Three officers from the Vancouver Police Department are in Ottawa for an investiture ceremony for the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Constable Linda Malcolm and Inspector Scott Thompson will each be inducted as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (M.O.M.). Deputy Chief Doug LePard, already a M.O.M. recipient, will be elevated from Member to Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (O.O.M.). His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be inducting the three officers in an investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall.
The Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours a career of exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Police Services, and recognizes their commitment to this country. The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development.
A Member of the Order of Merit is specifically recognized for exceptional service or performance of duty over an extended period, usually at the local or regional/provincial level.
An Officer of the Order of Merit is recognized for outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility over an extended period, usually at the regional or provincial level.
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 annulus bears the inscription MERIT.MÉRITE.CANADA. The ribbon consists of three equal bands of blue, gold and blue.
More information on the Orders of Merit of the Police Forces can be found on the Governor General’s website.