To recognize a member’s service to the Military Police at the time of release or retirement
from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), members of the CMPA, whose membership is in
good standing, may receive a Departure Gift to commemorate their service.
Some restrictions apply.
Types of Departure Gifts
CMPA members of the Regular and Reserve Force, who were entitled to MP credentials during their military career, and who release or retire, may be presented with the CMPA Departure Gift of the following design:
- The CMPA Departure Gift will be in the form of a wooden shadow box containing a red and black backing and a lid with a viewing window;
- the member’s original MP badge may be mounted inside the shadow box. Where the original badge is not available, a replica will be used in its place and will be inscribed “Retired” or “Veteran” in place of a badge number, depending on whether the member is in receipt of an annuity; and
- an appropriate inscription that includes the member’s name and initials, rank (at time of release/retirement) Post Nominals and range of service (e.g. 1989 – 2017)
The CMPA Departure Gift should not be confused with the new MP Retirement Credentials which is a Retire Badge in a wallet.
To qualify for a CMPA Departure Gift, a member must satisfy all the following criteria:
- be a qualified member of the Military Police Branch at the time of retirement or release;
- have been honourably released from the Canadian Armed Forces;
- have continuous CMPA membership since joining the Military Police Branch (payback for delinquent membership is permitted). Those who have never been a member of CMPA are not eligible to receive a CMPA Departure Gift;
- be a member of the CMPA in good standing at the time of retirement/release. Determination of whether a member is in good standing upon retirement will be made by the CMPA Executive and will normally be based on the supporting recommendation of the Regional Director; and
- upon release/retiring, the member’s credentials must not be suspended or in the process of being suspended.
The Following conditions will render you ineligible for the CMPA Departure Gift
- If you were dishonourably released from the CAF, released prior to the resolution of an ongoing MP Professional Standards investigation or Conduct complaint,
- if your CMPA dues are not in good standing, you may not be eligible.
- If you have never been a member of the CMPA, you are not eligible to receive a CMPA Departure Gift.
How to Apply for the CMPA Departure Gift
- Ensure credentials are not suspended or in the process of being suspended.
- Full payment to cover any dues in arrears shall be made prior to purchasing the CMPA Departure Gift or completing the Departure Gift request form.
- For members in good standing, purchase the CMPA Departure Gift on line at the MP Kit Shop. Click here to be taken to the MP Kit shop and the Departure Gift.
- Only online payments will be accepted – NO Cash, Cheques, Money Orders, etc..
- Complete the Departure Gift request form at Annex A and attach a copy of the MP Kit shop invoice to the Departure Gift request form.
- Submit the forms electronically to the CMPA Departure gift Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org who will confirm the accuracy of the application and forward it to the CMPA Membership Director for confirmation and subsequent action.
- The application must be received no less than 45 days before the intended presentation date.
- NO Departure Gift Applications are to be sent by mail).
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Error in the Gift Plaque
Every attempt is made to ensure that the wording on the gift plaque is correct. If the plaque inscription is improperly worded, the CMPA will replace the plaque at no cost to the member unless the error is attributed to the member incorrectly completing the requisition form. In this instance a replacement plaque will be made at the retiring member’s expense.
For more information in relation to the CMPA Departure Gift, go to CMPA By Law number 5 - click here