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Would be grateful if anyone could help me identity the ribbons that this officer is wearing.

I'm no expert but it appears he's been a cop since at least 1992 and has some military service in there to, am curious to know why he doesn't have the police service ribbon or detective service ribbon despite this? Any suggestions? 




1. Navy Achievement Medal

2. Combat Action Ribbon

3. Presidential Unit Citation



6. Long Service Ribbon? 


8. National Defense Ribbon

9. Iraq Campaign Medal

10. War on Terror Medal





15. Police Star

16. Police Commission Unit Citation

17. Police Meritorious Unit Citation

18. Civil Disturbance 1992

19. Earthquake 1994

20. Democratic National Convention


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#4 Navy Unit Commendation

#5 Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (stars multiple awards)

#6 Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (star multiple award)

#7 Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal (stars multiple awards)

#11  Navy and Marine Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (stars multiple awards)

#12 Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (stars multiple awards)

#13 Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon (He served as a US Embassy Marine Security Guard)

#14 Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Silver Hourglass = 20 Years in the reserves; M = Mobilized; 2 = 2x Mobilized)


So, this LAPD officer has a lot of time in the US Marine Corps Reserve, with multiple deployments; based on the MSG Ribbon, he likely had active duty time as well.  I am not familiar with police department decorations; however, the LAPD website lists only a "Reserve Service Ribbon" for 4000 hours as a reserve officer.  I am guessing that our fellow is a reserve Marine, but a regular duty police offer; thus no police service ribbon.


I wonder if he can wear his LAPD decorations on his USMC uniform.


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11 hours ago, IrishGunner said:

Wasps, what is the source of your image?  Curious that those those service ribbons do not appear on the LAPD's own site.

Irish, based it purely on this source....................


11 hours ago, IrishGunner said:

Wasps, what is the source of your image?  Curious that those those service ribbons do not appear on the LAPD's own site.

Irish, based it purely on this source....................






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