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Order of Merit of the Police Forces

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces was established in October 2000 to recognize a commitment to this country and to honour a career of exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by officers or civilians of Canadian Police Services.

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces is a fellowship of honour based on the highest qualities of citizenship, service to Canada, to the police community and to humanity at large.  Through their activities, Members, Officers and Commanders of the Order bring distinction to policing and support the concept of police cooperation in public service. These three levels of membership reflect long term outstanding service with varying degrees of responsibility.

The primary focus is on exceptional merit through contributions to policing, community development and fostering relationships among police forces in Canada and throughout the world and between police and the community.  The focus is also on the total contributions made over an individual’s career to date and not on a single incident or achievement.

Persons admitted to the Order must be a serving member of a Police Service effective December 31st of the year in which the nomination is made.  Candidates should be selected from those in the full range of policing careers,  including but not limited to criminal investigation, uniformed patrol, administration, police association/staff relations representative programs, training and development, community outreach, crime prevention, research and publication.  Candidates should be reflective of the diverse population of Canada and of the men and women who serve through policing.

Members of the Police Services in Canada and members of the public are invited to submit the names of nominees for admission to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Nominations start on April 15, 2024 and must be received by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police by email at  or mail at 300 Terry Fox Drive, Suite 100, Kanata, ON K2K 0E3 by September 29, 2024.

For more information please contact the CACP at (613) 595-1101.

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Order of Merit of the Police Forces Recipients