Medals

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The Government of India have Instituted the following Medals:
  1. The President’s Police and Fire Services Medals for gallantry or distinguished service

  2. Police Medals for gallantry or meritorious service.

  3. Prime Minister’s Medal for life-saving.

  4. Police (Special Duty) Medal.

The President’s Police and Fire Services Medal and the Police Medal will be awarded to the members of the Police Forces and organized Fire Services in consideration of gallantry or meritorious services and outstanding devotion to duty.  While the medals, either the President’s Police Fire Services Medal or the Police Medal, for gallantry are awarded for particular acts of gallantry, the President’s Police and Fire Services Medal for distinguished service will be awarded for exceptional skill or conspicuous devotion to duty and the Police Medal for conspicuous merit.

Normally no recommendation should be made for the award of President’s Police Medal for distinguished Service unless the officer has completed 20 years of service and a period of 6 years has elapsed since the award of Police Medal for meritorious service.  Similarly, no recommendation should be made for the award of Police Medal for meritorious service unless the officer has completed 15 years of service.   There may,  however,  be very exceptional cases where it should be proper to award these medals although the conditions in respect of length of distinguished or meritorious services and the period which should lapse since the previous award, are not fulfilled.  In such cases the conditions may be relaxed at the discretion of the Government of India.  Such recommendations should be sent separately from the normal provision and they should be accompanied by a statement of reasons which would justify the waiving of the normal requirements.  It should, however, be borne in mind that recommendations under these special provisions are to be made only under very exceptional circumstances.

The criterion mentioned in order 361 does not apply to the recommendation for gallantry award.

It would be incongruous to award a lower medal like Police Medal for meritorious service where an officer has already been given medal for distinguished service like President's Police Medal. But there could be no objection for the award of a lower gallantry medal, e.g., Police Medal for gallantry notwithstanding the fact that the officer holds a higher gallantry medal.

Recommendations for the award of medals for gallantry should be marked secret and submitted to the Director General and Inspector-General of Police through the Range Inspector General/ or Commissioner, as the case may be, immediately after the performance of the act which occasions the recommendations.  These will be considered by the Government of India, as and when they are received.

In other cases, the awards will be made twice a year on the occasion of the Republic Day (26th January) and the Independence Day (15th August).  Recommendations   for   the awards,  which  are   due   with    the Government of India by the 26th October and 15th May, should be marked secret and submitted through the Range Inspector general or the Commissioner, as the case may be, so as to reach the Director General and Inspector-General of Police by the 10th September and the 1st April, respectively, each year.  Full names of the individuals recommended, their rank, the number of years of their service in the police and full details of their previous good work and of the particular act or acts for which the grant of the medal is recommended, with dates of incidents referred to, should be given.  A list of good service entries and rewards carried by each person should accompany the recommendations.  The citation should be comprehensive without being unduly long.  The citation for the President's Police Medal for distinguished service should clearly indicate whether the officer has already been awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service.

A certificate in the following form should be furnished in respect of each recommendation :

Certificate
Certified that the integrity of Shri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .recommended for the award of the President’s Police and Fire Services Medal/Police Medal for gallantry/Distinguished/Meritorious service is above suspicion and that he has neither incurred censure nor was concerned in proceedings that were censured in a court of law.  It is further certified that  in respect of the conduct of the nominee underlying the present recommendation, no judicial proceedings are pending.

No recommendation for award of medal for distinguished or meritorious service should be sent, where an officer has been awarded a punishment.  However, in cases where an officer has been censured or awarded minor punishment outside a court of law for minor shortcomings, a statement should be furnished showing the nature of punishment and the circumstances in which the officer was punished indicating the reasons which justify the officer  being considered specially for the award.

The rules and orders governing the grant of the two medals mentioned in Order 360 and of allowances attached to the medals for gallantry issued by the Secretary to the President of India, are reproduced in Appendix - XIV.

While forwarding nominations for the award of the President’s Police and Fire Services Medal for distinguished services and the award of the President’s Police and Fire Services Medal and Police Medal for gallantry, copies of photographs of the officer who is considered for such award should be sent.  The photographs of the nominees should be secured without divulging the recommendations of their names for the award of the medals

While sending the recommendations for gallantry, in addition to the citation, the following information/document should be furnished:-

  1. A copy of the first information report or the report made to the Director General or the State Government about the incident.

