Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U06-05-02
Awards - Ribbons
Issue Date:04 May 2017Effective Date:04 May 2017
Rescinds:01 June 2016 Version
Index Category:Uniform and Equipment Specifications
I.RIBBON BARS - CONSTRUCTION
  • A.Material
    Nylon and Dacron composition "campaign" ribbon material
  • B.Metal Frame
    As seen form top view, the frame shall be rectangular, one piece, etched yellow, 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.
  • C.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.
  • D.Fastener Assembly
    Typical pin and clutch back fastener on a bar which slips into a u-channel component.

    Top View - Side View - Clutch Fastener
II.RIBBON BARS - ATTACHMENTS
  • A.Stars
    • 1.Design: The star attachment will be a five-pointed star with sharp ridges and points. The star will measure approximately 3/16 inch in diameter and will have two pliable piercing pins, each measuring approximately ¼ inch long.
    • 2.Material: Metal, various alloys.
    • 3.The Department authorizes the use of award attachment stars in three colors, unless otherwise stated in a Department directive. Colors:
      • a.Dark blue enamel- to be worn on ribbon bars for one
        through four receptions of the same award.
      • b.Silver- to be worn on ribbon bars for the fifth
        reception of the same award in lieu of the four blue
        enameled stars.
      • c.Gold- to be worn on ribbon bars for the fifteenth
        reception of the same award in lieu of the silver and
        blue enameled stars.
  • B.Oak Leaves
    • 1.Design: The oak leaf attachment will be a two-dimensional, custom-cast design. The oak leaf will measure approximately 5/16 inch in length by 1/8 inch in width and will have two pliable piercing pins, each measuring approximately ¼ inch long.
    • 2.Material: Metal, various alloys.
    • 3.Colors:
      • a.Antique cast bronze to be worn on Honorable Mention Award bar for 90-149 Honorable Mentions.
      • b.Bright silver to be worn on Honorable Mention Award bar for 150 and more Honorable Mentions.
      NOTE:
      The bronze or silver oak leaf will be attached to the ribbon bar prior to shipment to the Chicago Police Department.
III.RIBBON BARS – INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
  • A.Police Medal
    Color: dark blue and gold. Centered will 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.
  • B.Superintendent’s Award of Valor
    Color: red and white. Centered will 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.
  • C.Superintendent’s Award of Merit
    Color: dark blue and white. Centered will 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.
  • D.Police Blue Star
    Color: light blue and white. Centered will be a white stripe measuring approximately 5/8 inch wide. There shall be a light blue strip measuring approximately 3/8 inch wide on either side.
  • E.Police Blue Shield
    Color: light blue and white. 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.
  • F.Superintendent's Award of Tactical Excellence
    Color: dark blue and white. Centered shall be a 3/16 inch wide vertical white stripe. On each side of the white stripe shall be shall four alternating 1/8 inch dark blue and 3/16 inch white stripes. This ribbon is Blackinton Model RC-33.
  • G.Thomas E. Wortham IV Military and Community Service Award
    Color: Centered will be a 1/4 inch wide vertical black stripe. The right side (wearer's) will be medium green. The left side (wearer's) will be bluebird blue.
  • H.Arnold Mireles Special Partnership
    Color: Centered shall be a 3/16 inch wide vertical white stripe. On each side of the white stripe shall be a 1/16 inch wide vertical dark blue stripe followed by a 1/16 inch wide vertical red stripe. On each end shall be a 5/16 inch wide vertical light blue stripe. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Airman of the Year ribbon.
  • I.William Powers Leadership Award
    Color: 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 U.S. Air Force Outstanding Airman of the Year ribbon.
  • J.Annual Bureau Award of Recognition
    Color: Centered shall be a 1/8 inch wide vertical red stripe. On each side of the red stripe shall be a 1/8 inch wide vertical white stripe. On each end shall be 1/2 inch wide vertical dark blue stripe.
  • K.Special Commendation
    Color: Centered shall be a 3/16 inch wide vertical royal blue stripe. On each side of the royal blue stripe shall be a 1/16 inch wide vertical light gold stripe followed by a 1/32 inch wide vertical royal blue stripe. On each end shall be a 5/16 inch wide vertical light gold stripe followed by a 1/16 inch wide vertical royal blue stripe. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal ribbon.
  • L.Lifesaving
    Color: dark green.
  • M.Police Officer of the Month
    Color: yellow/gold.
  • N.Chicago Police Leadership
    Color: white, yellow, and blue. Centered will be a 1/2 inch vertical white stripe. On each side of the white stripe shall be a 1/16 inch wide vertical yellow stripe. On each side of the yellow stripe shall be a 1/4 inch wide vertical dark blue stripe. On each side of the dark blue stripe shall be a 1/8 inch wide vertical yellow stripe. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Air Force Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.
  • O.Department Commendation
    Color: dark blue. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Army Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.
  • P.Military Service
    Color: red, white, and blue. Centered will be a 1/16 inch horizontal red stripe. On each side of the red stripe shall be a 1/32 inch wide horizontal white stripe. On each end shall be a 1/16 inch wide horizontal blue stripe. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Reserve Component Overseas Training Award Ribbon.
  • Q.Problem Solving
    Color: red with a 1/4 inch wide vertical light blue stripe positioned approximately 1/8 inch from each end. Centered within the light blue stripe will be one dark blue vertical stripe approximately 1/16 inch wide. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Air Force Combat Readiness ribbon.
