RIBBON APPURTENANCES
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Appurtenances are devices affixed to service / award ribbons. They are worn to denote additional awards, participation in a specific event, or other distinguished characteristics of the award. The following is a list of the Chicago Police Department's authorized service ribbon appurtenances.




SERVICE STARS

Service stars blue, silver, or gold in color and are in the shape of a five point star. The appurtenance measures 3/16 of an inch long and shall be positioned beginning in the center of a ribbon award and then alternating from the right then to the left of the center star.

Blue Service Star Silver Service Star Gold Service Star
Star BLUE STAR Denotes the 2nd through 4th reception of any Department award, excluding the Honorable Mention Ribbon Award and the Military Service Award in which case an oak leaf is used instead of a star. The Outside Governmental Agency Award is also excluded. A blue star also denotes the 6th through 9th reception of an award when used in combination with a silver or gold star.

In certain cases a single blue star will denote the first reception of an award. This only applies to the awards listed below:

• Police Medal,
• Superintendent's Award of Valor,
• Superintendent's Award of Merit,
• Police Blue Star Award,
• Police Blue Shield Award,
• Lifesaving Award,
• Police Officer of the Month Award,
• Chicago Police Leadership Award,
• Department Commendation,
• Problem Solving Award,
• Unit Meritorious Performance Award

Star SILVER STAR Denotes the 5th reception of any Department award, excluding the Honorable Mention Ribbon Award and the Military Service Award in which case an oak leaf is used instead of a star. The Outside Governmental Agency Award is also excluded. A silver star on the NATO Summit Service Award ribbon bar denotes special recognition for Department Members assigned or detailed to the Mobile Field Force, Intelligence Section, and the Area Central Bicycle Patrol Unit during the NATO Summit.

Star GOLD STAR Denotes the 15th reception of any Department award, excluding the Honorable Mention Ribbon Award and the Military Service Award in which case an oak leaf is used instead of a star. The Outside Governmental Agency Award is also excluded.



OAK LEAF CLUSTERS

Oak leaf clusters are bronze or silver in color and depict a twig of four oak leaves with three acorns on the stem. The appurtenance measures 5/16 of an inch long and shall be positioned in the center of the Honorable Mention Award Ribbon or the Military Service Award.

Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
Star BRONZE OAK LEAF Denotes the 90th through 149th reception of a Honorable Mention Ribbon Award. Also denotes the military service of a Department member when worn on the Military Service Award, in which case the bronze oak leaf cluster also denotes the 1st through 4th deployment within any branch of the United States Armed Services. In the case of the Military Service Award the oak leaf cluster replaces the use of a blue star. This appurtenance is exclusive to the Honorable Mention Ribbon Award and Military Service Award.

Star SILVER OAK LEAF Denotes the 150th and greater reception of a Honorable Mention Ribbon Award. Also denotes the military service of a Department member when worn on the Military Service Award, in which case the silver oak leaf cluster also denotes the 5th and greater deployment within any branch of the United States Armed Services. In the case of the Military Service Award the oak leaf cluster replaces the use of a blue star. This appurtenance is exclusive to the Honorable Mention Ribbon Award and Military Service Award.

 

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