OPP Commissioner Receives Order of Merit Award

Chris D. Lewis Elevated to Commander within the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

ORILLIA, ON, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ -   In a ceremony being held today at the Residence of the Governor General at La Citadelle de Québec, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Chris Lewis will be elevated to the rank of Commander (C.O.M.) within the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada.


"I am incredibly honoured to have been nominated by my peers and to receive this distinguished award from the Governor General of Canada. It is a tremendous vote of confidence in the dedicated men and women of the Ontario Provincial Police. Now in my 36th year in policing, and as Commissioner, I continue to feel immense pride in our profession and in the contributions of the extraordinary people that I have the honour to lead." -Chris D. Lewis, Commissioner, OPP

"This award is recognition of the excellent job Commissioner Lewis, his uniform officers and civilian staff do on a daily basis to keep Ontario communities safe. Commissioner Lewis has served the province for more than 35 years with great distinction, and he is a deserving recipient of this significant honour." -Madeleine Meilleur, Minister, Community Safety and Correctional Services

The C.O.M. recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility over an extended period, usually at the national or international level.  Commissioner Lewis becomes the first Canadian police leader to be elevated through all three levels of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

For more information on the Order of Merit of the Police Forces go to: The Governor General of Canada website.

SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police

For further information:

Sgt. Pierre Chamberland
Phone: (705) 329-6878 


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