Departmental Awards are one way of recognizing outstanding, exceptional, or extraordinary acts by members of the Ripon Police Department. Awards earned by members no longer employed by the department will remain listed for posterity. Several members, as noted below, have been given awards posthumously.
|Purple Heart Citation
|The Purple Heart Medal is awarded to Ripon Police Department employees who sustained serious injury in the line of duty. Employees must have been actively engaged in a police activity at the time of the injury and it must be a sufficient gravity to require professional medical treatment. This award is intended to recognize employees who are injured as a result of felonious assaults or injuries resulting from shootings, fires, explosion, etc.
|Combat Cross Citation
|The Combat Cross Medal is awarded to a Ripon Police Department member who, acting intelligently and in the line of duty, performs an act which upholds the high standards of the law enforcement profession while engaged in personal combat with an armed adversary.
|The Lifesaving Medal is awarded to a Ripon Police Department member in appreciation for prompt and unselfish act of rendering aid and assistance to another human being that resulted in saving a life.
|Unit Commendation Citation
|The Unit Commendation Citation ribbon/bar is awarded to two or more members who perform an act or a series of acts over a period of time which demonstrate a high degree of teamwork and professionalism and which result in the attainment of departmental goals, thus increasing the department’s effectiveness and efficiency. This award may be presented alone or in addition to any other award. If it results from a particular incident, only those personnel actually working at the time are eligible; if it results from a series of acts over a period of time, all personnel assigned to the unit are eligible, IE: City, County, State or National Awards.
|Military Service Citation
|The Military Service Ribbon is awarded to any member of the Ripon Police Department
who has served in any branch of the United States Military and has obtained an Honorable Discharge in the service to our country.
|The 9/11 Citation Bar is intended for the active duty personnel who were employed at the time of the event. This is a “participation” award to identify active duty law enforcement officers who were working at the time and to honor the memory of all those who were lost during the terrorist event of September 11, 2001.