Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S01-01-01
Description Of and Eligibility For Department Awards
Issue Date:18 April 2018Effective Date:18 April 2018
Rescinds:04 May 2017 Version
Index Category:Department Organization
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.provides a description of Department awards.
  • B.provides eligibility requirements for receiving Department awards.
  • C.lists Department awards in order of precedence.
  • D.introduces the Honor Guard Award.
II.Department Awards
  • A.HONORED POLICE STAR—is an award of honor conferred upon the star of any deceased sworn member who met death while in the performance of duty, under circumstances that clearly demonstrate courage and dedication in the face of great danger, without regard for personal safety. This is awarded as a tribute to the member's courage and dedication. This award is approved by the Superintendent.
  • B.CARTER HARRISON/LAMBERT TREE MEDAL—is granted annually to sworn members who have performed distinguished acts of bravery in the protection of life and property. This award is approved by Human Resources Board Division, City of Chicago, and will be presented in the form of a medal, certificate, and ribbon bar.
  • C.RICHARD J. DALEY POLICE MEDAL OF HONOR—is 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 is conferred upon exempt members, state, county, or municipal officials, or citizens whose accomplishments or services have brought credit to the City of Chicago and/or the Chicago Police Department. This award is selected by the Superintendent and will be presented in the form of a medallion, ribbon bar, and plaque.
  • D.POLICE MEDAL—is presented by the Superintendent to recipients of the Superintendent's Award of Valor, the Police Blue Star Award, the Police Blue Shield Award, when, in the judgment of the Superintendent, the accomplishments or performance of the individual member was so outstanding as to justify additional recognition. This award is selected by the Superintendent and will be presented in the form of a medallion, ribbon bar, and certificate.
  • E.SUPERINTENDENT'S AWARD OF VALOR—is granted to any sworn member of the Department 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. This award is approved by the Superintendent and will be presented in the form of a medallion, ribbon bar, and certificate. This award will only be submitted by a Bureau of Detectives area commander.
  • F.100 CLUB OF CHICAGO VALOR AWARD—is granted to a sworn member who, in the opinion of the Hundred Club of Cook County, has demonstrated outstanding courage and heroism in the performance of duty. This award is selected by the 100 Club of Chicago and will be presented in the form of a medal, ribbon bar, and certificate.
  • G.SUPERINTENDENT'S AWARD OF MERIT—is granted to any Department sworn or civilian member for an outstanding accomplishment that has resulted in improved administration, improved operations, or substantial savings in manpower or operational costs, wherein the member has gone far beyond the requirements of their normal assignment. This contribution results in more effective police service or outstanding police work that has brought great credit to the Department in a case of unusual public interest. This award is approved by the Superintendent and will be presented in the form of a medallion, ribbon bar, and certificate.
  • H.POLICE BLUE STAR AWARD—is granted to any sworn 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 the wearing of 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. This award is approved by the Superintendent and will be presented in the form of a medallion, ribbon bar, and certificate. This award will only be submitted by an exempt member of the Department.
  • I.POLICE BLUE SHIELD AWARD—is granted to any sworn 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 or nonviolent incident (for example, a traffic crash or heart attack) that occurs in the direct performance of police duty. This award is approved by the Superintendent and will be presented in the form of a medallion, ribbon bar, and certificate. This award will only be submitted by an exempt member of the Department.
  • J.SUPERINTENDENT'S AWARD OF TACTICAL EXCELLENCE—an award presented to any sworn Department member 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. This award is approved by the Superintendent and will be presented in the form of a medallion, ribbon bar and certificate. This award will only be submitted by an exempt member of the Department.
  • K.THOMAS WORTHAM IV MILITARY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD—an award presented to any sworn Department member who 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, who has made significant contributions to the Chicago Police Department, and who provides a continuing community contribution (through involvement in a civic organization, school, church, etc.). This award was developed in conjunction with the Wisconsin Army National Guard who will be annually honoring a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard with the Thomas E. Wortham IV Citizen / Soldier Award. This award is approved by the Superintendent and will be presented to one Department member annually in the form of a medallion, ribbon bar, and certificate.
  • L.ARNOLD MIRELES SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP AWARD—is an award presented to any Department sworn or civilian member or citizen who has made a significant impact upon the quality of life within their community by identifying and resolving problems. This award is approved by the Superintendent and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate.
