LONDON, ON, Oct. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - This morning, regular members, civilian members and employees of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) "O" Division, were recognized for their years of devoted service and continued dedication to the Citizens of Canada.
The recipients of the Long Service Award are men and women who have performed their duties in a manner which is truly "above and beyond." Their actions bring credit to themselves and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The award is presented in recognition of all those occasions where the recipient had to display courage, tenacity, patience and good judgement and honour all those actions that make up a long career of exemplary service and good conduct.
In addition to the Long Service Awards, three other honours were presented:
Civilian Member Heather Lewis (Ret'd), received a Commanding Officer's Commendation for Outstanding Service.
Superintendent Harvey Seddon, received the International Peace Operations Commemorative Coin for his UN mission in the West Bank, Middle East.
Inspector Joseph Czenze, received an official parchment which formalizes his being accepted into the ranks of Commissioned Officer in the RCMP.
- Originally created by King George V in 1934, the RCMP Long Service Medal is awarded to Regular Members of irreproachable character who have reached milestones in their number of service years.
- The first presentation of the Long Service Medal was held in Ottawa in March 1935, in the Cartier Drill Hall.
- In 1981, the program was expanded to include Civilian Members and again in 2002 to include Public Service Employees.
- Regular Members, Civilian Members and Public Service Employees are recognized at the milestone of 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information: Media contact: Staff Sergeant Major Rob Akin, "O" Division (Ontario), Telephone: 905-876-9572