We've received several private messages today regarding someone allegedly wearing an RCAF uniform with Military Police accoutrements and medals that he's not entitled too.
While it's not within the CMPA's mandate to investigate allegations of this nature, it is in our mandate to support the interests of the men and women who have proudly served in the red beret in peace and war. As such, this information will be relayed to the appropriate investigative authorities for further action.
There has already been enough commenting on other Facebook sites regarding this person's actions and motivations, so I don't expect to see the same thing posted here. We've been alerted and we're dealing with it. A reminder that inappropriate comments will be deleted...let's keep things civil and let the investigation sort itself out.
Thanks very much to those of you who reported this to us.
If you recall from our post on our Facebook page last week, we have received numerous complaints about the significant delays in obtaining retirement gifts (the shadow boxes). As you know, the CMPA does not produce these shadow boxes ourselves, they are outsourced from a 3rd party. Unfortunately, we had significant supply chain problems throughout 2016, which forced us to take some drastic actions behind the scenes to make it right.
A shipment was received from our new supplier a week before the Christmas block leave period started. However, despite good intentions to get these shipped out, the "real world" intervened and shipments were unavoidably delayed. I'm sure all of you understand what happens when unexpected military priorities throw a monkey wrench into the works.
Those of you that have been patiently waiting for these shadow boxes can rest assured that they should be in the mail this week.
Along with a new and more reliable 3rd party vendor, we are also convening a Special Executive meeting on 23 Jan 17 in order to refine our retirement gift process to better serve our members.
Well that was fast.
Thanks to some generous volunteers, we've been able to power through the backlog of orders at the kit shop and reopen again for orders. Yesterday alone, over 100 orders were shipped out, and the remainder should be in the mail by early next week.
I'll get the internal links to the kit shop up again on the website as soon as I can, but in the meantime, visit http://shop.en.mpkitshop.ca/ to submit your orders.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are temporarily closing the CMPA Kit Shop to further orders. We're taking the drastic step in order to get caught up on the massive backlog of orders we've already received.
To those of you who have been patiently waiting for your orders, rest assured we are doing everything we can to get your merchandise our to you; however, we are unable to guarantee any timelines for delivery. Any orders placed after today will be filled once we are able to restore normal operations. If all goes well, we should be back in operation in early January 2017.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvienience this may cause.
The latest edition of the MP Branch newsletter is now available to read online.
Get caught up on all the latest news affecting the Branch in this official publication written by and for Canadian Military Police.
In this issue, read all about:
You can get caught up on previous issues (both English and French) by clicking here.
The CMPA is please to announce a major new feature to our website. For the first time, all surviving issues of Thunderbird Journal have been digitized in PDF format and are available for your online enjoyment in both English and French versions.
Originally published from 1982 until 1997, Thunderbird Journal was the official Security Branch magazine. It provided MP with Branch and CMPA news, Canadian case law and policing developments, and opinion pieces, as well as “SITREPs” from MP units across the country and around the world.
You can review these old magazines by clicking here, or by visiting the “media” tab in the menu.
Although they are very much a product of their time, leafing through these old magazines presents a fascinating glimpse into the early days of the MP Branch.
We’ve added a new feature to the site. Under the “Media” tab, you’ll now be able to access the official MP Branch newsletter! Click here to read to visit the newsletter page now.
The CMPA doesn't produce this newsletter; it’s a communication tool owned by the two MP Branch Advisors and coordinated by members of the CF MP Gp HQ staff. CMPA was recently given permission to post the newsletters on our public website. When we do, we may make some minor edits to preserve operational security.
Through the newsletter, you’ll be able to keep track of current events, Branch issues, and career information for serving members.
The newsletter itself is a fairly new initiative for the MP Branch: the first issue was released in January 2016, and the second issue was released in March. Now that we’re caught up, the next issue is scheduled for release in June.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.