at the Annual Commendation Ceremony. The medal is bronze with raised lettering. The ribbon and bar are red with two white vertical stripes.

Undercover Operations Medal of Merit

$3.75

9 in stock (can be backordered)

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Undercover Operations Medal of Merit

The Undercover Operations Medal of Merit is given to Memphis Police Officers that have worked deep undercover to infiltrate and investigate dangerous criminal organizations from inside its source. These officers have had to assume new identities, severing all ties with the Department and Department personnel as well as subjecting themselves to involvement in criminal activity, which may include going to jail to keep their identities from being exposed. These officers have changed their entire lifestyles; from their appearances, to their daily routines, to being away from families and friends for extended periods of time. They must demonstrate exceptional skill and ingenuity in gathering the necessary intelligence to effect a successful investigation and/or criminal prosecution. A Memphis Police Officer who has successfully completed this assignment and has been undercover for more than 1 year will receive a medal and a solid black bar. A silver star affixed to the bar represents an officer serving more than 2 year in this
assignment. Presented at the Annual Commendation Ceremony. The medal is silver with raised lettering. The ribbon and bar are black.

100 Club Valor Award

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100 Club Valor Award

The bar is red with vertical red, blue, and yellow stripes. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call.

Administrative Excellence Bar

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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Administrative Excellence Bar

Awards of Administrative Excellence are conferred for non-routine conduct of an administrative nature, which surpass the responsibilities of the current assignment. This may include the implementation of a new program, redesigning a current program, etc. Presented at the Annual Commendation Ceremony. The commendation will be in the form of a bar and certificate. The bar is green with two orange stripes.

Precinct/Bureau/Division Supervisor of the Year Bar

$3.75

18 in stock (can be backordered)

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Precinct/Bureau/Division Supervisor of the Year Bar

The Precinct/Bureau/Division supervisor of the Year Bar will be awarded to the Memphis Police officers who have shown exceptional performance as a supervisor throughout the year. Presented at the Annual Commendation Ceremony. The bar is yellow with two small blue vertical stripes.

Precinct/Bureau/Division Officer of the Year Bar

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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Precinct/Bureau/Division Officer of the Year Bar

The Precinct/Bureau/Division officer of the Year Bar will be awarded to the Memphis Police officers who have shown exceptional performance as a supervisor throughout the year. Presented at the Annual Commendation Ceremony.The bar is green with vertical blue, yellow, and red stripes.

Optimist Club Investigator of the Year

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Optimist Club Investigator of the Year

The commendation will be in the form of a bar. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call. The bar is gray with five red vertical stripes.

Kiwanis Club Uniform Patrol Officer of the Year

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Kiwanis Club Uniform Patrol Officer of the Year

The commendation will be in the form of a bar. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call. The bar is blue with four gold vertical stripes.

100 Club Jerome Turner Award

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100 Club Jerome Turner Award

The bar is red with vertical red, blue, and yellow stripes. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call.

Memphis Police Department CIT Officer of the Year

$3.75

78 in stock (can be backordered)

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Memphis Police Department CIT Officer of the Year

The Memphis Police Department CIT Officer of the Year will be chosen from the recipients of the CIT Workstation Officer of the Year after a formal review. A committee will be formed from various personnel to make the final selection of the recipient. This award will be presented during the Annual NAMI Memphis CIT Awards Banquet and will be in the form of a bar and plaque. The bar is gold with four thin blue and one thick blue vertical stripe. The following star rankings will indicate how many times an officer has received the Memphis Police Department CIT Officer of the Year award:

  • First Time Recipient – Bar
  • Second Time Recipient – Bar with 1 bronze star
  • Third Time Recipient – Bar with 1 gold star
  • Fourth Time Recipient – Bar with 1 silver star

Once these stars have been earned, there will be no additional stars affixed to the bar. When more than one of these awards has been received, only the highest bar, in accordance to the above order, shall be worn.

CIT Workstation Officer of the Year

$3.75

138 in stock (can be backordered)

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CIT Workstation Officer of the Year

CIT Workstation Officer of the Year will be awarded based on performance and recommendations made by the CIT officer’s supervisors and a workstation committee. This award will be presented during the Annual NAMI Memphis CIT Awards Banquet and will be in the form of a bar and plaque.The bar is blue with four light blue, two medium blue, two white and one dark blue vertical stripe. The following star ranking will indicate how many times an officer has received the CIT Workstation Officer of the Year award:

  • First Time Recipient – Bar
  • Second Time Recipient –1 bronze star
  • Third Time Recipient – 2 bronze stars
  • Fourth Time Recipient –1 gold star
  • Fifth Time Recipient –1 gold star and 2 bronze stars
  • Sixth Time Recipient – 1 silver star
  • Seventh Time Recipient – Bar with 1 silver star and 2 bronze stars

Once these stars have been earned, there will be no additional stars affixed to the bar. When more than one of these awards has been received, only the highest bar, in accordance to the above order, shall be worn.

