The NRA Distinguished Program was designed to recognize excellence in Police Combat competition. It is similar to the Distinguished Program of the Department of the Army's National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice.
Police Distinguished Badges are available for Distinguished Revolver, Distinguished Semi-Automatic Pistol, and Distinguished Production Pistol.
The Distinguished Match is fired during NRA Police Pistol Combat Regional Tournaments and during the NRA National Police Shooting Championships. It is a service revolver/pistol type match and the equipment requirements are more stringent than in normal NRA sanctioned combat competition.
Since there is no standard service gun for police, as there is for the military, specific regulations for the firearm and ammunition are necessary. While substantial alterations of the police firearm and its ammunition is allowed in other matches, the regulations for this match are more stringent. The intent of the regulations is to provide a competition with minimum variations to firearms and little variation in ammunition, so equipment will not be a major factor in determining the best shooter. The firearm and ammunition regulations are strictly enforced. Please refer to the NRA Police Pistol Combat Rulebook for the exact rules and regulations.
The Distinguished badge will be awarded to eligible law enforcement members who earn a total of 30 Distinguished Award Points through unassisted individual competition in NRA Police Distinguished matches. Credit points will be awarded to the highest scoring 10 percent of all "non-Distinguished" competitors firing in the match ranked in order of merit. Fractions of .5 and over will be resolved to the next higher whole number. Smaller fractions will not be considered. The winning 10 percent as described above will be further broken down and credit points awarded as follows:
To the highest scoring 1/6
To the next highest scoring 1/3
To the remaining competitors authorized credit points
The first time an officer qualifies, they will receive an Excellence in Competition certificate and a letter indicating the number of Distinguished Award Points they earned.
Each time additional points are earned, an update letter will be sent. No other medals will be issued by the NRA until the 30 Award Points have been earned. At that time, either the Distinguished Revolver, Distinguished Semi-Automatic Distinguished Pistol, or Distinguished Production Pistol Badge will be awarded as well as a certificate.
The NRA Law Enforcement Division offers a complete police shooting program to police departments and law enforcement agencies to encourage patrol officers to gain more experience, training and time on the range using their duty firearms.