waltergreen wrote:Yes, some police departments allow wear of earned federal service medals and decorations. That is not what I am talking about - a mid 40s to 50 year old police chief (in 2016) who served three years as an Army military policeman is not entitled under any interpretation of the applicable award regulations to wear the Air Force Combat Readiness Medal ribbon. Nor could the same individual have qualified for the post World War II Occupation Medals for either Germany of Japan or the American Defense Service medal of World War II. What I am talking about is the widespread wear of military service medals, unit citations, etc. by police officers because their department (admitted in one case in Florida) chooses to purchase military ribbons at the considerably lower price than the price of metal and enamel ribbons marketed by police uniform vendors.
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