Long Service Medals

House of Lords written question – answered on 4 February 2009.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government why long service medals are awarded by the police service after 22 years and the fire, ambulance and prison services after 20 years; and what steps are being taken to bring parity to the awards between the services.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

The 22-year qualification criteria for the police long-service and good conduct medal was decided after lengthy consultation with police partners and was introduced prior to the other UK civilian emergency service medals.

The issue of reducing the qualifying period is the subject of an ongoing review, and the Home Office will lead a consultation exercise.

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