Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

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Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (LSGC).jpg Medal for Exemplary Police Service, reverse.png
Obverse and reverse of the medal
TypeLong service medal
Awarded for20 years of service
Presented bythe United Kingdom
EligibilityFull-time police officers
StatusCurrently awarded
Established14 June 1951 [1]
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Ribbon bar of the medal
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Indian Meritorious Service Medal (British Indian Army) [2]
Next (lower) Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal [2]

The Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal is a decoration for police officers of the United Kingdom. First instituted in 1951, the medal is presented for twenty aggregate years of service in the police services of the United Kingdom.

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Criteria

The Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was instituted under Royal Warrant by King George VI in June 1951 and is awarded as a mark of the Sovereign's appreciation of long and meritorious service rendered by members of the Police Forces of the United Kingdom. [3] For an officer to become eligible for this award the Chief Constable must make a recommendation to the Home Secretary, and in doing so, is required to certify the following:

  1. That an officer has been a serving member of a Police Force.
  2. That the officer has served efficiently for the qualifying period.
  3. That the officer's character has been very good.

Commonwealth

In 1956 eligibility was extended to police officers serving in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Nauru. [4] In 1976 Australia replaced the award with the National Medal and, in 2010, with the National Police Service Medal. [5]

Length of service

The initial award criteria was 22 years' service as a full-time regular police officer within any Constabulary. [3] Later, Long Service and Good Conduct Medals were introduced for the Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service, both awarded for 20 years’ service. [6] A national campaign to award the police medal after 20 years, and so bring it in line with the other emergency services, was started by Warwickshire Police Officer Kenneth Fowler, supported by Chief Officers, the Police Federations and Members of Parliament. [7] [4] On 19 January 2010, Queen Elizabeth II amended the medal's royal warrant to make the qualifying period of service 20 years. [1]

Appearance

The medal is circular, 1.4 inches (36 mm) in diameter and initially issued in cupro-nickel, with modern strikings being rhodium plated. It has the following design: [4]

Obverse variations

The medal has been awarded with one of three obverse designs: [4]

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References

  1. 1 2 "No. 59482". The London Gazette . 7 July 2010. p. 12881.
  2. 1 2 "No. 56878". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 March 2003. p. 3353.
  3. 1 2 Captain H. Taprell Dorling. Ribbons and Medals. pp. 118–119. Published A.H.Baldwin & Sons, London. 1956.
  4. 1 2 3 4 John W. Mussell, editor. Medal Yearbook 2015. p. 256. Published Token Publishing Limited, Honiton, Devon. 2015.
  5. National Police Service Medal, It's an Honour – Australian Government Website
  6. John W. Mussell, editor. Medal Yearbook 2015. pp. 252 and 266. Published Token Publishing Limited, Honiton, Devon. 2015.
  7. "Warwick policeman's campaign taken to Parliament". Leamington Courier. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  8. D. W. Collett, editor. Medal Year Book 1981. p. 197. Published by Medals Yearbook, London E4.