Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 9. Awards for Meritorious Service.


§ 5–901. Annual awards for meritorious service.

For the official recognition of outstanding acts in the line of duty by the members of the Police, Fire, and Corrections Departments of the District of Columbia there shall be awarded annually 1 gold medal and 1 or more silver medals, appropriately inscribed, to those members of each Department who have by outstanding or conspicuous services earned such awards.


(Mar. 4, 1929, 45 Stat. 1556, ch. 696, § 1; July 24, 1956, 70 Stat. 627, ch. 685, § 1; June 29, 1984, D.C. Law 5-94, § 2(b), 31 DCR 2549.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 4-701.

1973 Ed., § 4-701.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-632.03.

Cross References

Merit system, application to police officers and firefighters, see § 1-632.03.


§ 5–902. Committee to make awards. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Mar. 4, 1929, 45 Stat. 1556, ch. 696, § 2; June 29, 1984, D.C. Law 5-94, § 2(b), 31 DCR 2549; Apr. 29, 1998, D.C. Law 12-86, § 401(e), 45 DCR 1172.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 4-702.

1973 Ed., § 4-702.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 5–903. Preference in promotions.

When promotions are being made in the Departments, the holders of such medals shall be preferred to other members of said Departments, other things being equal.


(Mar. 4, 1929, 45 Stat. 1556, ch. 696, § 3.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 4-703.

1973 Ed., § 4-703.


§ 5–904. Appropriation authorized.

To provide for the cost of such medals there is hereby authorized to be appropriated annually such sum as the Mayor of the District of Columbia may deem necessary for the purpose.


(Mar. 4, 1929, 45 Stat. 1557, ch. 696, § 4.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 4-704.

1973 Ed., § 4-704.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.