  • R.Honorable Mention
    Color: Centered will be a 3/8 inch wide vertical white stripe. On each side of the white stripe will be a 1/8 inch wide vertical olive green stripe. On each end will be a 3/8 inch wide vertical orange stripe. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the Multinational Forces and Observers Medal ribbon.
  • S.Joint Operations
    Color: light blue. Centered will be a navy blue stripe measuring approximately 1/4 inch wide. There will be a yellow stripe 1/8 inch wide on either side. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Navy Reserve Sea Service Ribbons.
  • T.Unit Meritorious
    Color: scarlet red.
  • U.Traffic Stop of the Month
    Color: red, dark blue, white, and yellow. Centered will be a red stripe measuring approximately 3/8 inch wide. There will be two 1/16 inch wide vertical white stripes on both sides of the center stripe. There will be two 1/8 inch wide vertical dark blue stripes on both sides of the white stripes. A 1/4 inch yellow stripe will border each edge. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal ribbon.
  • V.Top Gun Arrest
    Color: green, light blue, and yellow. Centered will be a green stripe approximately 3/4 inch wide. There will be two 1/16 inch wide yellow stripes on each side of the center stripe. A 1/4 inch light blue stripe will border each edge. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksmanship ribbon.
  • W.Attendance Recognition
    Color: blue and light blue. Centered will be a blue stripe measuring 3/8 inch wide. There will be four alternating 1/8 inch wide stripes of light blue and blue on both sides of the center stripe. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Air Force Longevity ribbon.
  • X.Special Service
    Color: light blue with a 1/16 inch wide vertical white stripe positioned approximately 1/4 inch from each end. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the United Nations Medal ribbon.
  • Y.Deployment Operations Center
    Color: green, gold, and dark navy. Centered will be a dark navy stripe measuring approximately 1/4 inch wide. There will be gold stripes 1/16 inch wide on both sides of the center stripe. There will be green stripes 3/16 inch wide on both sides of the gold stripes. There will be a 1/8 inch gold stripe on both ends of the green stripe. A 1/8 inch green stripe will border each edge. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the NCO Professional Development ribbon.
  • Z.Honor Guard
    Color: dark blue, red, and white. Centered will be a 7/8 inch wide vertical dark blue stripe. On each side of the dark blue stripe will be a 3/32 inch wide vertical red stripe. On each side of the red stripe will be a 3/32 inch wide vertical white stripe. On both ends will be a 1/32 inch wide vertical red stripe. Affixed to the center of the ribbon is a folded flag pin. This pin measures 49/200 inch tall, 17/50 inch wide, and 11/200 inch thick. This pin is dark blue in color, surrounded with a gold color border, and features four white stars. The pin has one star positioned at the top and three additional stars positioned across the lower border. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the New Jersey National Guard Honor Guard ribbon.
  • AA.Pipe Band
    Color: green and white. Centered will be five 1/16 inch vertical white stripes. Each white stripe shall have a 5/16 inch separation. On each end shall be a 5/16 inch wide vertical white stripe. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Army Commendation Award Ribbon.
  • AB.Crime Reduction 2009
    Color: black, dark blue, light blue, and white. Centered will be a narrow black vertical stripe. Moving outward this stripe will fade into dark blue and then into white before fading back into light blue and again fading to light blue. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Navy Arctic Service ribbon.
  • AC.Crime Reduction 2004
    Color: green and white. Centered will be a vertical white stripe measuring approximately 1/8 inch wide. There will be two 5/8 inch wide vertical green stripes on both sides of the center stripe. There will be a 3/16 inch wide vertical white stripe on the outside of each green stripe. A 1/8 inch green stripe will border each edge. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Coast Guard Commendation Medal ribbon.
  • AD.NATO Summit Service
    Color: dark blue, white, silver, and gold. Centered will be a 3/4 inch vertical dark blue stripe. On each side of the dark blue stripe will be a 1/16 inch wide vertical white. On the outside of each white stripe will be a 1/16 inch wide vertical silver stripe. On the outside of each silver stripe will be a 1/16 inch wide vertical white stripe. On the outside of each white stripe will be a 1/16 inch wide vertical gold stripe. On the outside of each gold stripe will be a 1/16 inch wide vertical white stripe. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the NATO Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.
  • AE.Presidential Election Deployment
    Color: red, white, and blue. Centered will be a 1/8 inch vertical red stripe. On each side of the blue stripe shall be a 1/16 inch wide vertical white stripe. On each side of the white stripe shall be a 3/8 inch wide vertical dark blue stripe. On each side of the dark blue stripe shall be a 1/16 inch wide vertical white stripe. On each end shall be a 1/8 inch wide vertical red stripe. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon.
  • AF.Democratic Convention Service
    Color: red,white, and blue. This ribbon will resemble the flag of the United States of America.
  • AG.Recognition/Outside Agency
    Color: Centered will be a 1/8 inch wide vertical dark blue stripe. On each side of the dark blue stripe will be a 1/16 inch wide vertical white stripe. On each side of the white stripe will be a 3/8 inch wide vertical red stripe. On each side of the red stripe will be a 1/16 inch wide vertical white stripe. On each end will be a 1/8 inch wide vertical dark blue stripe. This ribbon is similar in size and design to the U.S. Air Force Organizational Excellence ribbon.
IV.Samples
Completed samples will be submitted to the Chicago Police Department, Research and Development Division, 3510 South Michigan Avenue., Chicago, Illinois 60653, for instructions before a purchase can be issued.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised)
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
T17-031 EW