Medal of Valor of the Israel Police

Hebrew name: Itur Hagvura

The Medal of Valor is
awarded for an act of supreme heroism in the line of duty, at the risk of life. This decoration can only be awarded by the Minister of Internal Security.

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 with straight arms and the police emblem between two olive branches. The ribbon is red and blue. The medals were first minted by Kretschmer of Jerusalem and issued by the Israel Government Coins and Medals Corporation, in 1974. Some of the medals bear silver marks 925.

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 x 14 mm. Silver mark 925 on the lower right corner.

Ribbon width 40 mm.



Modern version

Medal: nickel

Clasp: Dimensions 41.5 x 15 mm, chrome covered metal

Ribbon width 40 mm.



At some stage, the design of the medal was changed, as can be seen in the picture below.
The police symbol was enlarged and the arms of the candelabra have a uniform depth.

Original Design Later design