On 6 September 1967, Base Aerienne 139 Lahr ceased to be an entity of the French Air Force in West Germany and became Canadian Forces Base Lahr – the new home of 1 Wing and 1 Air Division Headquarters. That afternoon, the French flag was lowered, and the Canadian national emblem raised in its place. The Canadian Armed Forces now controlled the Lahr airbase and Canadian MPs assumed responsibility for base security and policing. Read full story about the Lahr Military Police Section (LMPS) and view additional historical photos here.
Below is an update on the Island MP Reunion from Carl
Greetings to all our members who have advised they are considering coming to the 2019 reunion. Our ISLAND MP’S are once more inviting all our veteran MP’s to come join us this July on Prince Edward Island. Many of those who attended the 2014 reunion are coming back and we have many new ones on our list. In 2014 we had 284 and as of today, in only a few weeks, we already have 215 so very little doubt we will surpass 2014. A wonderful time to see so many of our comrades and wives some that we haven’t seen for many years.
We (ISLAND MP’S) as in 2014 have lots of activities planned, more details will follow as our Island MP’s get together and make this event bigger and better.
I have attached the attendee list, for the most part I think that I have the information correct, but call upon you to advise me of any errors. Other than the name of the member and their wife/guests I don’t need anything more until I send out the registration forms and fees. I do however, need the name of your wife/husband or guest that is not on my list, names are necessary to give me the correct count of who is coming. So please let me know ASAP. The names on this list are sure to bring back lots of memories.
I have attached the accommodation list and the host hotels that area sponsoring this reunion. Also on this attachment are the addressed for PEI tourism that will give you lots more information and activities on the Island during your stay. Many that come to the reunion make it a holiday, why not, if you come from afar extend your holiday and enjoy our Island lots to do lots to see. The Island is surrounded by beached and many gold courses, deep sea fishing and much much more.
The poster will give you a overview of the schedule of events, more details will follow as we negotiate prices for all the activities and food/beverage services. Once this is ratified we will be sending out the registration forms and fees to be sent in. We will also have a cut off date in case of cancellations and we will refund. We will also be asking for T-Shirt sizes and selection of meal choices. Danny Goss will be coordinating a round of golf, more details to follow. We will also have a Island M/C ride and hopefully once more a boat ride to the Confederation Bridge.
Anything else please let me know. Looking forward to another great reunion
Carl and the ISLAND MP’S
Message received from the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal
I am pleased to inform you that LCol Renée Point was promoted to the rank of Colonel on 21 December. She will assume the position of Senior Advisor Security and Force Protection at Canadian Joint Operations Command, replacing Col Brian Frei who is retiring effective 7 January 2019.
Please join me in congratulating Col Point in achieving this significant milestone in her CAF/MP career.
Message reçu du grand prévôt des Forces canadiennes
J'ai le plaisir de vous annoncer que le 21 décembre, le lcol Renée Point a été promue au grade de colonel. Elle occupera le poste de conseillère principale, Sécurité et protection de la force au Commandement des opérations interarmées du Canada en remplacement du col Brian Frei qui prendra sa retraite le 7 janvier 2019.
De Joignez-vous a moi afin de féliciter le col Point d’avoir franchi cette étape significative dans sa carrière au sein de la PM et des FAC.
Military Police personnel who served between the 1960s and 1990s will almost certainly remember the satirical and sometimes risqué cartoons of Sergeant Doug Scott (Retired), best known by his signature name Scotty. Many younger MP Branch members may be unfamiliar with this talented artist whose illustrations often featured military police themes. Read the full story about Scotty and view his cartoons here.
Image adapted from the cover artwork of the Scotty Cartoons book published in 1974 to
support the Military Police Fund for Blind Children. Used with the kind permission of Doug Scott.
This is the first in the new "Looking Back" series of web articles that will explore various historical aspects of the Canadian Military Police Branch, Security Branch and pre-unification service police predecessors. We hope you will check back regularly to view future articles in this series.
