Royal Ulster Constabulary Service Medal

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Royal Ulster Constabulary Service Medal
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Original ribbon, 1982–2000
Royal Ulster Constabulary (GC) Service Medal ribbon.png
Second ribbon, 2000–2001
TypeService medal
Awarded forAt least 18 months of service
Presented bythe United Kingdom
EligibilityMembers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve
StatusNo longer awarded after the RUC was replaced by the Police Service of Northern Ireland
Established20 July 1982
First awarded23 January 1985
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Rhodesia Medal [1]
Next (lower) Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal [1]

The Royal Ulster Constabulary Service Medal was a medal created to honour the service of members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and the RUC Reserve. Established in 1982 and first awarded in 1985, the medal ceased to be awarded when the RUC was replaced by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

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Criteria

This Royal Ulster Constabulary Service Medal was awarded to all members of the RUC and RUC Reserve who completed eighteen months of service. Those individuals who died, were wounded, or disabled due to service, and did not complete the required period of service were also eligible for the medal. Service must have been from 1 January 1971, [2] until the replacement of the RUC in 2001.

Description

The medal is circular and made of silver coloured metal. The obverse bears the effigy of Elizabeth II wearing the St Edward's Crown, surrounded by the royal titles. The reverse depicts the badge of the Royal Ulster Constabulary above the words FOR SERVICE. [2] The ribbon of the medal is light green with central stripes of red, black and dark green. [3] These are representative of the colours of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. In October 2001, the ribbon edges were changed to Garter blue to reflect the award of the George Cross to the Royal Ulster Constabulary. [2]

Approximately of 40,000 RUC Service Medals were awarded. [4]

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References

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  2. 1 2 3 "Awards". The Royal Ulster Constabulary, George Cross. Police Federation for Northern Ireland. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  3. Robertson, Megan C. "United Kingdom: Royal Ulster Constabulary Service Medal". Medals of the World. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  4. Jim Galloway. The Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal. Orders and Medals Research Society Journal, March 2021, Vol 60 No 1. Page 47.