  • M.WILLIAM POWERS LEADERSHIP AWARD—is granted to an exempt member who exemplifies former Chicago Police Commander William Power’s dedication to service, visionary approach to operational excellence, and dynamic leadership in law enforcement. This award is approved by the Superintendent and will be presented to one exempt member annually in the form of a medallion, ribbon bar, and certificate.
    Guidelines for award consideration are as follows: an exempt member who performs their duties with dedicated professionalism; promotes personnel development; displays operational excellence; combats lawlessness at all levels; inspires enthusiasm in their manner of command; maintains accurate knowledge Departmentally and socially; encourages and instills high expectations in personnel under their command; and displays a sense of community awareness.
    NOTE:
    A candidate must receive a unanimous vote by all Award Committee members before a recommendation can be forwarded to the Superintendent.
  • N.ANNUAL BUREAU AWARD OF RECOGNITION—is granted annually to any sworn or civilian group or team that has displayed determination in accomplishing its mission and performed uniformly in a manner justifying collective recognition. Additionally, this superior and exemplary group or team must have demonstrated motivation, excellence, successful collaboration, and dedication to duty that positively influenced the Department and set this group/team apart from all other groups/teams within the Bureau (i.e. a combination of factors that may include quality arrests and prosecution, crime reduction, minimal complaints, solving a pattern of crimes, or accomplishing goals under adverse conditions).
    The Annual Bureau Award of Recognition will be granted to each of the following:
    • 1.Office of the Superintendent,
    • 2.Bureau of Patrol,
    • 3.Bureau of Patrol - North Area,
    • 4.Bureau of Patrol - South Area,
    • 5.Bureau of Patrol - Central Area,
    • 6.Bureau of Detectives,
    • 7.Bureau of Organized Crime,
    • 8.Bureau of Organizational Development, and
    • 9.Bureau of Technical Services.

    This award is approved by the Superintendent and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members.
  • O.SPECIAL COMMENDATION—is granted to any Department sworn and civilian member or sworn or civilian member of another governmental agency who has made a significant impact on public safety or crime prevention. This award is approved by the Awards Committee and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members.
  • P.LIFESAVING AWARD—is granted to any Department sworn or civilian member for a successful effort in saving a human life that involved exceptional courage or performance. This award is approved by the appropriate bureau chief and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members.
  • Q.POLICE OFFICER OF THE MONTH—is granted to a sworn member or each sworn member of a team whose performance of duty during a specific month was characterized by such exceptional professional skill that it merits recognition by the entire Department. This award is approved by the appropriate bureau chief and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate.
  • R.CHICAGO POLICE LEADERSHIP AWARD—is granted to any Department sworn or civilian member for exemplary service, dedication, and leadership.
    Eligibility for the award is open to any sworn Department member who:
    • 1.performs their duties with dedicated professionalism;
    • 2.strives for continued personal and professional development;
    • 3.demonstrates operational excellence;
    • 4.exhibits professional zeal in the performance of their duties;
    • 5.inspires enthusiasm in their fellow Department members;
    • 6.encourages and instills high expectations in their fellow Department members;
    • 7.maintains accurate knowledge of Department orders and directives; and
    • 8.demonstrates a sense of community awareness.

    This award is approved by the appropriate bureau chief and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members.
  • S.DEPARTMENT COMMENDATION—is granted to any Department sworn or civilian member for an outstanding act or achievement that brings great credit to the Department and involves performance above and beyond that required by the member's basic assignment. This award is approved by the appropriate bureau chief and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members.
    NOTE:
    Department Commendations are awarded to Department members only.
  • T.MILITARY SERVICE AWARD—is granted to any Department member who 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. Members with prior military service before employment with the Department are also eligible. Current members will submit their application through the CLEAR system. This award is approved by the Director, Human Resources Division, and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar with a blue star device and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members. Sworn members awarded the Military Service Award ribbon will be awarded an oak leaf device to be placed on the ribbon bar if they were deployed or activated to full military service during a time of conflict or war, with the exception of annual summer camp or training, whether involuntary or voluntary. Civilian members awarded the Military Service Award will be recognized in the text of the certificate if they were deployed or activated to full military service during a time of conflict or war, with the exception of annual summer camp or training, whether involuntary or voluntary. A separate certificate will be awarded for each subsequent military deployment not recognized in the initial certificate.
  • U.PROBLEM SOLVING AWARD—is granted to any Department sworn or civilian member or member of the community who shows an exemplary effort to identify, analyze, and successfully respond to causes, conditions, and problems that may lead to crime and neighborhood disorder. This award is approved by the appropriate bureau chief and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members.
