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Bennington Police Department
118 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-1030
Fax: (802) 442-1067
Our Awards Program
In 2009 The Bennington Police Department developed an awards program to recognize members of the Bennington Police Department and our civilian community who distinguish themselves by their acts or conduct.
The awards program consists of awards, plaques, citations and or certificates being awarded for Heroism, Meritorious Service, Distinguished Achievement, Long and Honorable Mention, and other awards that are deemed necessary and appropriate.
All awards are worn by the officers above their badge.
Medal of Honor (Solid light blue bar):
The Medal of Honor shall be awarded for an outstanding act, clearly above and beyond the call of duty, an imminent personal hazard of life, with full knowledge of risk involved.
Heroism Citation (Solid yellow bar):
The heroism Citation will be awarded for an individual act of heroism, at imminent personal hazard of life, in combat with an armed adversary.
Gallantry Star (Solid red bar):
The Gallantry Star will be awarded for an act of distinguished bravery in the arrest of a person who is a major threat to the welfare of the community and/or the officer.
Meritorious Service (Red, white red bar):
The Meritorious Service Citation will be awarded for a highly unusual accomplishment, under adverse conditions with some degree of hazard to life and limb to the nominee, or where death or injury to a third party is prevented.
Distinguished Achievement (White and green bar):
The Distinguished Achievement Citation will be awarded for a highly creditable accomplishment, brining public acclaim to the officers, the Department, or the police profession, as a result of training, devotion to duty, education or service to the public.
Service Citation (Solid dark blue bar):
The Service Citation will be awarded for a five-year period of service with the Bennington Police Department. The plain dark blue bar is for five years service. For ten years a star is displayed. For each subsequent five years another star is added.
Police Cross (Solid purple bar):
The Purple Cross will be awarded for serious injuries received in the line of duty.
If an officer receives subsequent awards for the Medal of Honor, Heroism Citation, and the Gallantry Star, a star will be added to the commendation bar.
Citizen Service Award:
The Citizen Service Award will be awarded for personal assistance by a civilian in apprehending a criminal of in extending oneself beyond one's own safety to aid people who are in danger. It may be awarded to any citizen who assists the department in furthering our mission of protecting the community whether through community policing efforts or other means.