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RIBBONS  &  MEDALS

Obsolete pin - later replaced by FTO patch
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Worn by what are now called Field Training Officers

 Above -

The Patrol Specialist star was the predecessor of the  FTO shoulder patch (pictured on page 3).  Patrol Specialists were trained in 1975 and were actually created and received investigator pay as of January 1, 1976. 

 

The initial 200 Patrol Specialist stars had a control number stamped in the back of the top arm of the star and had very thin jewelery pins. The next batch had no control number and had standard thickness ( like the CPD star ) pins.

Below -

Almost all CPD ribbons are military ribbons. Check a service ribbon chart and you will find them. The Honorable Mention ribbon is the Multinational Observer Force Ribbon and the 2004 Crime Reduction Ribbon is the Army Commendation Ribbon.  The CPD ribbons have a gold frame around them.

 

Chicago Police Department award ribbons
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This is from 2006 - there are more ribbons now

Award ribbons -
 
Top row - Lambert Tree Award for Bravery
2nd row - Police medal, Award of Valor
3rd row - 100 Club, Superintendent's Award of Merit, Police Blue Star
4th row - Police Blue Shield, Arnold Mireles Special Partnership, Special Commendation
5th row - Lifesaving, Officer of the Month, Department Commendation
6th row - Military Deployment, Problem Solving, Honorable Mention
7th row - Joint Operations, Unit Meritorious, CAPS
Bottom - 1996 Democratic National Convention, Crime Reduction, Outside Recognition
 
These ribbons are arranged from top to bottom in their order of importance.
 
Lambert Tree was a circuit judge in the late 1800s who, along with Mayor Carter Harrison, established a fund for awards to police officers and firefighters.  The awards were established by city ordinance on November 9, 1885.  The Lambert Tree/Carter Harrison awards are the highest honors that can be awarded to Chicago police officers and firefighters by the departments.  Note that the Lambert Tree item shown above is a metal bar instead of a cloth ribbon. 
 
The Police Medal is an award presented by the Superintendent to recipients of the Award of Valor, Award of Merit, the Blue Star Award or the Police Blue Shield when, in the Superintendent's judgment, the accomplishments or performance of the individual member was so outstanding as to justify additional recognition.
 
The Award of Valor (pictured below) is granted to any member for an act of outstanding bravery and heroism by which the recipient has demonstrated in great degree the characteristics of selflessness, personal courage and devotion to duty.
 
The Blue Star (pictured below) is an award granted to an officer who has been seriously, critically, or fatally injured while in direct performance of police duty.  It may also be conferred if the injury was averted by the wearing of body armor.
 
The Blue Shield award is granted to a sworn member who, as a result of accidental cause, has been seriously, critically or fatally injured while in the performance of police duty.
 
The Hundred Club Valor Award was established in 1980 by the Hundred Club of Cook County and may be given to police officers and firefighters within Cook County.  It is the only civilian medal authorized for use on the uniform.
 
The Superintendent's Award of Merit is granted for an outstanding accomplishment which has resulted in improved administration, improved operation or substantial savings in manpower or operation costs.
 
The Arnold Mireles award is for officers and others whose actions have improved the quality of life in their communities.  Mr. Mireles was a 35-year-old community activist who was murdered because of his efforts in December 1997.
 
The Special Commendation is given to officers who have significantly improved public safety and crime prevention.
 
The Military Deployment ribbon was first awarded to 88 officers on May 25, 2005.
 
CAPS refers to Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy.
 
There is also the Richard J. Daley Medal of Honor which is an award presented by the Superintendent in memory of Mayor Richard J. Daley's outstanding service and dedication to the citizens of Chicago.  This award is presented to an individual whose accomplishments or contributed services have brought credit to the City of Chicago and/or the Chicago Police Department. 
 
There are other ribbons not yet pictured above; these are pictured below.  These next 7 pictures are from ChicagoCop.com, a web site more fully explained below; used here by permission.
 
Note that I still need the actual medals described here.

William Powers Leadership
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I still need this ribbon

Attendance Recognition
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I still need this ribbon

Traffic Stop of the Month
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I still need this ribbon

Top Gun
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I still need this ribbon

FOP Distinguished Service
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I still need this ribbon

Deployment Operations Center
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I still need this ribbon

Crisis Intervention Team bar
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I still need this item

Lambert Tree medal - front view
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I still need this item

Lambert Tree medal - rear view
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Medal of Valor from the 1970s
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I still need this Medal of Valor

Closeup - Valor Award
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from the 1970s
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I still need this Blue Star Award medal


The medals pictured below, and pictures of the rank insignia way below, are taken from ChicagoCop.com, an unofficial resource site which has details on award ribbons, rank insignia, etc.   Pictures of these medals and rank insignia courtesy of Chicago Cop.com; used here by permission.

 

Click HERE to go to that web site.

Police Blue Shield
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I still need this medal

Police Medal
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I still need this medal

Hundred Club
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I still need this medal

Merit Award
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I still need this medal

William Powers Leadership Award
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I still need this medal

Richard J. Daley Award
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I still need this item; closeups are below

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Chicago Police Field Day medal from 1925
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This was some kind of athletic event - nice 6-point star

Closeup of the above medal
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The back says, Presented by P.B.A., made by Spies Bros. Chicago

Spirit of Chicago award ribbon
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Awarded for things such as working the Chicago Transit Authority detail

Recognition medal
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The current Fitness & Appearance hangers do not indicate the year

Unusual white version - made white by mistake
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Never used - wrong color was made; some were kept such as this one

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