The Order of Merit of the Police Forces
() is an honour
for merit that is, within the Canadian system of honours
, the only such fellowship reserved only for members of Canada's various police forces
. Created in 2000, and administered by the Governor General-in-Council
, on behalf of the Queen of Canada
, appointment to the order recognizes conspicuous merit and exceptional service, the level of which reflected by the organization's three heirarchical grades.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
in 1996 approached the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall
to propose an order of merit for Canada's police forces, possibly modelled on the Order of Military Merit
. This prompted the Solicitor General of Canada
at the time, Herb Gray
, to contact his provincial counterparts, inquiring of their reactions to the idea. As consent from the provincial governments was unanimous in its approval, the society was set up and officially implemented when, on 3 October 2000, Queen Elizabeth II
applied the royal sign-manual
to her letters patent
constituting the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. The first induction ceremony for the order then took place on 17 May 2002.
Grades and precedence
The Canadian monarch
, seen as the fount of honour
, is at the apex of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces as its Sovereign, followed by the governor general, who serves as the fellowship's Chancellor, and the......