I recently reported that a number of positions on the CMPA Executive Committee have been unexpectedly vacated, and we're looking for volunteers to step in and help out.
Now that I've made some major updates to the website, including uploading the bylaws that describe the terms of reference for the committee positions, I can formally announce the positions that need to be filled:
You can read over the terms of reference for all these positions by visiting our Constitution page.
If you're interested in volunteering, and willing to put in the work to help make the CMPA a success, send an email to mailto:email@example.com. In the case of multiple submissions for the same position, the final decision will be rendered by the President.
The sooner you put your name forward, the sooner we can carry on with improving your CMPA!
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 2016. No extensions will be granted.
Email your submission packages to firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck to all future applicants!
It’s a common practice for police services across Canada to issue special “retirement credentials” to their retired members. For years, members of the MP Branch sought this same privilege as a means of recognizing their unique qualifications and contribution to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian policing fraternity.
This demand was recognized by the CMPA, and since 2010 retired MP and MPO who have met specific criteria have been eligible to receive this symbolic memento in recognition of their service to Canada, the CAF, and the MP Branch.
The MP Retirement Credentials should not be confused with the traditional CMPA Retirement Gift, which is your actual service badge encased in a shadow box.
To be eligible obtain Retirement Credentials, you must:
If you were dishonourably released from the CAF, released prior to the resolution of an ongoing MP Professional Standards investigation or Conduct complaint, or if your CMPA dues are not in good standing, you may not be eligible to receive MP Retirement Credentials.
If you have never been a member of the CMPA, you are not eligible to receive Retirement Credentials.
How to Apply for MP Retirement Credentials
If you’re in the process of retiring, complete the attached form and forward it through your chain of command to the Senior MP advisor in your unit. Your chain of command will certify that you meet all eligibility requirements and forward the package to the CMPA Retirement Gift Coordinator, who advise you of the final cost for your Retirement Credentials (calculation of any CMPA dues that may be in arrears plus the 5-year membership). On receipt of payment, the Retirement Credentials will be processed.
If you’re already retired, complete the form and forward it and your photos electronically to email@example.com. You can also mail them to:
Canadian Military Police Association
PO Box 41190
1910 St Laurent Blvd
Ottawa, ON K1G 1A0
Attention: Retirement Gift Coordinator
Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be contacted and advised of the cost of the credentials, and on receipt of payment, your application will be finalized.
It’s important to note that once issues, the MP Retirement Credentials remain the property of the CMPA...and they have a five year expiry date.
In order to retain these credentials, you must remain a member in good standing. This means you must renew your membership after five years; if you don’t, you will have to return the retirement credentials to the CMPA.
In addition to non-payment of dues, the credentials may also be subject to revocation in the event of their misuse or misconduct by the holder that brings discredit to the MP Branch or CMPA.
Help Wanted at the CMPA
We've got a number of executive and regional volunteer positions opening up in the very near future. We're seeking your help to fill these spots with dedicated, motivated people who want to see the CMPA grow and succeed!
Positions are open to serving MP and MPO of any rank, civilian employees, retirees, even spouses. All that's necessary is connection to the "MP family" and a willingness to lend a hand.
Keep watching our blog for details...I'll be posting specific details on all of the open positions over the next few days.
Email is back
Well that was fast.
Our email problems were resolved today in a matter of minutes. It seems our old email account was tied directly to our old domain name. When we transferred to Weebly, we lost access to the email.
As of now, our new email is firstname.lastname@example.org. To make it easier to contact us, I've updated the relevant links throughout the website, and our contact form will send a message directly to the new email account as well.
The Internet giveth...and the Internet taketh away.
It seems that when we transferred our domain name to our new host, weebly.com, our email address went kaput. As a result, we're not able to send emails out from email@example.com, and we aren't able to receive them either.
Take heart, as our contact form still works. Until we can resolve this issue, I'll be forwarding any contact form messages to my work address and answering them from there. Unfortunately, I still have a batch of unanswered messages from the old site that I still need to get to. I'll answer them all as quickly as I can.
Welcome to the new website!
We're finally online!
Take some time to explore the new site, and get a sense of what we're planning with the new CMPA website. You might notice a distinct lack of content...but that will be changing in the coming days and weeks. My plan is to create something more useful for CMPA members and visitors than anything we've previously had, and you can get a sense of what we're trying to achieve from the menu items listed in the top menu. As the CMPA represents the interests of serving and retired MP, we want this site to be the "one-stop-shop" for everything related to the MP Branch.
Right now, we have direct links to the MP Kit Shop, a short history of military police in Canada, and an expanded links page that allow visitors to access a variety of sites that maybe of interest to serving and retired members. Of course, our website it a reflection of the Association itself...and the Association is committed to reflecting the desires of it's membership. So I encourage all of you to be an active part in the rebirth of the website. Let us know what you like and what you don't like on the site. Tell us what you want to see, and the features you think we need to add.
Keep checking back over the next few weeks to explore the new content we'll be adding.