MEDALLION AWARDS

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Active and Inactive representations of all approved Chicago Police Department awards presented in the form of a medallion accompanied by a ribbon.

CARTER H. HARRISON / LAMBERT TREE MEDALS – 1889 SERIES


Carter H. Harrison Medal

Obverse

Active Service Dates: 1889 – c1969

Status: Inactive – Discontinued

Description: Granted to Sworn Department Members who have performed distinguished acts of bravery in the protection of life or property. This award is presented on an annual basis by trustees of the respective award funds.

Presentation: This award was presented to Sworn Department Members in the form of a medallion.

Design: Sometime after July of 1968 the Chicago Police Department changed the design of the Carter H. Harrison / Lambert Tree medals. Although the design of the medallion portion of the award did not change, the upper part changed from the hanging bar to a blue campaign ribbon to conform to other existing Department awards. The ribbon bar was also introduced upon the change.

Lambert Tree Medal

Obverse

CARTER H. HARRISON / LAMBERT TREE MEDALS – 1969 SERIES


Carter H. Harrison Medal

Obverse                    Reverse

Active Service Dates: c1969 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Description: Granted to Sworn Department Members who have performed distinguished acts of bravery in the protection of life or property. This award is presented on an annual basis by trustees of the respective award funds.

Presentation: This award is presented to Sworn Department Members in the form of an enamel ribbon bar pin and medallion.

Design: Sometime after July of 1968 the Chicago Police Department changed the design of the Carter H. Harrison / Lambert Tree medals. Although the design of the medallion portion of the award did not change, the upper part changed from the hanging bar to a blue campaign ribbon to conform to other existing Department awards. The ribbon bar was also introduced upon the change.

Ribbon Specifications

Material: Metal with enamel clear coat material.

Color: Composed of blue, red and white colors. This ribbon will resemble the flag of the City of Chicago. This ribbon is a custom design and does not resemble any military ribbon in size and design.

Mount: Typical pin and clutch back fastener.

Lambert Tree Medal

Obverse                    Reverse

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION SERVICE AWARD


Obverse                    Reverse

Active Service Dates: October 1996 – October 1996

Status: Inactive – No Longer Issued

Description: Granted to any Sworn or Civilian Department Member on active duty status during the Democratic National Convention held in Chicago from 26 August through 29 August 1996. This award was originally named the “Democratic National Convention Special Service Award” and was renamed effective March 1, 2011.

Presentation: This award was presented to Sworn Department Members in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate. Civilian Department Members were presented this award in the form of a 1996 Chicago Democratic National Convention lapel pin and certificate. The medallion was commissioned by then Chief of Patrol James A. Maurer. Produced with two different rocker bars, “DEMONSTRATION” (pictured) and “JOINT OP CMD,” the medallion was presented as a memento of the occasion to dignitaries and VIP’s.

Ribbon Specifications

Material: Nylon and Dacron composition “campaign” ribbon material.

Color: Composed of red, white and blue colors. This ribbon will resemble the flag of the United States of America. This ribbon is a custom design and does not resemble any military ribbon in size and design.

Assembly: Typical u-channel component with ribbon fastened to and wrapped around the channel. Top view assembly dimensions are to be approximately 1 3/8 inches in length and 3/8 inch wide.

Frame: As seen from top view, the frame shall be rectangular, one piece, manufactured from metal with an etched yellow finish and measure approximately 1 7/16 inches in length by 7/16 inch high. The frame will have a rectangular “window” which measures 1 1/4 inches by 1/4 inch. The frame shall have four sides at 90 degrees to the frame face and measure approximately 1/16 inch in width. Integrated as part of the one-piece frame with formed sides are four fold tabs equally spaced on the long side of the frame (two per side). These tabs when folded shall fasten the frame to the u-channel ribbon assembly.

Mount: Typical pin and clutch back fastener on a bar which slips into a u-channel component.

HUNDRED CLUB OF COOK COUNTY MEDAL OF VALOR


Active Service Dates: January 8, 1988 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Description: Granted to a Sworn Department Member who, in the opinion of the Hundred Club of Cook County, has demonstrated outstanding courage and heroism in the performance of duty.

Presentation: This award is presented in the form of a ribbon bar and medallion.

Ribbon Specifications

Material: Nylon and Dacron composition “campaign” ribbon material.

Color: Composed of light blue and red colors. Split in two equal parts, the left half shall be a 5/8 inch vertical light blue stripe. On the right half shall be a 5/8 inch vertical red stripe.

Assembly: Typical u-channel component with ribbon fastened to and wrapped around the channel. Top view assembly dimensions are to be approximately 1 3/8 inches in length and 3/8 inch wide.