Specialized Unit Bar

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Specialized Unit Bar

The Specialized Unit Bar is given to those officers that have chosen or have been appointed to work in a specialized unit that requires additional training above and beyond that of a basic law enforcement officer. These officers must conduct their specialized duties in these units for a minimum of eight (8) hours per tour of duty, must be permanently assigned to the unit, and must have been at these work stations for at least one (1) continuous year. The following units qualify for this bar; Air Support, Bomb, Canine, DARE / GREAT, DUI Unit, Motors, Mounted Patrol, OCU, Special Administrative Staff to the Director, TACT, Training Academy. The Specialized Unit Bar will be issued at the completion of the first continuous years of service for the specific qualifying unit. The following stars will be placed on the bar to represent the amount of different specialized units that an officer has served in:

  • one bronze – 2nd specialized unit
  • two bronze stars – 3rd specialized unit
  • gold – 4th specialized unit
  • gold star with two bronze stars – 5th specialized unit
  • silver star – 6th specialized unit
  • silver star with two bronze stars – 7th specialized unit

Once these stars have been earned, there will be no additional stars affixed to the bar. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call. The commendation will be in the form of a bar. The bar is brick red with four yellow vertical stripes.

Peer Support Bar

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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Peer Support Bar

Officers/dispatchers who complete the selection process and required training class shall receive:

  • Certificate of training
  • CIS/Peer Support lapel pin.

In order to recognize service as an active Peer Support Officer, and to recognize the officers’ continuous dedicated service, the Memphis Police Department will honor its Peer Support Officer with the Peer Support Bar. The ribbon is yellow with thin blue, white, and red vertical stripes. The CIS Coordinator will issue this bar to the recipient. The Peer Support Bar will be issued at the completion of one year of service and upgraded every five years. The following stars will be placed on the bar to represent continuous service:

  • bronze – five consecutive years
  • two bronze – ten consecutive years
  • one gold – fifteen consecutive years
  • one silver – twenty consecutive years

Once these stars are earned, there will be no additional stars affixed to the bar.

Community Service Bar

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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Community Service Bar

The Community Service Bar may be presented for outstanding acts of community service, not normally recognized or expected as a normal part of an officer’s duty. This may be a single act or cumulative in nature, and normally accomplished during the employee’s personal time, yet reflects favorably upon the department. An officer should not receive compensation for the service. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call. The commendation will be in the form of a bar and certificate. The bar is light blue with four gold and three green vertical stripes.

Armed Forces Service Bar

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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Armed Forces Service Bar

The Armed Forces Service Bar will be awarded to the Memphis Police officer who is active or has served in any branch of the Armed Services of the United States of America and is in good standing with their respective branch of services while being a member of the Memphis Police Department. A letter of good standing from the officer’s military supervisor or a copy of the military DD-14 form that states or indicates an Honorable Discharge will be forward to the Commendation Board. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call. The commendation will be in the form of a bar. The bar is red with four white, two blue, and one yellow vertical stripe. A bronze star affixed to the bar represents participation in a campaign (war).

Unit Citation Bar

$3.75

9 in stock (can be backordered)

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Unit Citation Bar

The Unit Citation will be awarded based on a unit’s performance. The mere performance will merit recognition for services rendered to the department and/or the community and must be of such outstanding nature exhibiting dedication above and beyond their normal duties. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call. The commendation will be in the form of a bar and certificate. The bar is green with four yellow, two blue and one red vertical stripe.

PST Bar

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PST Bar

The PST Service Bar will be awarded to Memphis police officers who served as a Police Service Technician before becoming a commissioned Police Officer. To qualify for this bar, the Police Officer’s – PST service must meet all the following requirements:

  • The Police Officer must have been hired as a PST recruit and have completed the PST portion of the Training Academy.
  • The Police Officer must have served as a PST for at least one year and have satisfied all requirements to return to the Training Academy and graduate as
    a police recruit.

The bar is tan with three blue vertical stripes. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call.

Campaign Bar

$3.75

7 in stock (can be backordered)

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Campaign Bar

A Campaign Ribbon Bar can be issued to Commissioned Officers, Police Radio Dispatchers, and Police Service Technicians who have contributed in some way to the success of the overall mission of the Memphis Police Department during the campaign. The Director of Police Services shall issue a declaration when an event is to be declared a “Campaign”.

Our first campaign ribbon (MLK50), in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50th Anniversary march. Ribbon is two thin white stripes at the edges and two thicker stripes in the middle, the first being black and the second in scarlet. This ribbon only is being issued to those who were employed by the Memphis Police Department on April 4, 2018.

Subsequent campaign bars will be placed lower than existing bars. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call.

