Baltimore City Police Awards
Click on each of the following awards to be taken to a page that describes each award

Commendation Ribbons: 

Wear the following awards in lines centered over and approximately 1/4" above the badge:

Medal of Honor
Silver Star 
Bronze Star
  Life Saving Award 
Distinguished Service

Devider color with motto 

Display the following awards, two to a line, with the highest award being to the right (inboard) or above awards of lesser distinction.

When the number of ribbons constitutes an odd number, wear the highest award above the awards of lesser distinction.  If the Legion of Merit is displayed, it shall be centered above all other awards, subordinate to the Medal of Honor.  If the Medal of Honor is displayed, it shall be worn centered over the badge and above all other awards.

Wear the following awards in a line centered over and approximately 1/4" above the name plate:

Citation of Valor
Unit Citation

The Special Commendation of 1968

The Special Commendation of Eastern District Initiative

The Special Commendation of 2000 
Safe Driving  
5 year
10 year
15 year
20 year

Display these awards, two to a line, with the highest award being worn to the left (inboard) or above awards of lesser distinction.

Wear two color ribbons with the orange or gold portion inboard to the black or blue portion of the ribbon.  Awards with the gold star are worn with the point of the star up.

Wear awards or commendations from other agencies and/or the military only with the prior approval of the Police Commissioner.  Awards of this nature will be worn above the badge subordinate to any departmental awards, but in the same manner as departmental awards.  Awards from other law enforcement agencies shall be warn above military awards or commendations.

Information provided on this page gives the location and spacing of decorations that are worn on The Officers Uniforms.

Assignment Pins:

Long Sleeve Shirt - Pins are to be worn parallel to the bottom of collar, centered between the top and bottom of collar, 1" from the front of collar.


Short Sleeve Shirts - Pins are to worn centered across the point of the collar.

Maryland State Pins:


Class A Dress Blouse - Pins are to be worn pointing down on the upper portion of the birds mouth on the lapel.                


Winter Coat - Pins are to be worn pointing down, centered on the collar 1" from the bottom.


Refer to General Order's

Q-12 and O-4

 Devider color with motto 

Please contact Det. Ret. Kenny Driscoll if you have any pictures of you or your family members and wish them remembered here on this tribute site to Honor the fine men and women who have served with Honor and Distinction at the Baltimore Police Department.

Anyone with information, photographs, memorabilia, or other "Baltimore City Police" items can contact Ret. Det. Kenny Driscoll at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. follow us on Twitter @BaltoPoliceHist or like us on Facebook or mail pics to 8138 Dundalk Ave. Baltimore Md. 21222

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#2 patty 2016-09-08 03:48
Quoting Pamela Graham:
I am looking at a City of Baltimore 1797 lapel pin with CD inside a triangle or pyramid. Can you help me. I was wondering if this was the emblem in 1797 and if the CD stood for Central District. If the date is the actual award date on he pin. You can see a picture of the pin if you do a google search on CD City of Baltimore 1797.

Its from the 1940's at the earliest, the CD is for Civil Defense Quoting Skip Beyer:
Prior to being renamed "silver star" the commendation was called the "Special Commendation." I don't know if they still do it, but the Department was selling an actual medal with neck ribbon for the various commendations. I have 3; one for a Special, one for a Silver Star and one for a bronze star. On the reverse they have date of the award. Also, you might want to consider adding the requirements for each award. I enjoy the site. Excellent work.

Thanks clicking on each medal will take you to a page that has the description for said award. Drops and neck ribbons are currently only available for MoH, CoV and one for the Distinguished Service Thank you for your post
Pam 10-916-7727.
#1 patty 2015-05-16 05:54
If you have pictures, Comments, Suggestions etc. please send them to me at the email address above, as you can see Ken and I have put much of our time and money into this project, so we don't mind errors pointed out to us, just as Ken's partner used to say, "Keep it Friendly!" send Ken or me and email.. thanks - Patty

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