Frame: As seen from top view, the frame shall be rectangular, one piece, manufactured from metal with an etched yellow finish and measure approximately 1 7/16 inches in length by 7/16 inch high. The frame will have a rectangular “window” which measures 1 1/4 inches by 1/4 inch. The frame shall have four sides at 90 degrees to the frame face and measure approximately 1/16 inch in width. Integrated as part of the one-piece frame with formed sides are four fold tabs equally spaced on the long side of the frame (two per side). These tabs when folded shall fasten the frame to the u-channel ribbon assembly.

Mount: Typical pin and clutch back fastener on a bar which slips into a u-channel component.

POLICE BLUE SHIELD AWARD


Active Service Dates: May 5, 1998 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Description: Granted to any Sworn Department Member who, as a result of accidental causes, has been seriously, critically, or fatally injured while in the performance of police duty. This award will be limited to those cases resulting from an accident (e.g., a traffic accident, heart attack or other nonviolent incident that occurs in the direct performance of police duty).

Presentation: This award is presented to Sworn Department Members in the form of a ribbon bar, Medallion and certificate.

Ribbon Specifications

Material: Nylon and Dacron composition “campaign” ribbon material.

Color: Composed of light blue and white colors. Centered shall be a 1/8 inch wide vertical white stripe. On each side of the white stripe shall be shall be a 9/16 inch light blue stripe. On each end shall be a 1/16 inch white stripe. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the Korean Service Medal.

Assembly: Typical u-channel component with ribbon fastened to and wrapped around the channel. Top view assembly dimensions are to be approximately 1 3/8 inches in length and 3/8 inch wide.

Frame: As seen from top view, the frame shall be rectangular, one piece, manufactured from metal with an etched yellow finish and measure approximately 1 7/16 inches in length by 7/16 inch high. The frame will have a rectangular “window” which measures 1 1/4 inches by 1/4 inch. The frame shall have four sides at 90 degrees to the frame face and measure approximately 1/16 inch in width. Integrated as part of the one-piece frame with formed sides are four fold tabs equally spaced on the long side of the frame (two per side). These tabs when folded shall fasten the frame to the u-channel ribbon assembly.

Mount: Typical pin and clutch back fastener on a bar which slips into a u-channel component.

POLICE BLUE STAR AWARD


Active Service Dates: June 10, 1967 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Description: Granted to any Sworn Department Member who has been seriously, critically or fatally injured while in the performance of police duty. In addition, this award may be conferred if injury was averted by wearing body armor. This award will be limited to those cases resulting from attack by an assailant, personal combat or the performance of an act of valor.

Presentation: This award is presented to Sworn Department Members in the form of a ribbon bar, Medallion and certificate.

Ribbon Specifications

Material: Nylon and Dacron composition “campaign” ribbon material.

Color: Composed of light blue and white colors. Centered shall be a vertical white stripe measuring approximately 5/8 inch wide. There shall be a vertical light blue stripe measuring approximately 3/8 inch wide on either side. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the Washington Air National Guard Unit Citation Ribbon.

Assembly: Typical u-channel component with ribbon fastened to and wrapped around the channel. Top view assembly dimensions are to be approximately 1 3/8 inches in length and 3/8 inch wide.

Frame: As seen from top view, the frame shall be rectangular, one piece, manufactured from metal with an etched yellow finish and measure approximately 1 7/16 inches in length by 7/16 inch high. The frame will have a rectangular “window” which measures 1 1/4 inches by 1/4 inch. The frame shall have four sides at 90 degrees to the frame face and measure approximately 1/16 inch in width. Integrated as part of the one-piece frame with formed sides are four fold tabs equally spaced on the long side of the frame (two per side). These tabs when folded shall fasten the frame to the u-channel ribbon assembly.

Mount: Typical pin and clutch back fastener on a bar which slips into a u-channel component.

POLICE MEDAL AWARD


Active Service Dates: April 28, 1962 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Description: An award presented annually by the Superintendent of Police to recipients of the Superintendent’s Award of Valor, the Superintendent’s Award of Merit, the Police Blue Star Award or the Police Blue Shield Award when, in his judgment, the accomplishments or performance of the individual member was so outstanding as to justify additional recognition.

Presentation: This award is presented to Sworn Department Members in the form of a ribbon bar, Medallion and certificate.

Ribbon Specifications

Material: Nylon and Dacron composition “campaign” ribbon material.

Color: Composed of dark blue and gold colors. Centered shall be a dark blue stripe measuring approximately 5/8 inch wide. There shall be a gold stripe measuring approximately 3/8 inch wide on either side. This ribbon is similar in design to the Air Medal Ribbon.

Assembly: Typical u-channel component with ribbon fastened to and wrapped around the channel. Top view assembly dimensions are to be approximately 1 3/8 inches in length and 3/8 inch wide.

