During the November Police Services’ board meeting, Chair John Bruno announced that Chief Hugh Stevenson had received an award.
According to the Canadian Association of the Chiefs of Police (CACP), 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.
Bruno explained a bit of the history of the award during his acknowledgement towards the chief.
“So, Canada’s system of honours was created in 1967, to recognize those outstanding individuals for their dedication, bravery, valour and sustained contribution to our country. These honours are presented on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen by the Governor General of Canada, during ceremonies held at the Rideau Hall in Ottawa, and the Citadel in Quebec,” stated Bruno. “The Order of Merit of the Police Force was established in 2000, as part of the system that honours leadership and long term exceptional service with varying degrees of responsibility displayed by officers and civilians of the Canadian police service, and recognizes their commitment to this country.”
“Membership in the Orders is based on the highest qualities of citizenship service to Canada, to the police community, to humanity at large, to their activities, members, officers and commanders of the Order, bringing distinction to the policing and supporting the concept of police cooperation and public service.”
According to the CACP only 46 of these awards were handed out in 2021.
Mayor and Police Service Board Member Christian Provenzano echoed the thoughts of others on the board.
“I didn’t know much about this Order prior to seeing it on the agenda. So, I read about it and congratulate you for receiving it. And certainly [it is a] distinction both for you and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, so congratulations.”
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