  • V.HONORABLE MENTION RIBBON AWARD—is granted to any sworn member who has demonstrated outstanding performance and has received a minimum of 50 Honorable Mentions. This award will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar for 50–89 Honorable Mentions. A bronze leaf will be worn on the ribbon bar when a member has received 90–149 Honorable Mentions, and a silver oak leaf when a member receives 150 or more Honorable Mentions. This award is approved by the Human Resources Division. Members will submit their application through the CLEAR system.
  • W.JOINT OPERATIONS AWARD—is granted to any Department sworn and civilian members or sworn or civilian members of another governmental agency whose efforts and participation in a broad multiagency joint operation/event, spanning several days or more, significantly contributed to the overall successes of the operation. One-day operations or events are not eligible. Any exempt member participating in the operation/event may submit nominations for this award. This award is approved by the Awards Committee and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members.
  • X.UNIT MERITORIOUS PERFORMANCE AWARD—is granted to individual sworn or civilian members in the same unit who exhibited exceptional professional skill and conduct during a coordinated action. This award is approved by the Awards Committee and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members.
  • Y.TRAFFIC STOP OF THE MONTH AWARD—is granted to a sworn member who, during the performance of his or her duty during one police period, warrants recognition from the Department for excellence in conducting professional traffic stops that result in quality arrests. Only the first and/or second arresting officer(s) on the arrest report will be considered for this award. One award will be approved per police period unless otherwise deemed appropriate by the Awards Committee.
    Guidelines for award consideration are as follows:
    • 1.All arrestees must have been the driver or an occupant of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation;
    • 2.The driver of the vehicle must be cited for a traffic violation;
    • 3.The arrestee must be charged with an additional criminal offense; and
    • 4.The arrestee was NOT under investigation or prior surveillance subsequent to the arrest.
    NOTE:
    The Traffic Stop of the Month Award must be submitted within 90 days from the date of the incident to be considered by the Awards Committee.
    This award is approved by the Awards Committee and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate.
  • Z.TOP GUN ARREST AWARD—is granted to the sworn member who, in the performance of his or her duty during one police period, warrants recognition from the Department for his or her exceptional commitment to the recovery of illegal firearms. The awarded member will have the highest number of incidents during one police period which led to arrestees being charged with firearms-related offenses. Only the first and/or second arresting officer(s) on the arrest report will be considered for this award. One award will be approved per police period unless otherwise deemed appropriate by the Awards Committee.
    The guidelines for award consideration are as follows:
    • 1.The sworn member effected the highest number of on-view arrests that resulted in the arrestee being charged with a firearms-related offense.
      NOTE:
      This excludes any follow-up or investigatory arrests.
    • 2.Each arrest and firearm recovery will count as one incident.
      EXAMPLE:
      An officer has five arrest incidents in which each arrest incident yielded one recovered firearm for a total of five firearms. This would supersede another officer's total of four arrests with ten recovered firearms.
    • 3.Recovery of a firearm that results in a found weapon or a weapon-turn-in incident without an arrest for a firearms-related offense will not be considered.
    NOTE:
    The Top Gun Arrest Award must be submitted within 90 days from the date of the incident to be considered by the Awards Committee.
    This award is approved by the Awards Committee and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate.
  • AA.ATTENDANCE RECOGNITION AWARD—is granted to any Department member who, beginning 01 January 2004, for each consecutive thirty-six-calendar-month period, has not been on the medical roll, with the exception of injured on duty. This award is granted every thirty-six months. This award will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for the first issued award and a certificate only for subsequent awards.
    To be eligible for this award, a Department member must be:
    • 1.in full-duty status, and
    • 2.not have been on the medical roll for thirty-six consecutive months, beginning 01 January 2004.
  • AB.SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD—is granted to any Department sworn or civilian member whose service contributed to any event that has a significant impact upon the historical direction and operations of the Department. This award is approved by the Awards Committee and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members.
  • AC.DEPLOYMENT OPERATIONS CENTER AWARD (DISCONTINUED)—is granted to any sworn member displaying exemplary service in identifying, analyzing, or responding to causes, conditions, and problems in an area designated as a Conflict Zone. This award is approved by the Chief, Office of Crime Control Strategies. Each awarded member will be presented with a certificate of recognition.
    • 1.Upon receipt of five certificates, a ribbon bar will be awarded;
    • 2.Upon receipt of ten certificates, a ribbon bar with a silver star will be awarded;
    • 3.Upon receipt of twenty certificates, a ribbon bar with a gold star will be awarded.
