Last month the Governor General's office held the Order of Merit of Police Forces ceremony.

"Established in October 2000, the Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours the leadership and exceptional service, or distinctive merit displayed by Canadian Police Services and recognizes their commitment to Canada," it stated on the RCMP website. 

The Governor General of Canada, Honourable Mary Simon invested four members of the Alberta RCMP with the Order of Merit one being Strathmore's very own Staff Sergeant Mark Wielgosz. M.O.M. 

Staff Sergeant Wielgosz has demonstrated leadership in crime prevention, community engagement, and public safety during his career.

"His achievements are actively improving the safety of southern Alberta, and his ongoing volunteer efforts are helping to make communities more welcoming and inclusive.  Staff Sergeant Wielgosz is a role model among his peers and community."

To be nominated for this prestigious award, candidates must be irreproachable exemplified by good conduct, industry, and efficiency that serves as a model for others.

The other people who received the award are as follows:

  • Chief Superintendent Kevin Kunetzki, M.O.M.
  • Chief Superintendent Gary Graham, M.O.M.
  • Inspector Joel Whittaker, M.O.M.

"These officers demonstrate exceptional merit through their contributions to policing, community development, and fostering relationships among law enforcement, as well as between police and the communities they serve."

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