Commendation breast bar-medal is awarded for:
a)  Grave personal danger in the intelligent performance of duty, OR,
b)  A highly creditable unusual police accomplishment.

Note: Some criteria situations that merit the awarding of the
Commendation medal-breast bar, but not limited to:
1) An arrest involving a victim being shot or killed.
2) An  arrest involving numerous firearms and/or a very large
quantity of narcotics.
3) An arrest where the Officers life was in grave personal danger.
4) A rescue where the Officers life was in grave personal danger.

This breast bar is worn above the Officers shield and above the
Meritorious Police Duty medal-breast bar. If the Officer has multiple
awards of this medal a second bronze star would go over the light
green area and the second bronze star would go over the dark blue
area. The third award would go in the center white area.
Further awards would lead to an additional breast bar starting
again with the bronze star in the center (see photo below
right.)
Commendation
Beyond the Line of Duty
Commendation
Exceptional Merit and
Commendation, note the
higher award/star always
starts from left to right
Commendation, 3 stars
denotes 3 separate
Commendation awards