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Police: Medals

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the Police Long Service Medal requires longer qualification service than other equivalent long service medals awarded to military or civilian personnel. (243934)

The Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (PLS and GCM) was the first UK civilian emergency service long service medal introduced (Fire 1954, Ambulance 1996 and Prisons 2008) and therefore, when it was instituted, the qualification period was not at variance with any other existing civilian emergency service long service medal. It should be noted that the award criteria vary for all these medals, with some not including a good conduct element and others requiring that a considerable period of front-line duty is served, in order to qualify. Military long service medals relate to different service criteria and work patterns to civilian medals and therefore any comparisons to civilian equivalents would be inappropriate.