Custom Citation Bars

Custom Commendation Bars Made Easy!

Also Known as Commendation Bars Citation Bars are Lapel Pins worn on our service men and women’s uniforms.
They recognize the receiver’s bravery, their rank, position, as well as showcase their honor and courage serving our country in one capacity or another.

Usually citation bars are seen on our Military, but are also used with Law Enforcement, EMS, and with our Firefighters, which are worn by all emergency service workers.

Police Service Award Bars, Law Enforcement, EMS, Firefighter Bars

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With us by your side is super easy to customize and produce your Police Service Bars, Years of Service Pins for Police or EMS Commendation Bars. Start by requesting a price quote!

Police Commendation Bars

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Police commendation bars are a prestigious honor given to police officers who have demonstrated bravery, dedication, and outstanding service to their communities.

These award pins are presented to police officers both in recognition of past achievements and as a motivating factor for continued excellence in their work. They symbolize the highest levels of achievement that an officer can reach and are highly coveted by police officers everywhere.

Either pinned to a uniform or displayed proudly in their offices, police commendation bars serve as testament to the courage, skill, and dedication of the men and women who uphold our safety day in and day out. So if you know someone who has received one of these prized police awards, be sure to show your gratitude for all that they do!

If you are interested in learning more about them, please contact us so that we can work with you to design a citation bar specific to your agency / organization.

We have been creating Citation Bars for our Law Enforcement and Military for decades, giving us a lot of experience in design and manufacturing.

What is the “Thin Blue Line”?

The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement, originating in the United Kingdom but now prevalent in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen and to show support for the living law enforcement officers and to symbolize the relationship of law enforcement in the community as the protectors of fellow civilians from criminal elements.

It is an analogy to the term Thin Red Line.

Each stripe on the emblem represents certain respective figures: the blue center line represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public and the bottom represents the criminals.

The idea behind the graphic is that law enforcement (the blue line) is what stands between the violence and victimization by criminals and the would-be victims of crime.

Proponents of the symbol assert that the identifier is intended to show support for police.[citation needed] In the wake of controversies over police shootings, the Thin Blue Line Flag has become popular among law enforcement personnel, their families and supporters. //Source:
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Thin Blue Line Citation Bars
Police Citation Bars


It is becoming more common for cities and agencies to create custom citation bars.

Emergency Medical Technicians and First Responders have received commendation bars by working through some of our Nations Emergencies such as hurricanes, and other natural disasters.
Certified instructors in almost every field have also created award service bars to set themselves apart in position.


They started during the US Civil War and were handed out at the unit commander’s sole discretion. Since then, they have become a recognized and formal award given during rank promotions and bravery awards.

Rank Bars is another term used to describe the Citation Bar.
The Rank Bars include the number of years of service the receiver has served, along with awards given for proper firearms use, and a showing off when the receiver mastered a particular type of firearm.
There is also a very unique and special award bar that was created specifically for the heroes of September 11, at the World Trade Center.


Firefighter & EMS Commendation Bars

When firefighter commendation bars are awarded for a job well done, their placement on the uniform is a topic of great discussion among professionals in the field.

Some argue that commendation bars should be positioned above other designations on the firefighter’s uniform, such as name tag or department insignia.

Others prefer to place them below these designations, believing that it allows the fire department award pins to stand out even more.