|Royal Ulster Constabulary Service Medal|
Original ribbon, 1982–2000
Second ribbon, 2000–2001
|Awarded for||At least 18 months of service|
|Presented by||the United Kingdom|
|Eligibility||Members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve|
|Status||No longer awarded after the RUC was replaced by the Police Service of Northern Ireland|
|Established||20 July 1982|
|First awarded||23 January 1985|
|Order of Wear|
|Next (higher)||Rhodesia Medal|
|Next (lower)||Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal|
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.
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,until the replacement of the RUC in 2001.
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