Awarded to any sworn or ancillary member of the Department of Police or other law enforcement agency who distinguishes themselves by performing his duties in a manner that clearly exceeds what is normally required or expected or for a highly creditable police accomplishment.
The Medal of Merit is a Maltese cross medallion. The Virginia Beach City Seal is affixed to the center, is underscored with "Medal of Merit" and is crowned with laurel branches and three stars. The medal is suspended from a clasp by a white draped ribbon. Award recipients will receive the medal itself, a service ribbon commensurate with the award, and a certificate embossed with the insignia of the actual medal. The service ribbon will be white enamel enclosing a silver star. The certificate will be framed and include the recipient's name and rank, as well as the date of the award was presented and a brief description of the act which justifies the award.