Meritorious Service Medal introduced for Police (with photo)

Meritorious Service Medal introduced for Police (with photo)

Reverse of the new Police Meritorious Service Medal
National News

Police Commissioner Peter Marshall today welcomed the announcement from the Ministers of Police and Defence that Royal approval has been given for a Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) to be introduced.

“The MSM is the culmination of extensive research and consultation within Police, Defence and at Government level.  It’s a wonderful new Medal that as Commissioner I can award to staff who are providing an outstanding service and achievement to New Zealand Police and the communities in which they work.”

Commissioner Marshall expects to present the first Police recipients within six months.

“This is a prestigious new medal which fills a gap between existing internal Awards and higher Royal Honours including New Zealand Bravery Awards.

“There is no set number of New Zealand Police Meritorious Service Medals to be awarded each year, but the numbers won’t be high to reflect the special value they hold within Police.  This Medal is an award to aspire to – and may be awarded to any Police employee irrespective of their rank or role or powers.

The silver medal features the profile of the Queen on the obverse, and the New Zealand Police crest on the reverse.  The ribbon has two crimson stripes the same as the New Zealand Police Long Service and Good Conduct ribbon, a Prussian Blue stripe which is a traditional Police colour – and four yellow gold stripes signifying excellence.

Photo is attached.  Credit:  Wellington Police Forensic Photography.

 

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Issued by:

Kaye Calder, Police Public Affairs, tel 04 460 2986;  mobile: 027 241 6305