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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.