Exemplary Service Bar

$12.95

102 in stock

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Exemplary Service Bar

The Exemplary Service Bar will be awarded to the Memphis Police Officer who distinguishes himself/herself by exemplary behaviors over a continuous five-year period. Departmental charges that are sustained will make an officer ineligible for this award except when those charges involve a vehicle accident. Departmental charges involving a vehicle accident will affect the Driver’s Excellence award only. Any officer that has pending departmental charges will have to wait until his/her case has a final judgment before the bar can be awarded. The final judgment must be in favor of the officer for the bar to be awarded. If an awardees honorable service is questioned after the presentation of this award, the information must be forwarded in written form to the Commendation Board to determine whether or not the bar will be revoked. The Director of Police Services will make the final disposition. Any off-duty incident that reflects negatively on the Memphis Police Department will make the officer ineligible for the Exemplary Service Bar. The Colonel or Major will present this award at the receiving officer’s roll call. The following star on this bar will represent the consecutive years of exemplary service:

  • bronze – ten consecutive years
  • two bronze stars – fifteen consecutive years
  • gold – twenty consecutive years
  • gold star with two bronze stars – twenty-five consecutive years
  • gold star – thirty consecutive year
  • silver star with two bronze stars – thirty-five consecutive years

Once these stars have been earned, there will be no additional stars affixed to the bar. The bar is red with three blue and two gold vertical stripes.

Firearms “Distinguished” Bar

$3.75

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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Firearms “Distinguished” Bar

Shooting a perfect score (300 points) on the standard handgun qualification course. The handgun qualification course consists of daylight, dim light, and
flashlight courses. Each “3 set” total score will equal one qualifying course. The set must be completed consecutively. This makes an officer eligible for
the Firearms “Distinguished” Expert award. The bar is blue with three green stripes. A gold star centered on the ribbon will indicate a perfect score shot five times consecutively. A silver star centered on the ribbon will indicate a perfect score shot ten times consecutively. Once the silver star has been earned, there will be no additional stars affixed to the bar. This will make this officer eligible for the Firearms “Expert” award.

Firearms Proficiency (Expert and Marksman) Bar

$3.75

21 in stock (can be backordered)

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Firearms Proficiency (Expert and Marksman) Bar

The Firearms Proficiency award will be awarded to the Memphis Police officer who demonstrates proficiency with their duty side arm by shooting a 88 or above on the standard daylight handgun qualification course. The scores used for determining the Firearms Proficiency award will come from first
round in-service. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call. A certificate will be issued when the officer reaches the first, fifth, and tenth qualifying score. Officers who demonstrate proficiency with their duty side arm will be entitled to additional paid leave on an Annual basis in the following amounts:

  • Officer who shoots between 88 and 92 will receive one day paid leave.
  • Officer who shoots 93 or above will receive two days paid leave.

Firearms “Expert” award:

  • Officers will qualify for the “Expert” bar if they shoot an 93 or above.
  • The bar is blue with two green stripes
  • A silver letter “E” will be affixed to the ribbon
  • Two gold stars placed on the ribbon on the left and right side of the letter “E” will indicate a 93 or above score shot five times consecutively.
  • Two silver stars placed on the ribbon on the left and right side of the letter “E” will indicate a 93 or above score shot ten times consecutively.
  • Once the silver stars have been earned, there will be no additional stars affixed to the bar.

Firearms “Marksman” award:

  • Officers will qualify for the “Marksman” bar if they shoot an 88-92
  • The bar is blue with two green stripes
  • A gold star centered on the ribbon will indicate a score that is between 88 and 92 shot five times consecutively.
  • A silver star centered on the ribbon will indicate a score that is between 88 and 92 shot ten times consecutively.
  • Once the silver star has been earned, there will be no additional stars affixed to the bar.

Drivers’ Excellence Bar

$3.75

1 in stock (can be backordered)

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Drivers’ Excellence Bar

The Memphis Police Department recognizes that the combination of safe driving and maintaining observant surveillance of the patrol zone require a much higher level of skill than does the normal operation of a motor vehicle. The officer who acquires the ability to concentrate on two major areas of proficiency at the same time deserves special recognition. The award is presented on the basis of a non-chargeable, accident-free driving record. A chargeable accident negates all accumulated time towards this award. The Driver’s Excellence Award will be presented to the officer for having three
consecutive years without a chargeable traffic accident. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call. The ribbon is dark blue with two thin gold stripes at the edges followed by two thicker white stripes

The following star on this bar will represent the consecutive year of non-chargeable, accident-free driving record:

  • bronze star – sixth consecutive year
  • two bronze stars – ninth consecutive year
  • gold star – twelfth consecutive year
  • gold star with two bronze stars – fifteen consecutive year
  • silver star – eighteen consecutive year
  • silver star with two bronze stars – twenty-first consecutive year

Once these stars have been earned, there will be no additional stars affixed to the bar.

Years of Service Bar

$12.95

102 in stock

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Years of Service Bar

To recognize officers’ continuous dedicated service, the Memphis Police Department will honor its officers with the Service Bar. The Service Bar will be
issued at the completion of the fifth consecutive years of service and will be upgraded every five years. The following stars will be placed on the bar to represent continuous service:

  • bronze – ten consecutive years
  • two bronze stars – fifteen consecutive years
  • gold – twenty consecutive years
  • gold star with two bronze stars – twenty-five consecutive years
  • gold star – thirty consecutive year
  • silver star with two bronze stars – thirty-five consecutive years

Once these stars have been earned, there will be no additional stars affixed to the bar. The Colonel or Major will give this award at the officer’s roll call. The bar is maroon with one blue vertical stripe.

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