Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 23 Recipients into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces at the Citadelle of Quebec

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct 2, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an investiture ceremony for the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, being held at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec, on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on one Commander, nine Officers and thirteen Members.

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces was created in 2000, to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of 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.).

A media schedule for the investiture ceremony, the list of recipients and a backgrounder on the Order are attached.

Media covering the ceremony must contact the Rideau Hall Press Office the day before the event. They will have to show their accreditation at the Citadelle gate, and access the Ballroom through the administration door.

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CEREMONY SCHEDULE

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

10:30 a.m.: Ceremony begins
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the insignia
(Commander first, followed by Officers and Members)
The RCMP Commissioner speaks
11:30 a.m.: Interviews with recipients

RECIPIENTS

COMMANDER

Commissioner Christopher D. Lewis, C.O.M.
This is promotion within the Order.
Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia, Ont.

OFFICERS

Chief Keith J. Atkinson, O.O.M.
This is promotion within the Order.
Brandon Police Service, Man.
Chief Paul Douglas Cook, O.O.M.
This is promotion within the Order.
North Bay Police Service, Ont.
Chief Richard Hanson, O.O.M.
This is promotion within the Order.
Calgary Police Service, Alta.
Chief Roderick Robert Knecht, O.O.M.
This is promotion within the Order.
Edmonton Police Service, Alta.
Director Marc Parent, O.O.M.
This is promotion within the Order.
Service de police de la ville de Montréal, Que.
Chief Daniel Colin Parkinson, O.O.M.
This is promotion within the Order.
Cornwall Community Police Service, Ont.
Chief Constable Robert A. Rich, O.O.M.
This is promotion within the Order.
Abbotsford Police Department, B.C.
Deputy Director General Marcel Savard, O.O.M. Sûreté du Québec, Montréal, Que.
Superintendent Donald J.J. Spicer, O.O.M.
This is promotion within the Order.
Halifax Regional Police Service, N.S.

MEMBERS

Constable Michael Arruda, M.O.M. Service de police de la ville de Montréal, Que.
Chief Superintendent Donald William Bell, M.O.M. Ontario Provincial Police, Aurora, Ont.
Sergeant Colin Evan Lamont Brown, M.O.M. Victoria Police Department, B.C.
Sergeant Charles Dubois, M.O.M. Service de police de la ville de Montréal, Que.
Detective Sergeant Leonard Gordon Isnor, M.O.M. Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia, Ont.
Deputy Commissioner Douglas Lang, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.
Deputy Chief Robert D. Morin, M.O.M. Regina Police Service, Sask.
Chief Superintendent Joseph Oliver, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.
Inspector Adua Porteous, M.O.M. Vancouver Police Department, B.C.
Superintendent Paul Richards, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Vancouver, B.C.
Inspector Allan Godfrey Sauve, M.O.M. Canadian Pacific Police Service, Alta.
Chaplain James E. Turner, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Vancouver, B.C.
Detective Sergeant Benoit Vigeant, M.O.M. Service de police de la ville de Montréal, Que.

Please note that the information in this program reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their appointment to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

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/honours or visit the website of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police at www.cacp.ca.

Contact:
For information on the Order and
the ceremony:
Melanie Villeneuve
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-6761 (cell)
melanie.villeneuve@gg.ca
For information on the recipients:
Sara Sowieta
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
613-595-1101
sara@cacp.ca
For information on RCMP recipients:
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Media Relations
613-843-5999
www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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