Awards and Insignia
The police badge represents many things. Early knights carried shields with emblems respective of their dedication to service of their kingdoms. The shield became a symbol of their primary mission--to protect the innocent. Today, that tradition carries on, although in a more manageable package.
Those who wear the badge of the Gulfport Police Department have proven through a highly-selective screening process that they deserve the honor associated with such a symbol. The men and women working in our community take great pride in this badge and all that it represents.
The overall shape remains that of a shield, but it bears a wreath representative of compassion and an eagle indicating strength and courage. The seal of the State of Florida sits amidst the blue enameled ribbons designating the wearer as a police officer, detective, sergeant, commander, or chief. The badge and all other insignia for police officers and detectives is silver. Once promoted to the rank of sergeant, the badge and insignia are colored gold.
The Chief of Police is the executive director and commander of all police resources. The rank is designated with insignia consisting of three gold stars worn on the shoulder epaulet.
There are two commanders who report directly to the chief of police. One is the operations commander, and the other is the commander of professional standards. Either may be called upon to serve in the absence of the chief of police.The rank is designated with insignia consisting of two gold bars worn on the shoulder epaulet.
Sergeants lead the various operational units of the police department. Four of them supervise patrol squads, and one leads the investigative unit. The rank is designated with insignia consisting of three gold chevrons worn on the uniform sleeve.
Master Police Officer
Sworn members below the rank of sergeant may be recognized as Master Police Officer upon completion of five years of service for the Gulfport Police Department, no recent disciplinary actions, and above standard performance evaluations.
Awards (Listed in Order of Honor)
Congressional Badge of Bravery
Awarded by the U.S. Attorney General to a federal, state, local, or tribal law enforcement officer nominated by his or her agency head, who:
-Sustained a physical injury while
-Engaged in lawful duties,
-Performing an act characterized as bravery which put the individual at personal risk when the injury occurred; or
-While not injured, performed an act characterized as bravery that placed the individual at risk of serious physical injury or death.
Medal of Valor (click for a list of recipients)
Recognition by the department for an act or series of acts of bravery or valor in the face of extreme personal danger in the performance of duty.
Officer/Employee of the Year (click for a list of recipients)
Designation by the department to a single individual for significant contributions to the mission of the department during the past year.
Recognition by the department for an act which is determined to have significantly contributed to saving the life of another.
Recognition by the department for incurring bodily injury as a result of a hostile act by an offender. To qualify for this award, the member must be acting in the lawful performance of his or her duty, and the injury should be serious enough to warrant medical treatment.
Meritorious Service Award
Recognition by the department for a series of acts or continuous service that exemplifies outstanding performance of one's duty. This is differentiated from a Commendation in that this award recognizes longer-term projects consisting of individual acts that may not rise to the level of a commendation, but exemplify outstanding performance when taken as a whole.
Community Service Award
Recognition by the department for outstanding effort on the part of an employee for community service in the City of Gulfport, such as repeated interaction with citizen's or neighborhood groups to solve problems, working with youth, the disabled, or the elderly to improve the quality of life.
Recognition by the department for an act that exemplifies outstanding performance of one’s duty.
Safe Driving Award
Recognition by the Department for 3, 5 and 10 years of driving without the occurrence of a
preventable motor vehicle crash.
Recognition for earning a master's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.
Recognition for earning a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. Even though it is not required for selection, over one third of our officers have earned this achievement.
Recognition for members who are currently assigned to a reserve or National Guard component of one of the armed forces, or those who have been honorably discharged from one of the armed services after completion of at least two years of service.
FBI National Academy
Recognition for members who have graduated from the FBI National Academy
Law Enforcement Instructor
Recognition for members who have been certified by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission to instruct general law enforcement
subjects at a certified training center.
Recognition of certification for traffic homicide, breath test operator, accreditation management,
crime prevention practitioner, or selected investigation certification such as homicide, sex
offenses, etc. as determined by the chief of police.
Field Training Officer
Recognition for members currently serving as field training officers or field training supervisors. These personnel are responsible for the initial training of new recruits.
Marine Patrol Officer
Recognition for officers currently certified and actively involved in marine patrol.
School Resource Officer
Recognition for officers who have either completed a 40-hour School Resource Officer course or who are currently serving as school resource officers.
Special Enforcement Team Member
Recognition for officers currently serving as active members on the agency's Special Enforcement Team.