Police Overseas Service Medal
The Police Overseas Service Medal recognises service by officers of Australian police forces with international peace-keeping organisations.
Australian police forces have been involved in overseas peace-keeping since 1964. At this time, 40 police were sent to Cyprus to help maintain peace after independence was declared.
In 1991, the overseas peace-keeping role of police officers was formally acknowledged with the introduction of the Police Overseas Service Medal.
The medal is awarded with a clasp, which details the area of service. The following clasps have been declared:
- East Timor
- Solomon Islands
- Regional Assistance Mission, Solomon Island (RAMSI).
- Territory of Papua New Guinea
- Timor Leste
The Police Overseas Service Medal was established on 25 April 1991 by Letters Patent.
How it is awarded
The Governor-General awards the medal on the recommendation of the Australian Federal Police Commissioner.
The medal is awarded with a clasp, which features the area of prescribed service. Additional awards to the same person are in the form of another clasp with the area of service inscribed.
There are no post-nominal entitlements.
More information about the Police Overseas Service Medal is available on the Australian Federal Police website.
The Police Overseas Service Medal features a globe of the world surmounted by a branch of wattle, which is Australia's national floral emblem . The rim of the medal is a chequerboard pattern, which symbolises police forces across the world.
The circular, nickel-silver medal is ensigned with the Crown of St Edward.
The back of the medal displays a Federation Star. The words 'Police Overseas Service Medal' are inscribed around the rim.
The 32 millimetre-wide ribbon consists of alternating squares of black and white in the chequerboard pattern commonly representative of police services.