A Vancouver Police inspector has continued his family legacy of policing excellence after being awarded the Order of Merit at a ceremony this morning in Ottawa’s Rideau Hall. Vancouver Police Inspector Bob Stewart, a 35-year member of the force, was honoured for his dedication and service to the community.
His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presided over the Police Forces investiture ceremony and bestowed the honour on one commander, 13 officers and 47 members of municipal, provincial and federal police forces across Canada.
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.).
Inspector Bob Stewart
Inspector Bob Stewart is a lifetime Burnaby resident and a 35-year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department. Bob brought the intelligence-led COMPSTAT policing model to the Department and created the Chronic Offender program, where the focus is harm reduction through the targeting of prolific property offenders. He was part of a research team that assisted in developing Canada’s National Counter Terrorism Plan, provided evidence at the Senate Committee on Counter Terrorism, and presented to the House of Commons Committee on Organized Crime.
As a long-term member of the VPD’s Emergency Response Team, Bob was instrumental in its professional development and, as the Team Leader, led its progression into a full time unit. His efforts were recognized internationally when he became the recipient of the National Tactical Officers Association Award of Excellence. Inspector Stewart was enlisted by BC Police Services as a Subject Matter Expert to develop provincial standards for BC’s Emergency Response Teams. He is currently assigned to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit-BC and is in charge of Operations Support, including the Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team, as well as overseeing intelligence operations.
Bob is an active volunteer, serving for 30 years with the Vancouver Police Credit Union, as both a Director and President, and was the Vice President, Board of Directors for the 2009 World Police and Fire Games that was hosted by the City of Burnaby and realized10,500 participants. Bob is a creator of the 30 year old annual VPD Free Pee Wee Soccer School for Disadvantaged Youth, and has volunteered as a coach with Burnaby’s Cliff Avenue United Soccer Association.
A Family Legacy
Inspector Bob Stewart continues the legacy of policing excellence set by his family members before him.
Inspector Stewart’s grandfather, Arthur Stewart, joined the Vancouver Police Department in 1929, leaving the Department for a short time to fight for Canada during World War II as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Canadian Artillery, where he was awarded the Order of the British Empire. Upon returning to Canada, Arthur Stewart returned to his duties with the Vancouver Police Department, serving the citizens of Vancouver until his death in 1955.
Inspector Stewart’s father, Chief Bob Stewart, retired from the Vancouver Police Department in 1991 after serving the residents of Vancouver for 38 years, ten of those years as Chief Constable.
Inspector Stewart’s brother, Rick, worked for the VPD for 28 years, retiring as a Detective this year.
Inspector Stewart’s wife of 32 years, retired Constable Linda Stewart, retired from the Vancouver Police Department in 2009 after serving 34 years with the force. Linda was also awarded the Order of Merit in 2009 for her dedication and commitment to the citizens of Vancouver.
Inspector Stewart’s son, Constable David Stewart, joined the Vancouver Police Department in 2011, and is proudly serving alongside his fellow officers in the Patrol Division.
For more information on the Order of Merit of the Polices Forces Investiture Ceremony, please visit the Governor General’s website.