Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S01-01-02
Proper Uniform Display and Order of Precedence of Department Awards
Issue Date:04 May 2017Effective Date:04 May 2017
Rescinds:10 June 2016 version
Index Category:Department Organization
I.Purpose
This directive determines the order of precedence and provides guidelines for the placement of Department award medals, ribbon bars, and ribbon bar attachments.
II.General Information
  • A.The Department strongly encourages all members to display their awards on their uniforms to highlight their performances and accomplishments.
  • B.Members may refer to the Education and Training Division website for pictures depicting the proper display of Department awards.
III.Uniform Display of Department Awards
  • A.Positioning of Ribbon Bars
    • 1.A single ribbon bar will be worn one-fourth inch above and centered over the nameplate.
    • 2.Multiple ribbon bars will be positioned end-to-end on the same horizontal line as the first ribbon bar.
      • a.No more than three ribbon bars will be worn in any given row.
      • b.Additional rows will be positioned one-eighth inch above the previous row.
      • c.Whenever there are fewer than three ribbon bars in any given row, they will be centered over the nameplate or previous row of ribbon bars.
    • 3.Ribbon bars will be arranged in order of precedence as delineated in Item IV of this directive.
    • 4.The ribbon bar representing the highest award will be positioned to the wearer's right with subsequent ribbon bars in order of precedence from right to left. The highest ranking award should always be in the top right corner relative to the wearer.
  • B.Positioning of Stars on Ribbon Bars
    • 1.The second, third, and fourth reception of any Department award consisting of a ribbon bar, except for the Honorable Mention Ribbon Award and the Recognition/Outside Governmental Agency Award, will be represented by a three-sixteenth inch blue star centered on the ribbon bar. A single star will be given for each reception. Multiple stars will be positioned alternating right then left from the center blue star, when applicable.
    • 2.Representation of the fifth reception and beyond will be signified by the placement of a three-sixteenth inch star centered on the ribbon bar as listed below:
      • a.Fifth reception - silver star
        NOTE:
        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.
      • b.Sixth through ninth reception – silver star and blue stars
      • c.Tenth reception – two silver stars
      • d.Eleventh through fourteenth reception – two silver stars and blue stars
      • e.Fifteenth reception – gold star
      • f.Sixteenth though nineteenth reception – gold star and blue stars
      • g.Twentieth reception – gold star and silver star.
    • 3.Representation beyond the twentieth reception of an award will be signified by the appropriate combination of gold, silver, and blue stars.
  • C.Positioning of Oak Leaves on the Honorable Mention Ribbon Award
    • 1.A minimum of 50 Honorable Mentions are needed to receive this ribbon bar. The ribbon bar is represented for 50–89 Honorable Mentions.
    • 2.Reception of 90–149 Honorable Mentions is represented by a bronze oak leaf centered on the ribbon bar.
    • 3.Reception of 150 or more Honorable Mentions is represented by a silver oak leaf centered on the ribbon bar.
  • D.Positioning of Oak Leaves on the Military Service Award
    • 1.A bronze oak leaf will be awarded for each separate military deployment up to four deployments.
    • 2.A fifth deployment will be recognized by a silver oak leaf centered on the ribbon bar.
    • 3.More than five deployments will be recognized by a combination of silver and bronze oak leaves.
  • E.Positioning of Medals
    Sworn members attired in full dress uniform who are participants at special functions, parades, etc., may elect to wear medals in lieu of ribbon bars.
    • 1.Medals will be arranged in order of precedence as delineated in Item IV of this directive. The medal representing the highest award will be positioned to the wearer's right with subsequent medals in order of precedence from right to left.
    • 2.A single medal will be worn with the top edge of the ribbon one-fourth inch below and centered under the unit designator. Not more than three medals will be worn in a row.
    • 3.A second row of medals will be positioned two inches below the horizontal line and between the medals of the first row starting at the wearer's right.
    • 4.When a third row of medals becomes necessary, the first medal in the third row will be positioned in a line directly beneath the first medal of the first row.
    • 5.Additional rows are to be positioned in a like manner, alternating the configuration from right to left.
  • F.Positioning of Department Emblem of Recognition
    • 1.Members are authorized to wear the Department Emblem of Recognition for one year beginning on 01 January and terminating on 31 December of the same calendar year.
    • 2.The Department Emblem of Recognition with Appearance and/or Fitness Bar will be worn with the bottom edge of the lowest bar positioned approximately one-eighth inch above the top edge of the wearer's name plate or ribbon bar(s).
IV.Order of Precedence of Department Awards
  • A.Carter Harrison/Lambert Tree Medal of Honor
  • B.Richard J. Daley Police Medal of Honor
  • C.Police Medal
  • D.Superintendent’s Award of Valor
  • E.100 Club of Chicago Valor Award
  • F.Superintendent’s Award of Merit
  • G.Police Blue Star Award
  • H.Police Blue Shield Award
  • I.Superintendent's Award of Tactical Excellence
  • J.Thomas Wortham IV Military and Community Service Award
  • K.Arnold Mireles Special Partnership Award
  • L.William Powers Leadership Award
  • M.Annual Bureau Award of Recognition
  • N.Special Commendation
  • O.Lifesaving Award
  • P.Police Officer of the Month Award
  • Q.Chicago Police Leadership Award
  • R.Department Commendation
  • S.Military Service Award
  • T.Problem Solving Award
  • U.Honorable Mention Ribbon Award
  • V.Joint Operations Award
  • W.Unit Meritorious Performance Award
  • X.Traffic Stop of the Month Award
  • Y.Top Gun Arrest Award
  • Z.Attendance Recognition Award
  • AA.Special Service Award
  • AB.Deployment Operations Center Award
  • AC.Honor Guard Award
  • AD.Pipe Band Award
  • AE.Crime Reduction Award - 2009
  • AF.Crime Reduction Award - 2004
  • AG.NATO Summit Service Award
  • AH.Presidential Election Deployment Award
  • AI.Democratic Convention Service Award
  • AJ.Recognition/Outside Governmental Agency Award
  • AK.Emblem of Recognition
  • AL.Appearance Bar
  • AM.Fitness Bar
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised)
Authenticated by: KC
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
T17-031 EW