Frame: As seen from top view, the frame shall be rectangular, one piece, manufactured from metal with an etched yellow finish and measure approximately 1 7/16 inches in length by 7/16 inch high. The frame will have a rectangular “window” which measures 1 1/4 inches by 1/4 inch. The frame shall have four sides at 90 degrees to the frame face and measure approximately 1/16 inch in width. Integrated as part of the one-piece frame with formed sides are four fold tabs equally spaced on the long side of the frame (two per side). These tabs when folded shall fasten the frame to the u-channel ribbon assembly.

Mount: Typical pin and clutch back fastener on a bar which slips into a u-channel component.

RICHARD J. DALEY POLICE MEDAL OF HONOR


Active Service Dates: May 18, 1979 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Description: An award presented annually by the Superintendent of Police in memory of Mayor Richard J. Daley’s outstanding service and dedication to the citizens of Chicago. The award will be conferred upon a command staff member; state, county or municipal official; or other citizen whose accomplishments or service have brought credit to the City of Chicago and/or the Chicago Police Department.

Presentation: This award will be presented by the Superintendent of Police at an annual awards ceremony in the form of a plaque.

SUPERINTENDENT’S AWARD OF MERIT


Active Service Dates: April 28, 1962 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Description: An award granted to any Sworn or Civilian Department Member for an outstanding accomplishment that has resulted in improved administration, improved operation, or substantial savings in manpower or operational costs wherein the member has gone far beyond the requirements of his normal assignment to contribute to a more effective police service, or for outstanding police work that has brought great credit to the Department in a case of unusual public interest.

Presentation: This award is presented to Sworn Department Members in the form of a ribbon bar, medallion and certificate. Civilian Department Members are presented this award in the form of a Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) lapel pin and certificate.

Ribbon Specifications

Material: Nylon and Dacron composition “campaign” ribbon material.

Color: Composed of dark blue and white colors. Centered shall be a white stripe measuring approximately 7/16 inch wide. There shall be a dark blue strip measuring approximately 7/16 inch wide on either side. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the Kansas National Guard Medal of Excellence Ribbon.

Assembly: Typical u-channel component with ribbon fastened to and wrapped around the channel. Top view assembly dimensions are to be approximately 1 3/8 inches in length and 3/8 inch wide.

Frame: As seen from top view, the frame shall be rectangular, one piece, manufactured from metal with an etched yellow finish and measure approximately 1 7/16 inches in length by 7/16 inch high. The frame will have a rectangular “window” which measures 1 1/4 inches by 1/4 inch. The frame shall have four sides at 90 degrees to the frame face and measure approximately 1/16 inch in width. Integrated as part of the one-piece frame with formed sides are four fold tabs equally spaced on the long side of the frame (two per side). These tabs when folded shall fasten the frame to the u-channel ribbon assembly.

Mount: Typical pin and clutch back fastener on a bar which slips into a u-channel component.

SUPERINTENDENT’S AWARD OF TACTICAL EXCELLENCE


Active Service Dates: March, 22 2016 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Description: An award presented to Sworn Department Members who utilized exceptional tactical skills or verbal approaches and techniques to mitigate any deadly force situation resulting in the saving or sustaining of a human life.

Presentation: This award is presented to Sworn Department Members in the form of a ribbon bar, medallion and certificate.

Ribbon Specifications

Material: Nylon and Dacron composition “campaign” ribbon material.

Color: Composed of dark blue and white colors. Centered shall be a 3/16 inch wide vertical white stripe. On each side of the white stripe shall be four alternating 1/8 inch dark blue and 3/16 inch white stripes. This ribbon is Blackinton Model RC-33.

Assembly: Typical u-channel component with ribbon fastened to and wrapped around the channel. Top view assembly dimensions are to be approximately 1 3/8 inches in length and 3/8 inch wide.

Frame: As seen from top view, the frame shall be rectangular, one piece, manufactured from metal with an etched yellow finish and measure approximately 1 7/16 inches in length by 7/16 inch high. The frame will have a rectangular “window” which measures 1 1/4 inches by 1/4 inch. The frame shall have four sides at 90 degrees to the frame face and measure approximately 1/16 inch in width. Integrated as part of the one-piece frame with formed sides are four fold tabs equally spaced on the long side of the frame (two per side). These tabs when folded shall fasten the frame to the u-channel ribbon assembly.

Mount: Typical pin and clutch back fastener on a bar which slips into a u-channel component.

SUPERINTENDENT’S AWARD OF VALOR


Active Service Dates: April 28, 1962 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Description: An award granted to any Sworn Department Members for an act of outstanding bravery or heroism by which the member has demonstrated in great degree the characteristics of selflessness, personal courage and devotion to duty.

Presentation: This award is presented to Sworn Department Members in the form of a ribbon bar, medallion and certificate.

Ribbon Specifications

Material: Nylon and Dacron composition “campaign” ribbon material.

