The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department held their annual ceremonial dress uniform inspection today. The purpose of the inspection is to make sure that all uniformed members have the mandated uniform and equipment, and it also marked the introduction of the Sheriff’s awards recognition program. For the first time in the Department’s history the Sheriff now has a proprietary officer awards and recognition program. The program consists of medals for heroic or exemplary performance; and range from the Sheriff’s Medal of Valor (the highest award), to the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Service medal. Deputies and officers can also earn ribbons, much like what is worn in the military. These ribbons tell a story about each deputy or correctional officer’s career and accomplishments. Ribbons range from assignments, to longevity and recognition. Group photos were taken in front of the historic Inyo County Courthouse.