    NOTE:
    The Deployment Operations Center Award has been discontinued and is no longer available for nominations. However, members awarded the Deployment Operations Center Award may continue to wear and display the award and the award will remain as part of their complimentary history.
  • AD.HONOR GUARD AWARD—is granted to any sworn Department member who serves in good standing in the Honor Guard for a minimum of five consecutive years. This award is approved by the Director, Human Resources Division. Eligible sworn members are issued a ribbon bar and certificate.
  • AE.PIPE BAND AWARD—is granted to any Department member who serves in good standing in a Department-recognized pipe band for a minimum of three consecutive years. Department recognized pipe-band organizations will submit, in writing, the names of members who are eligible to receive the award to the Director, Human Resources Division, who will approve all recommendations that meet the award criteria. This award will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members.
  • AF.CRIME REDUCTION AWARD 2009—granted to all sworn or civilian members on active duty during 2009, a year in which violent crime took dramatic drops due to the unified efforts implemented by all members of the Department. Eligible sworn members are issued a ribbon bar and certificate. Civilian members are issued a lapel pin and certificate.
  • AG.CRIME REDUCTION AWARD 2004—granted to all sworn or civilian members on active duty during 2004, a year in which violent crime took dramatic drops due to the unified efforts implemented by all members of the Department. Eligible sworn members are issued a ribbon bar and certificate. Civilian members are issued a lapel pin and certificate.
  • AH.NATO SUMMIT SERVICE AWARD—granted to all sworn and civilian members that provided service to the City of Chicago during the NATO Summit convened between 18 May 2012 and 21 May 2012. Eligible sworn members are issued a ribbon bar and certificate. Department members assigned or detailed to the Mobile Field Force, Intelligence Section, and Area Central Bicycle Patrol Unit during the NATO Summit are designated for special recognition and will have their performance recognized with a silver star attachment on the NATO Summit Service Award ribbon bar. Civilian members are issued a certificate.
  • AI.PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION DEPLOYMENT—granted to all sworn and civilian members that provided service to the City of Chicago on 04 November 2008. Eligible sworn members are issued a ribbon bar and certificate. Civilian members are issued a lapel pin and certificate.
  • AJ.DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION SERVICE AWARD—granted to all sworn or civilian members on active duty status during the Democratic National Convention held in Chicago from 26 August to 29 August 1996. This award will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members.
  • AK.RECOGNITION/OUTSIDE GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY AWARD—is granted to any sworn member who receives an award from an outside governmental agency (municipal, county, state, or federal) as a result of exceptional performance of duty and has brought credit to the Department. This award is granted if the issuing agency did not issue a ribbon bar or the ribbon bar issued by the outside agency conflicts in size, design, or color with current Department ribbon bars. This award includes acknowledgement of a Chicago City Council Resolution. This award is approved by the Director, Human Resource Division, and will be presented in the form of a ribbon bar and certificate for sworn members and a lapel pin and certificate for civilian members.
  • AL.EMBLEM OF RECOGNITION—this emblem recognizes sworn members for exemplary levels of personal achievement in uniform appearance and/or physical fitness. Probationary police officers are not eligible for this award.
    Emblems of Recognition come in the following forms:
    • 1.Appearance Bar—acknowledges an exemplary level of personal achievement in uniform appearance.
    • 2.Fitness Bar—acknowledges those sworn members who participate and successfully complete the Department-sanctioned fitness test.
  • AM.HONORABLE MENTION CERTIFICATE—granted to any Department member who has demonstrated outstanding performance above and beyond that required by the member's assignment.
  • AN.SUPERINTENDENT'S HONORABLE MENTION CERTIFICATE—granted to any Department member who has demonstrated outstanding performance in identifying, analyzing, or sharing information on crime conditions or displayed exemplary service in responding to an incident or crime conditions within a specific conflict, violence, or impact zone as determined by the Crime Control Strategies Section within the previous 28 day period. This award is approved by the Deputy Chief, Crime Control Strategies Section. Each awarded member will be presented with a certificate of recognition.
    NOTE:
    The nomination of a member to receive the Superintendent's Honorable Mention Certificate award will not preclude the member from being eligible for another Department award for the same documented incident.
  • AO.CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION—may be presented to any group or member of a civic organization, neighborhood group, or law enforcement agency other than this Department by any exempt member without approval from a higher authority.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised)
Authenticated by: KC
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
T17-133 MJC