Info received from Carl
I have received numerous calls/emails regarding the possibility of another MP Veterans reunion here in Summerside. The ISLAND MP’S once more will consider this great event to be held here July 25-28 2019. The last reunion held here in 2014 was a major success with 281 in attendance. For those of you who were here in 2014 I’m sure the memories are still with you. For most of us retired MP’S our friends from our past service are seldom in our lives as most live miles apart, A REUNION IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND SOCIALIZE WITH OUR BUDDIES THAT WE HAVE NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE WITH FOR SO MANY YEARS. Also, a great opportunity for our wives to meet, as with us serving members our wives were always at our side and made many friends over the years.
In order to plan such a reunion, accommodations, venue and funding are needed but above all need attendees. The venue, same as 2014 has been secured as well as accommodations at the Loyalist Country Inn and the Quality Inn, all tentative of course, at this date.
NOTICE ONLY: All I need at this point is a note from those who would consider attending, once we get sufficient numbers to confirm the event we will go out to all with the details and registration. Thus far without any notice I have 30 on the list.
You will probably receive a number of notices from various systems so I apologize in advance but this is necessary to ensure we reach as many retired: CProC; AFP and MP’s as possible.
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
From the CFMPA RSM,
CWO Ridley, MMM, CD.
On behalf of LCol Battista, CD and all members of the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy (CFMPA) I would like to cordially invite our distinguished MP Veterans to our upcoming MPQL3 Red Beret Ceremony and Graduation. Please see below information:
Loc: Dyte Hall, Bldg A-78, CFB Borden (Off Craftsman Road)
Time/date: 0900 hrs, 11 Dec 18
Dress: The dress of this event for honoured veterans/ former members is suitable civilian attire. Those wishing to wear medals/ headdress are invited to do so.
Loc: Dyte Hall, Bldg A-78, CFB Borden (Off Craftsman Road)
Time/date: 1330 hrs, 12 Dec 18
Dress: The dress of this event for honoured veterans/ former members is suitable civilian attire. Those wishing to wear medals/ headdress are invited to do so.
Please note, it is recommended you arrive 15 min early for seating. BGen Trudeau will be the RO for the Grad Parade and our Veteran Mentors will share the duties for the Red Beret Ceremony. Following the Grad Parade will be a reception at CFMPA.
Please RSVP to me if you are able to attend.
We look forward to seeing you all!
Received from Greg Losier
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Be advised that effective 22 Dec 18, the MP Kit shop will be closed
for the Holidays and there will be no shipments until 7 Jan 2019.
There will be no delivery of Departure Gifts,
Retirement Credentials or Kit shop Orders during our closure.
Soyez avisé qu'à compter du 22 décembre 18, le magasin de Fourniment
sera fermé pour les vacances et qu'il n'y aura aucune
Livraison jusqu'au 7 janvier 2019.
Il n’y aura pas de livraison de cadeaux de départ,
lettres de Crédit de Retraite de ou de commandes du magasin
de fourniment lors de notre fermeture.
il a été porté à notre attention que certaines informations d'identification sur les insignes de retraités en français qui furent inscrites avaient été mal libellées, à la fois sur l'insigne et / ou sur la carte d'identité. Nous avons appris que les mots RETIRÉ ou RETIRÉE étaient utilisés à la fois sur les insignes et les cartes d’identité délivrés à certains membres.
Le libellé approprié devrait être RETRAITÉ ou RETRAITÉE.
Si vous êtes en possession de l'un de ses insignes et / ou de la carte d'identité qui furent mal libellés et que vous souhaitez en obtenir un autre, veuillez les envoyer à l'adresse suivante:
CMPA/ MP Kit shop
PO Box 712
Assurez-vous d'inclure votre adresse de retour complète.
Si vous avez également besoin d’une nouvelle carte d’identité de retraité/retraitée, veuillez envoyer une photo à email@example.com
Une fois reçu, un nouvel insigne et / ou une nouvelle carte d'identité vous seront délivrés gratuitement. De plus, si vous ne l'avez pas déjà fait, veuillez remplir l'annexe A du règlement 1 sur l'adhésion et l'envoyer avec votre demande. https://www.cmpa-apmc.org/uploads/7/1/9/7/71970193/by_law_1_-_annex_a_-_cmpa-membership-application-form-french_revised_1_dec_18.pdf
Ainsi, vous serez converti gratuitement en membre à vie.
L'ACPM regrette tous les inconvénients que cela a pu causer.