Color: Composed of red and white colors. Centered shall be a white stripe measuring approximately 7/16 inch wide. There shall be a red strip measuring approximately 7/16 inch wide on either side. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the Puerto Rico National Guard Medal for Valor Ribbon.

Assembly: Typical u-channel component with ribbon fastened to and wrapped around the channel. Top view assembly dimensions are to be approximately 1 3/8 inches in length and 3/8 inch wide.

Frame: As seen from top view, the frame shall be rectangular, one piece, manufactured from metal with an etched yellow finish and measure approximately 1 7/16 inches in length by 7/16 inch high. The frame will have a rectangular “window” which measures 1 1/4 inches by 1/4 inch. The frame shall have four sides at 90 degrees to the frame face and measure approximately 1/16 inch in width. Integrated as part of the one-piece frame with formed sides are four fold tabs equally spaced on the long side of the frame (two per side). These tabs when folded shall fasten the frame to the u-channel ribbon assembly.

Mount: Typical pin and clutch back fastener on a bar which slips into a u-channel component.

THOMAS E. WORTHAM IV MILITARY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD


Active Service Dates: February 2011 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Description: An award granted to any Sworn Department Member whom is currently a member of any branch of the United States Armed Services or was honorably discharged from any branch of the United States Armed Services, has made significant contributions to the Chicago Police Department, and is making a continuing contribution to the City of Chicago or State of Illinois through community involvement by means of membership in a civic organization or other comparable method (e.g.: civic organization, school or church involvement, etc.). This award was developed in conjunction with the Wisconsin State National Guard who will be annually honoring a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard with the Thomas E. Wortham IV Citizen / Soldier Award.

Presentation: This award is presented to Sworn Department Members in the form of a ribbon bar, medallion and certificate.

Ribbon Specifications

Material: Nylon and Dacron composition “campaign” ribbon material.

Color: Composed of black, bluebird blue, medium green and white colors. Centered shall be a 7/16 inch wide vertical black stripe. The right side (wearer’s) will be medium green. There shall be two 1/16 inch wide vertical white stripes on both sides of the center stripe. There shall be a vertical medium green stripe measuring approximately 3/8 inch wide on the left end and a vertical bluebird blue stripe measuring approximately 3/8 inch wide on the right end. This ribbon is a custom design and does not resemble any military ribbon in size and design.

Assembly: Typical u-channel component with ribbon fastened to and wrapped around the channel. Top view assembly dimensions are to be approximately 1 3/8 inches in length and 3/8 inch wide.

Frame: As seen from top view, the frame shall be rectangular, one piece, manufactured from metal with an etched yellow finish and measure approximately 1 7/16 inches in length by 7/16 inch high. The frame will have a rectangular “window” which measures 1 1/4 inches by 1/4 inch. The frame shall have four sides at 90 degrees to the frame face and measure approximately 1/16 inch in width. Integrated as part of the one-piece frame with formed sides are four fold tabs equally spaced on the long side of the frame (two per side). These tabs when folded shall fasten the frame to the u-channel ribbon assembly.

Mount: Typical pin and clutch back fastener on a bar which slips into a u-channel component.

WILLIAM POWERS LEADERSHIP AWARD


Active Service Dates: November 10, 2014 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Description: This award exemplifies retired Commander William Powers dedication to service, visionary approach to operational excellence and dynamic leadership in law enforcement. Granted to command staff members who have exhibited exemplary service and dynamic leadership in law enforcement.

Presentation: This award is presented to Sworn Command Staff Members in the form of a ribbon bar, medallion and certificate.

Ribbon Specifications

Material: Nylon and Dacron composition “campaign” ribbon material.

Color: Composed of dark blue, yellow and white colors. Centered shall be a 3/16 inch wide vertical yellow stripe. On each side of the yellow stripe shall be a 3/16 inch wide vertical dark blue stripe. On each end shall be a 7/16 inch wide vertical white stripe. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the Rhode Island National Guard Star Ribbon.

Assembly: Typical u-channel component with ribbon fastened to and wrapped around the channel. Top view assembly dimensions are to be approximately 1 3/8 inches in length and 3/8 inch wide.

Frame: As seen from top view, the frame shall be rectangular, one piece, manufactured from metal with an etched yellow finish and measure approximately 1 7/16 inches in length by 7/16 inch high. The frame will have a rectangular “window” which measures 1 1/4 inches by 1/4 inch. The frame shall have four sides at 90 degrees to the frame face and measure approximately 1/16 inch in width. Integrated as part of the one-piece frame with formed sides are four fold tabs equally spaced on the long side of the frame (two per side). These tabs when folded shall fasten the frame to the u-channel ribbon assembly.

Mount: Typical pin and clutch back fastener on a bar which slips into a u-channel component.