Shortly after the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, Chief
G. Curt Willocks ordered all uniformed officers to
wear this emblem proclaiming that "we will never
forget." This insignia is still a part of our uniform
today, and it is worn above all other medals above
the right breast pocket.
Time in Service
To recognize time in service, officers wear a "serving
since" bar under their name plate above the right
breast pocket. In addition, hash marks on the sleeve
of the class-A dress uniform each represent three
years of service with the Gulfport Police Department.
Because the Gulfport Police Department is
accredited by the Commission for Florida Law
Enforcement Accreditation, all members wear the
designating emblem on the left breast pocket flap.
Florida Police Chiefs Association
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
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, lieutenant, 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
The Chief of Police is the executive director
and commander of all police resources. The
rank is designated with insignia consisting of
two gold stars worn on the shoulder epaulet.
There are two lieutenants 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 a single gold bar worn on the shoulder epaulet.
Sergeants lead the various operational units
of the police department. Four of them supervise
patrol squads, one leads the investigative unit,
and another coordinates the policy compliance
functions of the office of the chief. The rank is
designated with insignia consisting of three
gold chevrons worn on the uniform sleeve.
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
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
Designation by the department for 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
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
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.
Tactical Unit Member
Recognition for officers currently serving as active
members on the agency's Special Enforcement Team.
Click the medal for list of award recipients
Click the medal for list of award recipients
Gulfport Police Department
A Full- Service, Accredited Law Enforcement Agency