18 August 1942
41 members of No. 2 Provost Company participate in a raid on Dieppe, France.
18 Military Police were taken prisoner of war by German forces during the raid, and one, Lieutenant Peter Oliver, was killed in action on 19 August 1942. In honour of his sacrifice, the “Oliver Trophy” is awarded to the most outstanding MP QL3 candidate of every year.
The MP Branch takes a massive step towards data automation as the first operational Security and Military Police Information System (SAMPIS) terminals begin rolling out to MP at CFSU (Ottawa), CFNIS, and CFPM HQ. A training system is also deployed to CFMPA.
This initial deployment would last until September 2001. SAMPIS would continue to roll out to all remaining MP units between September 2001 and July 2003.
The 2 Military Police Regiment Detachment Kingston will be hosting its 9th annual charity golf tournament on Monday, August 28th 2017, at Garrison Golf and Curling Club, located at CFB Kingston. 100% of all revenue will go to the Military Police Fund for Blind Children (MPFBC).
In addition, if you would like to make a donation of money or prize items to this charity, please contact Leahanne Morrison at Leah-Anne.Morrison@forces.gc.ca. Additional information regarding sponsorship can be found in the following document.
15 July 1986
A contingent from 4 MP Platoon (CFB Lahr, Germany) becomes the first Canadian MP team to participate in the annual Nijmegen March in the Netherlands. This event, which was initiated in 1909, has seen Canadian involvement since 1952. Canada sends teams every year to commemorate the liberation of the Netherlands by Allied Forces during WW II.
Photo: Shawn Doolan
Corporal Eleanor Hodder is posted to Military Security Guard Unit (MSGU) London, England, making her the first female in MP Branch history to serve at an Embassy.
Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
24 June 1996
The 3rd annual Thunderbird Challenge competition commenced at 17 Wing Winnipeg. MP from all Air Command bases competed in several combat-themed events over the course of 4 days.
Thunderbird Challenge was an annual event that ran from 1993 - 1999 in Winnipeg. Over the years, MP from across the Branch competed against each other in pistol, rifle, and physical fitness events. Not only did this event demonstrate the capabilities of our members, it forged lasting bonds of camaraderie and esprit de corps.
Although Thunderbird Challenge came to an end in 1999, a special one-time only version of the competition was held in Ottawa in 2015 as part of the MP Branch's 75th Anniversary.
Changes are made to the King’s Rules and Regulations to ensure the collective jurisdiction of all the service Policing groups over members of the Canadian Army, RCN, and RCAF. Before this change was made, Military Police from the three services faced a variety of complex jurisdictional restrictions when dealing with persons from outside their services.
(Note: This post constitutes our final "Legend of the Thunderbird")
“Once, there was a sea monster which greatly troubled the Nootka, for it would wait at the mouth of the river for children to swim when it would catch and eat them. The Nootka did not know what to do for their children had to learn to swim if they were to catch Whale. So they asked Thunderbird and he told them to make belts of the whale skin and put it on a brave child. This child had then to swim out towards the sea monster and when he was swallowed, to shout “snake in belly” when the belt would kill the sea monster. “For” said Thunderbird, “I have turned the magic of the double-headed serpent into the skin of the whale and it shall turn the poison against the sea monster”. From that day on, the children of this child that slew the sea monster bore the crest of Thunderbird upon their canoes and his image shows where the shores are safe to the Nootka, to this day”.
(As published in The Thunderbird Journal, Winter 1984)
Updated...this time with a link to the documents...
The CMPA’s Scholarship Fund reflects one of our main purposes: to support and benefit its members.
Each year, the CMPA awards two $1,000 scholarship to members in good standing whose family members (spouse or children) are pursuing their first year of full or part time post-secondary education. One scholarship will be presented for entry into a university program, and one for entry into a college program.
The attached documents provide full details regarding the rules and application process. Deadline for submission is 30 July 2017. No extensions will be granted.
Email your submission packages to email@example.com
Good luck to all future applicants!
Not a day goes by that we don't get a question about "retirement badges". There's a lot of confusion out there, some of it of our own making due to confusing policies and mixed messages over the years. To be clear, the CMPA offers two seperate gifts to CMPA members that are releasing or retiring: the CMPA Departure Gift and the MP Retirement Credentials.
We’ve received a lot of feedback from members about the current retirement credentials program...concerns that the application process was overly complex, that it was excessively expensive for retired members…and some excellent suggestions were put forward to us for consideration.
As a result, we’re making a lot of fundamental changes to the Retirement Badge program.
First, the application process is going to be significantly streamlined to eliminate a lot of the bureaucracy, including the elimination of the role of the chain of command. There will still be a review conducted to ensure the applicant meets all eligibility requirements, but the initial request no longer needs to be staffed through your chain of command when you retire. You’ll have enough to do without a lot of extra paperwork.
You no longer have to purchase a 5-year membership to obtain the retirement credentials. So long as you have an existing CMPA membership that’s in good standing and meet the other basic requirements (not have your MP credentials under suspension, not be dishonorably released, etc.), the retirement credentials will now essentially be a “kit shop purchase” and all you’ll be required to pay is a one-time fee for the badge, ID card, and wallet.
You will no longer have to maintain a continuous CMPA membership after you retire in order to keep the retirement credentials. This was a particularly big bone of contention, and it’s now been eliminated. If you are in possession of retirement credentials that are expired or about to expire, you don’t have to “renew” them. We are reworking the design of the ID card to eliminate the expiry date. If you want to replace your ID card if its been damaged or you want to update the photo, you’ll only have to pay a modest fee to cover production and shipping
While we are making some changes to better serve our retired members, one thing that won’t be changing is the fundamental criteria for qualification: you must be retired (or in the process of retiring) to obtain the retirement credentials. In other words, you’ve must have completed your Terms of Service and be receiving a pension for that service. If you’ve been medically released as a result of an injury sustained on duty and are receiving a medical pension for that injury you also qualify for retirement credentials. However, personnel who release from the CAF without receiving a pension will not be considered to be “retired” and will not be eligible for retirement credentials.
However, every member of the CMPA who releases or retires will still be entitled to the CMPA Departure Gift (formerly called the “retirement gift”…which created a great deal of confusion as you might imagine). The Departure Gift is your actual MP badge that you carried on duty, encased in a shadow box. We’re also making a few minor changes to Bylaw #5, which governs the CMPA Departure Gift program, and we’ll be announcing those changes soon.
In the days and weeks to come, we’ll be publishing an updated Bylaw #6 that governs the retirement credentials, as well as a new application process. Speaking of paperwork on retirement, we are going to be producing a CMPA aide-memoire for inclusion in the DWD handbook to ensure that Departure gifts and retirement credentials every MP who releases or retires.