Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 20, 2008 11:38 ET

Governor General to Invest 60 Recipients Into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside at the investiture of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

The Governor General will present a total of 60 Canadians with their insignia. Two Commanders, 15 Officers and 43 Members will be invested.

The Order was created in October 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. There are three levels of membership-Commander, Officer and Member-that reflect long-term, outstanding service in varying degrees of responsibility. Each level has corresponding post-nominal letters: C.O.M., O.O.M. and M.O.M.

The media schedule for the ceremony, additional information about the Order, recipients' names are attached. Please click on our Web site,, for further information on the Order or visit the Web site of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police at .


Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

10:15 a.m. Arrival of media through the Princess Anne entrance
10:25 a.m. Guests begin to take their seats in the Ballroom
10:30 a.m. Sound and light checks
11:00 a.m. The Governor General enters the Ballroom
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents recipients with their insignia
The Principal Commander speaks
12:00 p.m. National anthem and end of ceremony
12:05 p.m. Media interviews with recipients

ANNEX B entitled "ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES BACKGROUNDER" is available at the following address:

Contact Information

  • Rideau Hall Press Office
    Marie-Paule Thorn
    613-993-2569 / Cell. 613-301-2764