I can confirm that the Home Office has secured agreement for eligibility for the Police exemplary service medal to be reduced from 22 to 20 years service, in line with other emergency services. We are grateful for the work of the Police Federation of England and Wales in drawing the matter to our attention. The medal provides recognition of the commitment and dedication shown by police officers and we are pleased to be able to announce the change. An amendment to the Royal Warrant was signed on 19 January 2010 and eligibility is with effect from that date. Please note that we cannot implement this change until the amended Royal Warrant has been gazetted in the London Gazette. Once this has been done, all Police Forces will be informed immediately.