The award recognizes the courage and selflessness in the line of duty; achieving high personal results in operational performance; improvement of professional skills in the prevention and solving crimes, and searching the wanted criminals; development and introduction of new methods of enhancing the effectiveness of the investigative units; performing initiative and resourcefulness active collaboration with other agencies of the Interior for the protection of public order and fight against crime.
The award is conferred solely by the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The pin badge consists of the silvery laurel wreath, which base is intertwined with ribbons. A golden double-headed eagle with an oblong broad cross of blue enamel on its chest is imposed on the wreath. Above the eagle there is a large golden imperial crown, based on the golden ribbon with the inscription “MVD”. With its tale the eagle leans on a plate with a Russian abbreviation “CKM” which stands for “Criminal Police Officer”.
Backside there is a screw for fastening the pin badge to military uniform.
Double-headed eagle with outstretched wings, holding the scepter and the orb is the emblem of the Ministry of Internal Affairs established on the basis of Russian historical coat of arms of the 19th century.
The Blue Cross is a traditional sign for law-enforcement symbolism, it stands for the departmental award For Devotion to Duty.
Golden is the color of nobility; silver – the color of purity and honesty; blue – the color of devotion to duty, the traditional color of the historic uniform of the MIA officers.
The Imperial Crown is the symbol of supreme power.
Laurel wreath – a symbol of glory and honor.