Decorations of the Israel Police

Decorations are granted in accordance with the Law of Decorations of the Israel Police and Prison Service (1972). Police Regulations 05.05.12 describes the rules of awarding the decorations,  05.05.01 define the rules for wearing the decorations and ribbons. Decorations can be awarded to police personnel as well as to civilians.
 

 
Medal of Valor

Awarded for an act of supreme heroism in the line of duty, at the risk of life. This decoration can only be awarded by the Minister of Internal Security.
 

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Medal of Courage

Awarded for an act of gallantry at the risk of life and in the line of duty, revealing extraordinary courage. This decoration is awarded by the Chief Commissioner of Police.

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Medal of Distinguished Service

Awarded for an act of exemplary bravery. This decoration is awarded by the Chief Commissioner of Police.

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Service Medal

Awarded for service at the Israel Police, distinguished by outstanding contribution to the achievement of the goals of the Police, through a single outstanding act, perseverance or exemplary  dedication. This decoration is awarded by the Chief Commissioner of Police.

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Volunteers Medal

Awarded for an outstanding contribution to achievement of the goals of the Civil Guard, through a single outstanding act, perseverance or exemplary  dedication.

This decoration is awarded by the Chief Commissioner of Police. This medal was abolished on January 20, 2010.

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Multiple awards
In case somebody is entitled an additional time to the same decoration, a clasp is awarded instead of an additional medal, to be placed on the ribbon of the decoration.

Posthumous awards
Decorations can be awarded posthumously.

Award ceremonies
Once a year award ceremonies are held.

 

Rules for wearing
Besides the above ribbons, also the IDF decorations, campaign ribbons and Operational Service badge may be worn by policemen. Ribbons are worn above the left chest pocket and are placed in chronological order of the campaigns. If more than 2 or 3 ribbons are worn, the later ribbons are added above the bottom row of ribbons. Decorations are placed in the upper row. Click here for automatic arrangement of Police and Prison Service ribbons - a rackbuilder
Policemen are allowed to wear the medals of the decorations only during the Independence Day of Israel. During other occasions, only the ribbons are to be worn.

 

President's Award for Outstanding Policemen

 

 

President's Award for Outstanding Policemen

Source: www.zahal.org

 


 

 

 Police warrant officer Haim Hakani receives the award
 from the President of Israel.
Source: www.nrg.co.il

 
Picture of ©Alex Gurulev, with outstanding policeman badge

 

 

 
Inspector General's Citation

Bestowed for the first time on September 2009 to 10 Police officers and Border Guard warriors

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Samples of policemen wearing IDF campaign ribbons:

 
 
Major General Hussain Fares, commander of Israel's border police

http://www.hnn.co.il/galleries.php

 
Northern District Commander,  Major General Roni Atiya
 
Police Major General Shahar Ayalon

Beneath his IDF parachute wings, he wears the campaign ribbons of the Yom Kippur war,
 the two Lebanon wars and the police distinguished service ribbon.

Source:www.the7eye.org.il

   
Police Inspector General Haim Tavori Police Inspector General Haim Tavori, 1979


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Picture: Government Press Office, Sa'ar Ya'acov)

 

 
hief of Staff Dan Shomron and Police Inspector General David Kraus
Chief of Staff Dan Shomron and Police Inspector General David Kraus.
The latter has his ribbons plastic covered.
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Picture: Government Press Office, Sa'ar Ya'acov)
 

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