Good Day, it has come to our attention that some previously issued French Retirement Credentials were issued with the wrong wording on both the Badge and/or ID Card.
We have learned that the wording “RETIRE” or RETIREE was used on both the badges and ID Cards issued to some members. The proper wording should be RETRAITE or RETRAITEE.
If you are in possession of one of the improperly worded badges and/or ID card and you would like a replacement, please mail them to the following address
CMPA/ MP Kit shop
PO Box 712
Ensure to include your full return address. If you require a new Retired ID Card also, please send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once received a new badge and/or ID card will be issued to you at no charge. Furthermore, if you have not already done so, please complete Annex A to Membership By-Law 1 https://www.cmpa-apmc.org/uploads/7/1/9/7/71970193/by_law_1_-_annex_a_-_cmpa-membership-application-form-english_-_revised_6_jul.pdf
and send it along with your request, by doing so, you will be converted to Life Member at no charge.
The CMPA regrets any inconvenience this has caused.
25 November 1951
The 27th Brigade Provost Detachment was formed in Hanover, West Germany. This unit would later be renamed No. 4 Provost Platoon in November 1958. In 1968, the unit would undergo a 3rd name change – 4 MP Platoon and would remain in place until it was stood down in 1992 with the withdrawal of Canadian Forces from Europe.
The seven members of the Canadian Provost Corps shown in the above photograph are believed to have been serving in Germany in the Early fifties at the time the photo was taken.
The RCMP HQ Ottawa (Barrhaven) is looking for dedicated and qualified former police officers to enhance and support several units within the organization. Various opportunities requiring a variety of skill sets and experience are available and the screening process will begin within the month.
Please see the accompanying "call out" document for further information. There is also a document describing the business lines within RCMP Federal Policing and a pamphlet describing the Security Intelligence Background Section of the RCMP.
Thank you in advance for your assistance,
Strategic Business Management Initiatives,Federal Policing
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
73 Leikin Dr. Ottawa ON K1A 0R2
Passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on October 13, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Odette Osborne for 48 years. He was the most awesome father to Paula Osborne (Tanyssa, Shannel) and Lynn Schoug (Wally, Zachary, Haley, Blake, Kassandra, Emily and Jayden). He will be greatly missed by his sister Bonnie Loder and brother Colin (Jana) Osbourne and a large circle of family and friends.
Visitation will be held at the:
Westboro Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes,
403 Richmond Rd, Ottawa (at Roosevelt Ave)
On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Memorial service on Thursday, October 18, 2018 in the Chapel at 2:30pm. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Ottawa Heart Institute. Condolences, tributes and donations may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com
The inaugural issue of "Thunderbird Journal" is published as an official periodical of the Security Branch. The Thunderbird Journal would remain in print for nearly 16 years.
You can catch up on back issues of Thunderbird Journal here on the CMPA website.
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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A message from CWO Crystal Krammer, outgoing Military Police Branch Chief:
"I am in midst of finishing off a project at the Academy before I depart, and I require your assistance.
I am looking for a high resolution picture of an early C Pro C member. This picture will be blown up to about 10 feet.
I currently had submitted one but the graphics designer has indicated that it is not of good enough quality. (it was taken from the internet)
Could you please see what you have in your arsenals for me? I am particularly looking for a gentlemen standing and perhaps looking left.
If you have something can you please send it to my civilian e-mail email@example.com.
All CMPA members are cordially invited to the upcoming Change of Command ceremony Brigadier-General R.P. Delaney, OMM, CD and Brigadier-General S. Trudeau, CD.
The ceremony will take place The ceremony, which is scheduled for Monday, 28 May 2018, at 1000 hrs, will take place at Cartier Square Drill Hall, 2 Queen Elisabeth Dr., Ottawa.
The event is open to all serving and retired members of the CMPA, however, it is requested that you RSVP before 18 May 2018 by contacting Nicole.Vidal@forces.gc.ca. Note, seating is limited and there is no guarantee to have a seat upon arrival.
Dress for all attendees is DEU 1A for military personnel, and business suit or equivalent for civilians.
Attendees are asked to be seated by 0945 hrs, and a reception for invited guests will follow the parade.
Additional details are contained in the downloadable invitation.