Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 16, 2011 11:18 ET

Governor General Announces 44 New Appointments to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - On the occasion of National Police Week, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced today 44 new appointments to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, including eight Officers and 36 Members.

The Order was created in 2000, to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of the Canadian police forces whose contributions extend beyond protection of the community. Three levels of membership with post-nominal letters reflect long-term, outstanding service: Commander (C.O.M.), Officer (O.O.M.) and Member (M.O.M.).

RECIPIENTS

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES

Assistant Commissioner Line CarbonneauRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Westmount, Que.
Director General Robert FahlmanRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.
Chief Robert HermanThunder Bay Police Service, Ont.
Deputy Chief Constable Warren LemckeVancouver Police Department, B.C.
Chief Dale R. McFee
This is promotion within the Order.
Prince Albert Police Service, Sask.
Superintendent Brian SimpsonRoyal Canadian Mounted Police,
Red Deer, Alta.
Chief A. Paul SmithCharlottetown Police Services, P.E.I.
Chief Wendy SouthallNiagara Regional Police Service, Ont.

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES

Deputy Chief Danny AikmanCornwall Community Police Service, Ont.
Assistant director Serge BélisleService de police de la Ville de Québec, Que.
Deputy Chief Gary BrosteSaskatoon Police Service, Sask.
Assistant Commissioner J.G.P. Michel CabanaRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.
Staff Sergeant Jean-Marc CollinRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Moncton, N.B.
Deputy Chief Troy CooperPrince Albert Police Service, Sask.
Superintendent Robert DavisRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Newmarket, Ont.
Chief Glenn De CaireHamilton Police Service, Ont.
Chief Henry DeLarondeTreaty Three Police Service, Ont.
Chief Frank ElsnerGreater Sudbury Police Service, Ont.
Deputy Chief Eric GirtHamilton Police Service, Ont.
Chaplain R.A. (Bob) HarperRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Edmonton, Alta.
Superintendent Timothy HeadRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.
Sergeant Tobin HintonVancouver Police Department, B.C.
Superintendent Andrew HobbsVancouver Police Department, B.C.
Superintendent Jamie JagoeRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Kitchener, Ont.
Director Kristine KijewskiToronto Police Service, Ont.
Chief Superintendent Alphonse MacNeilRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.
Ms. Sylvie ManthaService de police de la Ville de Gatineau, Que.
Superintendent Kathryn MartinToronto Police Service, Ont.
Assistant Commissioner Dale McGowanRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Regina, Sask.
Staff Superintendent Jeffrey McGuireToronto Police Service, Ont.
Chief Stephen McIntyreRothesay Regional Police Force, N.B.
Chief Superintendent Blair McKnightRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Halifax, N.S.
Staff Sergeant Terry McLachlanRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Kelowna, B.C.
Detective Raymond Wai-Sang MiuToronto Police Service, Ont.
Deputy Chief Robert NapierKingston Police, Ont.
Chief Superintendent Richard NobleRoyal Canadian Mounted Police,
St. John's, N.L.
Detective Inspector Dennis J. OlinykOntario Provincial Police, Kenora, Ont.
Deputy Chief Bernard PannellSaskatoon Police Service, Sask.
Staff Sergeant Stephen PattersonSaint John Police Force, N.B.
Assistant director Marc ParentService de police de la Ville de Montréal, Que.
Assistant director Mario PlanteService de police de la Ville de Montréal, Que.
Chief Murray RoddPeterborough Lakefield Community Police, Ont.
Staff Sergeant Joseph Roch Stéphane St-JacquesRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.
Chief Joseph TomeiOrangeville Police Service, Ont.

ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES FACT SHEET

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours a career of exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of Canadian police forces, and recognizes their commitment to this country. The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development.

The commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Principal Commander of the Order, submits recommendations for appointment to the governor general on behalf of an advisory committee. Nominations for appointment to the Order may be made by submitting the name of a member or employee of a police force to the commanding officer of that police force.

Levels and post-nominals

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign of the Order; the governor general is the chancellor and one of the commanders of the Order. The Principal Commander is the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

  • Commander – Post-nominals: C.O.M.
    Recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility over an extended period, usually at the national or international level.

  • Officer – Post-nominals: O.O.M.
    Recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility over an extended period, usually at the regional or provincial level.

  • Member – Post-nominals: M.O.M.
    Recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty over an extended period, usually at the local or regional/provincial level.

Insignia Description

The badge of the Order is the same as that of the Order of Military Merit: a blue-enamelled, straight-end cross (four arms, narrow at the centre, wider at the ends) with an annulus in red, surmounted by St. Edward's Crown. The ribbon is different and consists of three equal bands of blue, gold and blue. The annulus bears the inscription MERIT.MÉRITE.CANADA.

For more information about the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, visit the Honours section of our website at www.gg.ca,or visit the website of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police at www.cacp.ca.

Contact Information

  • On the Order of Merit of the Police Forces:
    Marie-Pierre Belanger
    Rideau Hall Press Office
    613-998-9166
    marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca

    On the police forces recipients:
    Sara Sowieta
    Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
    613-233-1106
    sara@cacp.ca

    On the RCMP recipients:
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    Media Relations
    613-993-2999
    www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca