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Police Pin

What is Police Pin?

There is a story behind every police pin that ever law enforcement officer wears. In the United States, a police officer is awarded a police pin for various acts. Some decorations are in the form of police lapel pins, standard lapel pins, custom pins, or they are police uniform pins. Regardless of the story though the pins are given out sparingly, only to officers who have worked hard and stand out from the rest.

That being said, it’s important to note that not all police pins are awarded all across every police department. The names of the awards as well as the designs and how they are achieved will vary from department to department. Furthermore the awards are provided by the city, state, and county officials.

What is also important to keep in mind is that on a federal level, the issue of medals comes from the US government. So awards given to officials of the DEA, the FBI, along with the Department of Homeland Security are considered civilian government awards.


Types of Police Pins

Medal of Valor

Despite a lot of medals being different across each police department, this police pin, the Medal of Valor is a staple amongst most of them. This is typically a high esteemed award given to officers and it’s awarded to those for their heroism as well as their distinction when placed in an extremely dangerous situation. To be considered for this police pin, an officer must show extreme and unusual bravery when performing their duty even if the situation means they could be seriously injured or even die on the job.

This is one of the police lapel pins and is also one of the custom pins for officers.

Life Saving Award

Some police departments call this police pin the Life Saving Award, others the Police Lifesaving Medal, regardless how this police uniform pins is awarded is to an officer who plays a major role in saving the life of someone else. Specifically, this must be done through providing essential medical treatment and has to be done prior to the arrival of emergency response personnel.

Commendation

Otherwise known as the Medal of Commendation, it’s a police pin that’s awarded to an officer who plays a critical role in the overall mission of the police department. This goes beyond what the initial work of a police officer. This is one of the police uniform pins that recognizes the police officer’s courage, resourcefulness, perseverance, and tenacity in overall performance of their duties that has resulted in them protecting someone or their own life or property, prevention of a serious crime, or the apprehension of a dangerous individual.

The Medal of Honor

While there is a Medal of Honor awarded in the military, there is also one awarded in specific police departments. While the Medal of Honor is one of the many police uniform pins that is highly recognized, it is similar to the Medal of Valor.

And yet it’s a little different.

The big difference is the act that has to be done. In the case of the Medal of Valor, it’s presented to officers who performed beyond the call of duty in a situation that threatens their life. While honourable, the Medal of Valor is only the third highest award given to a police officer in New York. The Medal of Honor has a much larger threshold to be able to be recognized by it. Not that many of this type of this police pin are around and there is only one officer in the history of this pin to be awarded it twice.

Police Combat Cross

Another bar like police pin in most departments is the Police Combat Cross. In a lot of situations this is the same case as the Medal of Honor, but not as large of an act of bravery. Throughout the history of this police pin, over two hundred members have been awarded this pin.

Purple Heart

For many departments this is a generic police pin that’s awarded when a police officer is wounded, killed, or crashes a vehicle in the line of duty. It’s loosely based on the same type of medal that’s awarded to US Armed Forces. As far as specific details of this pins issuance varies from department to department.

Police Ranks

What is also important to note as well is that a police officer will have a police rank pin to signify their position. They are custom pins as well as custom lapel pins fitted based on the size of the uniform. Regardless they signify the seniority of the individual similar to Marine Corps and US Army ranking system.

Details of the relevant ranks that have a police pin of sorts are as follows:

Chief of police: Basically the top position of a police officer and is appointed by the mayor of the particular city, a city council member or a commission that was appointed with the task. There are other top ranks such as police commissioner, superintendent and sheriff which some are public officers and even outrank the chief of police while others are in similar ran to the uniformed chief as well.

Assistant Chief of Police: They’re in particular departments and do basically what the rank says. They assist the chief of police.

Deputy Chief of Police: They are the top subordinate of the chief of police or whoever the top rank official in the department is. All the same there are deputies also assigned to other non-police officers. As such there are undersheriffs, deputy superintendent, and deputy commissioner.

Inspector/Commander: Can also be described as a detective, some of the ways to recognize this position is an insignia of a single star. In other police departments it might be something else, perhaps enamel pins or a custom lapel pins. It varies from department to department.

Colonel: Most use this position as their senior executive rank. Similar to director, the colonel rank is used frequently throughout many departments. They are also similar in nature to army ranks in that the colonel rank is a gold or silver eagle while an oak leaf is to show a lieutenant colonel.

Captain: This police pin is tw o gold or silver bars commonly referred to as railroad tracks. Captains have various roles though mainly supervising large departments. In New York, it’s mainly precincts.

Sergeant: Three chevrons located on the upper arm these police uniform pins signify a police officer who supervises shifts within smaller areas or departments in most situations.


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The first step to getting your custom police pin is to contact us at GS-JJ.com and we will be happy to provide a quote for your custom police pins of whatever kind of custom lapel pins no minimum you want to create. After that we’ll send over a full-color proof for your approval. If you aren’t satisfied with the look of it or some other reason, let us know and we will promptly refund the payment in full or re-make the order to your specifications free of charge.



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