10 Service Detention Barracks (SDB) moves to Edmonton from Calgary, while SDBs in Winnipeg and Esquimalt were closed. A fourth, 14 SDB, remained open in Valcartier.
10 SDB would later be disbanded and closed on 30 September 1968. However, 14 SDB was eventually relocated to Edmonton, and on 1 August 1980, was renamed Canadian Forces Service Prison and Detention Barracks (CFSPDB). It remains in service to this day.
17 July 1974
Cpl Farquharson and Cpl Worsnup of MP QL3 course 7403 become the first two female members of the Security Branch, and thus the first female MPs since unification.
Photo: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada
You may have heard the rumours...and it's finally true. Membership in the CMPA is now better than ever!
As our Canada Day gift to you, we've made massive changes to your CMPA membership that will significantly benefit you now and for years to come.
These changes to the CMPA Membership, Departure Gift, and Retired Credentials bylaws will make it easier to become and remain a member in good standing of the CMPA and be eligible for departure gifts and retired MP credentials.
Changes to membership
Anyone who wishes to join the CMPA for the first time can pay a one-time fee of $250 and become a lifetime CMPA member. Anyone who is on a MP QL3 or MPOC course will receive a discount of $50.
What about Departure Gifts and Retirement Credentials?
All members of the CMPA are entitled to a once in a lifetime departure gift, at no cost, when leaving the MP Branch. Credentialled MP may receive their MP Badge mounted in a shadow box with an appropriately engraved name plate. Non-credentialled MP and other CMPA members will receive a gift approved by the CMPA Executive.
Any member of the CMPA who was a credentialled MP and is fully retired or released (including medical release) from the CAF may purchase either Retired or Veteran MP Credentials from the CMPA Kit Shop, some restrictions apply.
Happy Canada Day from the CMPA to all members of the MP family...Regular, Reserve, civilian, and dependants!
The CMPA’s co-Director of History and Heritage, LCol (Ret’d) Paul Thobo-Carlsen, is researching the history of CAF Military Police working dog programs from 1972 to present (after the RCAF Police Sentry Dog Program ended*) and is seeking relevant information and photos from anyone with knowledge of any of these locally-run K9 programs.
To date, twelve MP handlers and eleven working dogs are known to have operated in support of MP operations from 1987 to present. These include:
A significant amount of information is known about the three most recent MP K9 teams operating from 2006 onward. However, much less is know about the earlier MP teams and the security dog programs in Germany.
Former supervisors or co-workers of dog handlers, or anyone with knowledge of one or more of these earlier programs, is requested to contact the CMPA. Of particular interest are details on how these teams came into being, trained, operated and were supported at the MP unit and base levels. Other historically relevant information includes photos of handlers and dogs, unit-level documentation (e.g. K9 SOPs, commendation letters, etc), newspaper articles related to MP K9 programs, stories about cases that K9 teams worked on, and amusing anecdotes.
Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated to help shed light on an area of MP Branch history that has not been yet be well covered.
NOTE: The recently published book by LCol (Ret’d’) A.J. Murtagh and Maj (Ret’d) A.W. Kendall (The History of the RCAF Police Sentry Dog Program: 1963-1972. Burnstown ON: Burnstown Publishing House, 2017) does an excellent job of telling the story of Canada’s only formal and sustained military working dog program. If you're interested in purchasing a copy of this book, you can do so by visiting www.rcaf-sentrydogs.ca/order.html (website is not associated with the CMPA).
Trust Fund created for AFP/MP Sentry Dog and Nuclear Security exhibit at the National Air Force Museum of Canada
The CMPA is working with the National Air Force Museum of Canada, at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton ON, to create a new exhibit showcasing the role of RCAF Air Force Police and CAF Military Police in securing the nuclear weapons used by Canada’s air force during the Cold War.
The exhibit project lead is Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Paul Thobo-Carlsen, CMPA Co-Director of History & Heritage. The project technical advisors are Major (Ret’d) Wayne Kendall, CMPA Director of Membership (Veterans) and a former AFP sentry dog handler, and Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Andy Murtagh, who organized and implemented the Sentry Dog Program while serving as a staff officer at RCAF 1 Air Division Headquarters, Metz, France.
The exhibit will be implemented in two phases:
The National Air Force Museum of Canada has established a specific trust fund to collect the money necessary to create a professional looking exhibit. The money collected in this trust fund will be used only to build and maintain the AFP/MP exhibit, and donors will be provided charitable donation receipts for tax purposes.
Donations to the trust fund may be made by cheque to the “National Air Force Museum of Canada.” Please ensure all cheques are clearly annotated with “Attn: Air Force Police Exhibit Trust Fund” to ensure they are appropriately directed. Donation cheques should be mailed to:
National Air Force Museum of Canada
220 RCAF Road
Any former AFP or MP sentry dog handlers who wish to donate related artifacts in support of this exhibit should contact the CMPA (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the details of all items for consideration. Any artifacts subsequently accepted into the NAFMC collection will also be eligible for income tax receipts.
15 June 2015
The Military Police Branch celebrates its 75th Anniversary. While celebratory events are held at locations throughout Canada, the centre of gravity was in Ottawa, where numerous events, including a Casino Night, Golf Day, the return of Thunderbird Challenge, and a Gala Dinner at the Canadian War Museum were held throughout the week to celebrate this auspicious anniversary.
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.”
Within the next few weeks, we’ll be announcing some major changes to the way the CMPA serves its members.
But before we do, we need your help! Mark Twain once observed that "everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it". Well, now is your chance to help steer the CMPA.
We’re looking for volunteers to take over three critical positions on the CMPA Executive Committee:
If you think you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and help steer the CMPA into its new future, please contact us at email@example.com.