The award recognizes the courage and selflessness in the line of duty; achieving high personal results in operational performance, improvement of professional skills; development and introduction of new methods of enhancing the effectiveness of the investigative units; active collaboration with other agencies of the Interior for the fight against crime.
The award is conferred solely by the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, or his deputies.
The pin badge consists of the silvery laurel wreath, which base is intertwined with ribbons. Imposed on the wreath is a golden oblong Maltese cross of blue enamel with balls in the corners of the rays. On the cross there is the small emblem of Russian MIA – a round blue enamel shield on the crossed swords in scabbards, framed by a laurel wreath. In the shield there is a foot warrior spearing a dragon. Above the cross is a large silver imperial crown, based on the ribbon of the same color with the inscription “MVD”. At the basis of the cross there is a golden Pillar of Law.
Two crossed swords in sheath in the emblem of Russian MIA designate the main task of the law-enforcement bodies: to guard justice and order in the state, and to bare a sword, i.e. to use weapon, only as a last resort against those violating the law.
The foot warrior striking a dragon with a spear is St. George.
The Pillar of Law (a column topped with a crown with a rectangular plate and the inscription “Law” is the historical Russian emblem of law-enforcement agencies
Cross is a traditional sign for law-enforcement symbolics.
Gold is the color of generosity; silver – the color of purity and honesty; blue – fidelity to duty, the historical traditional color of the MIA uniform.
The Imperial Crown is the symbol of supreme power.
Laurel wreath – a symbol of glory and honor.