  2. Details about the composition of the Police Party and in case the party has been divided into groups, the number of Policemen included in each group should be mentioned.  The details of arms carried by the Police party should be mentioned.

  3. The details of the injuries, if received, by the Police personnel should be furnished.

  4. Details of the injuries, if received, by the criminals and in case the criminal was killed in the incident a copy of the postmortem report should be furnished.

  5. If any magisterial inquiry and/or departmental inquiry was conducted into the matter, a copy of the inquiry report should also be furnished.

Publicity of the Award of the President's Police and Fire Services Medal and Police Medal.
The award of the President’s Police and Fire Services Medal for distinguished service and gallantry and the award of the Police Medal for gallantry are ordinarily given pictorial publicity.

Citations of only gallantry awards and distinguished service will be read out at the time of the presentation of the medals to the recipients, in an investiture parade.

The Master of Mint, Government of India, sends the respective medals to the State Government who, in turn, sends them to the Director General and Inspector-General of Police for safe custody and presentation to the awardees during the investiture parade arranged for the purpose.

Whenever departmental or criminal proceedings are pending against the awardees of the medal, their names should be promptly reported to the Director General and Inspector-General of Police, so that the presentation of the medals could be withheld till the proceedings are over.

The President’s Police Medal and the Police Medal are liable to be forfeited when the holder is guilty of disloyalty, cowardice in action or such conduct as in the opinion of the President brings the force into disrepute.

The Prime Minister's Medal for Life-Saving
The Prime Minister’s Medal for Life-Saving will be awarded in cases where exemplary devotion to duty is shown by a Police officer in saving human life.

A copy of the rules for the award of  the medal is given in Part II of Appendix - XV.

Recommendations for the award of the medal should be marked secret and submitted to the Director General and Inspector-General of Police through the IGP/Deputy Inspector-General or Commissioner, as the case may be, soon after the event takes place, with full facts of the case.  The announcement and the presentation of the award will be made by the Government of India during the All-India Police Duty Meet.

The Police (Special Duty) Medal
The Police (Special Duty) Medal will be awarded to the members of the Police Forces in recognition of their services under condition of particular hardship and severe climate.

A copy of the rules for the award of the medal together with a copy of Government of India Notification No. 24/24/60/Police I dated 26-9-1963 is given in Appendix  - XVI.

Recommendation for the award of this medal should be sent as soon as officers become eligible for the award through proper channel.

If an officer recommended for the award of any of the medals dies before the award is actually announced, necessary intimation should be given to the Director General and  Inspector-General of Police, immediately.

In the case of officers on deputation, the borrowing authority will consult the lending authority before recommending a medal and vice-versa.

The Order and Manner of Wearing Decorations and Medals
The order of precedence of wearing the various medals and decorations is indicated in Appendix- XVII.

When medals and decorations are worn on the breast, the ribbon will be one inch in length, unless the possession of clasp necessitates its being longer.  The uppermost clasp will be one inch from the top of the ribbon.  When two or more medals and decorations are worn, they will be so arranged that the lower edges are in line.  The length of all ribbons will be regulated by that of the decoration or medal which, including clasps, is the longest, subject to the condition that the total length of the ribbon and the decoration or medal together should be 3  “These instructions apply equally to miniature medals and decorations but their length including ribbon should be 2”.

The bar from which badges of orders, decorations or medals are suspended will be placed immediately above the left breast pocket of jackets with an open  collar, and the centre of the bar midway between the first and the second buttons of jackets fitted with a stand-up collar.

When the decorations and medals cannot, on account of their number, be suspended from the bar so as to be fully seen, they are to overlap.  The medals are to be worn so as to show the State Emblem.

All losses of medals should be reported by the recipients to the Director-General through proper channel.  They will be replaced on payment of the cost by the recipient subject to the orders of the Government after due enquiry.

In order that the good work done by the recipients of the Police Medals should not be lost sight of and should serve as an incentive to young officers, a board should be maintained in the District Police Offices, Unit Offices and District Armed Reserves on which the names of officers and men, who have been awarded the medals instituted by the Government of India, should be written as shown in Appendix - XVIII.

