15 Jul 2008 10:01 AM
Prison Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE News Release (086/08) issued by The Government News Network on 15 July 2008

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved the introduction of a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for prison officers.

The medal will be awarded to operational prison staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on completion of 20 years of continuous commendable service. This brings operational prison staff in line with other comparable organisations such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service and the Military, as well as other prison and correctional services within the Commonwealth.

Prisons Minister David Hanson MP said:

"Operational prison officers do a difficult and dangerous job and are a credit to the society that they serve. It is right that they receive public recognition for this vital work.

"As the majority of prison staff conduct their work behind closed doors what they do often goes unseen so opportunities for them to be publicly rewarded are to be welcomed. Staff receiving the medal will have shown commitment, courage and skill in the tasks that they have carried out day to day for 20 years.

"With the awarding of this Long Service and Good Conduct Medal I hope that prison officers will see that they are valued and held in high regard by the community."

Notes to Editors:

1. The Long Service and Good Conduct Medal will be awarded to operational Prison Service grades, including Governor grades.

2. The medal will be awarded to eligible staff in Prison Services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

3. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is currently preparing the medal design and detailed eligibility criteria will be formally agreed in due course.

4. The Criminal Justice System has a range of staff recognition schemes and is currently accepting nominations for the annual Justice Awards. More information is available at http://www.cjsonline.gov.uk/justiceawards.