We are often asked by police and fire departments how do I start a Commendation Bar Program? Outside of the Military there really are no guidelines or standards for starting a commendation bar program. Some municipalities have their own standards but they differ from community to community.
What steps should you take to start a program?
Step 1: View our predefined stock commendation bar programs and see if any of these meet your needs
Step 2: Think long term, our slide bar holders are ideal for implementing programs as they neatly and easily display commendation bars on your uniform, and the bars are interchangeable! Slide holders are available in two different widths; 3/8" and 5/16" so if you would like to implement slide bar holders be sure you go with commendation bars that are either 3/8" or 5/16" wide.
Step 3: View our vast array of enamel commendation bar offerings - search by size, sections, meaning, industry etc. Identify the bars you would like (remember commendation bars come in the standard enamel color of your choice)
Step 4: If you still have not found what you are looking for consider a custom commendation bar(s). We offer two options - custom engraved bars or custom die struck bars. The 2013 Boston Marathon commendation bar, to the left, is an example of a custom die struck bar, created exclusively for Star Packer, www.starpacker.com.
Below we have outlined our offerings from our basic prepackaged programs to custom commendation bars.