Chief Minister's Medal
The Government of Karnataka have instituted Chief Minister’s Medal for Police Personnel (Chief Minister’s Medal Rules 1982) amended on 21.07.2011 . Normally Police Officers of and below the rank of Superintendents of Police are eligible for the award of these medals. [Appendix- XIX]

a. The Medal shall be in one form - (a) Gold Medal.

b. The Gold Medal is awarded for outstanding performance, exemplary service and  good work.

c. The Gold Medal shall carry a cash award of Rs.5,000/-  vide GO No.OE 213 PSE 2006 dtd. 21.07.2011.

d. The names of  those to whom the Chief Minister’s Medal is awarded shall be published in the Karnataka Government Gazette and also in the Police gazette of the next issue after presentation.  A Register of such names shall be kept in the Home Dept. and in the Office of the Director General  of Police.

e. The number of Medals to be awarded each year shall be decided by the Director General and Inspector General of Police keeping in mind the Citations received, but shall not exceed 75 Gold Medals.

f. The Medals  shall be awarded for exceptional skill or conspicuous devotion to duty or extraordinary service in dealing with serious or widespread outbreaks of crime or public order or out-standing investigation of complicated cases or organizing bandobust arrangement of a higher order, or exceptional excellence in sports at the National or State Level or for any other act of conspicuous bravery and courage or other out-standing police work not specified here.

g. Every year the Superintendents of Police  and Commandants of K.S.R.P., other Unit Officers and Commissioners of Police shall send recommendations to the Office of the Director General and Inspector General of Police by the 30th June.  On receipt of the recommendation in the office of the Director General of Police, the Dy. Inspector General of Police, Head-Quarters will arrange the recommendations Unit-Wise and place before the Committee consisting of Director General of Police as Chairman.  The committee shall scrutinize the recommendations and forward their recommendations to the Home Secretary by 31st July.

h. The award shall be announced by the Government of Karnataka on 15th October every year.
The investiture of the Medal shall be held on the Karnataka Police Officers Welfare Day, i.e., 2nd April every year at Bangalore.

i. A member of the Police Force is not rewarded more than once by the State Government for one an the same performance.  However, in the course of his long service, it is possible that a Police Officer displays his extraordinary ability in detecting more than one sensational case, which may be worthy of recognition.  In such cases, it may be necessary to award the medal, but there shall be a time gap of five years to award another medal.  The lower medals should not be awarded to any recipient i.e., an Officer who has once been awarded Gold Medal, should not be awarded either Silver Medal or Bronze Medal and similarly, one who has been awarded Silver Medal should not be awarded Bronze Medal.  There should be no objection for awarding medal on more than one occasion of the same or higher class.

j. No  recommendation for the award of a Medal shall be sent where an Officer has been awarded a major punishment under the Karnataka State Police (Disciplinary Proceedings) Rules, 1965 and Karnataka Police Act or has at any time incurred any censure of a Court or has been concerned in proceedings that have been censured by a Court of Law.  A certificate in the following forms shall be furnished in respect of each recommendation by the Unit Officers and in the case of a Superintendent of Police by the Deputy Inspector General of Police concerned.

Certificate
Certified that the integrity of Shri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . . ... . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . .  .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . recommended for the award of the Karnataka Chief Minister's Medal, is above suspicion and that he was not concerned in any proceedings that were censured in a Court of Law.  It is further certified that in respect of the Conduct of the nominee underlying the present recommendation no judicial proceedings are pending.

(k)   The Chief Minister’s Medal shall not be worn by any Police Officer. 
(l)   It shall be competent for the Government of Karnataka to cancel and annul the award of the above Medal to any person and thereafter his name in the register shall be removed.  
(m)   Every person to whom the said Medal is awarded shall, before receiving the same, enter into an agreement to return the Medal, if his name is removed from the register. The agreement should be in the following proforma: 

Agreement

I ...................................................................................................to whom the Karnataka Chief Minister's Medal is awarded, declare that I have read over and understood the conditions attached to the Medal.  I hereby undertake to return the Medal, my name at any time be removed from the register of awardees, when called upon to do so, in accordance with the provisions of the Chief Minister's Medal Rules. 
(Signed) 
Dated at...................the .....................................day of..................20 ................. 
Witnessed by :

(n)  It shall however be competent for the Government to restore any Medal, which may have been forfeited.


Chief Minister Medal Government Order
 

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