New Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (CFPM) BGen Simon Trudeau (left) assumes command of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group from outgoing CFPM BGen Rob Delaney (right) at a change of command ceremony presided over by LGen Alain Parent (centre), Acting Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, on May 28, 2018, at Cartier Square Drill Hall in Ottawa. Photo credit: Corporal (Cpl) MacIsaac, Canadian Armed Forces.
BGen Simon Trudeau is the new the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (CFPM) and Commander of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group (CF MP Gp).
BGen Trudeau assumed the role from BGen Rob Delaney, at a change of command ceremony held May 28, 2018 in Ottawa. LGen Alain Parent, Acting Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, was presiding officer at the ceremony.
Canadian Forces Military Police provide a variety of operational, law enforcement, investigative and security services at military establishments across Canada and throughout the world, wherever members of the Canadian Armed Forces serve.
“We expect all Canadian Armed Forces members to serve with honour and fulfil their missions, but the expectation of trust is highest when considering the role of the Military Police who protect military communities – the foundation of our effectiveness and readiness as a fighting force,” said LGen Parent.
The CFPM is an advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff on policing matters. He or she is an active member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. As the new CFPM, BGen Trudeau commands all Military Police directly involved in policing duties. He is responsible for investigations conducted by any unit or other element under his command, as well as the selection, training and professional standards for the military police.
He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1988 and commenced his Military Police career following graduation from the College Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean in 1992. He has held numerous leadership positions across various functions with the Military Police, including operational deployments in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1997 and Afghanistan in 2002. Prior to his appointment as CFPM, he was Deputy Commander of the CF MP Gp.
In his comments at the change of command parade, BGen Trudeau took the opportunity to thank BGen Delaney for his service and outline his vision for the years ahead.
“On behalf of the women and men of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group, I thank Brigadier-General Delaney for his leadership these past five years. Under his watch we have transformed, expanded, and built on our proud history as a policing organization respected worldwide for its professionalism and integrity,” said BGen Trudeau. “I am looking forward to working with the dedicated and talented members of the MP Group to ensure that Canada’s Military Police remains operationally oriented as we implement Canada’s defence policy Strong, Secured, Engaged.”
BGen Delaney was appointed CFPM and group commander in August of 2013, and he is scheduled to deploy to Iraq this summer as the Ministerial Liaison Team Director – Operation IMPACT.
“It was an honour to serve with the Military Police for more than 25 years, and for five years to command an organization that provides steadfast police and security support to every Canadian Armed Forces installation in Canada and virtually every CAF operation worldwide,” said BGen Delaney. “We have the finest police officers in the world, and it has been my privilege to contribute to the ongoing strength of Canada’s Military Police capability.”