Medal of Distinguished Service of the Israel Police

Hebrew name: Itur HaMofet

The decoration is awarded for an act of exemplary bravery. This decoration is awarded by the Chief Commissioner of Police.

The designer of the medal was Nathan Karp. The original medal is a silver disc of 39 mm diameter and weight 25 gr., showing a stylized candelabra within which is an olive branch above the police emblem. The ribbon is blue with two thin white stripes. The medals were first minted by Kretschmer of Jerusalem in 1974 and issued by the Israel Government Coins and Medals Corporation, of silver. Later productions are of nickel

Awards to civilians
The Medal of Valor, Medal of Courage and Medal of Distinguished Service may be awarded to civilians that do not belong to the police force, for acts performed by legal use of arrest authority, by fulfilling a legal duty, in assistance to police personnel performing a legal arrest, or during serious crimes or public disaster.


Medal versions:

Early version

Medal: silver medal without silver mark but with serial number (here covered).

Clasp: Dimensions 45.2 x14 mm. Silver mark 925 on the lower right corner.

Ribbon width 40 mm.


Type 2

Medal: nickel

Clasp: Dimensions 41.5 x 15 mm, chrome covered metal

Ribbon width 40 mm.



  Type 3

Large Metal Clasp, clutch back

The certificate and medal of Zechovoy production. Source: Zechovoy Israel


The medal was awarded to the families of the policemen who died in the Carmel forest fires on December 18, 2010.
(Photo: Noam Moscowitz)


Brigadier General Roni Ochana, Border Police, twice decorated with the Police Medal of Distinguished Service

Roman Yagel, retired Police Brigadier General, wearer of the
Police Distinguished Service Medal, anti Nazi Fighters medal (both shown on left side of the picture) and several Israeli campaign ribbons, in addition to Polish and Russian WW2 decorations. Picture taken by Tal Inbar


Prison Service Commissioner Yacov Ganot, wearing enamel ribbons of the medal of Police Distinguished Service, and the campaign ribbons of the Six Day War, War of Attrition, Yom Kippur, Peace For Galilee