Awards and Decorations


Awards for Bravery

 

Medal of Valor

The medal is awarded by the Board of Police Commissioners and is presented by the Chief of Police in the name of the Department at the annual Medal of Valor awards ceremony. The award consists of a medal, ribbon, and citation. The Medal of Valor was first presented in 1925, and the awards ceremony is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Los Angeles Police Foundation.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Awards for Service

 

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 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

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 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

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.


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

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

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 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.



Commendations

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.


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.


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.


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

Patrol Service Ribbon

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


Patrol Service Ribbon (with Bronze Oak Leaf cluster)

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


Patrol Service Ribbon (with Silver Star)

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


Patrol Service Ribbon (with Gold Star)

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


Detective Service Ribbon

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


Detective Service Ribbon (with Bronze Oak Leaf cluster)

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


Detective Service Ribbon (with Silver Star)

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


Detective Service Ribbon (with Gold Star)

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


Reserve Service Ribbon

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