Final medal parade for Canadian police in Afghanistan includes Islander

Darlene Shea
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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Thirty-seven Canadian police officers serving in Afghanistan were recently recognized for their service during a medal presentation held at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  
Prince Edward Island’s Sgt. Bob Fogarty was among those recognized.

Prince Edward Island’s Sgt. Bob Fogarty (far right) was among the Canadian police officers recognized for their service in Afghanistan recently during a medal presentation held at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The medal presentation was the last of the current mission, marking more than 10 years of Canadian police service in Afghanistan. Among the contingent, 19 police officers received their Operational Service Medal, while 33 were given the RCMP’s International Peace Operations Commemorative coin.

During the ceremony, the Canadian police commander, RCMP Chief Superintendent Marion Lamothe, presented a plaque to Ambassador Deborah Lyons, thanking her and her predecessors for their support of Canadian police efforts over the past decade. He also presented recognition plaques to the Canadian defence attaché, two administrative officers and security personnel.

In addition, several police officers received their long service medals, including one member of the Calgary Police and two RCMP members who work at Ottawa headquarters supporting police in mission.

“One of the most impressive aspects of the Canadian contribution in Afghanistan has been our policing effort,” said Ambassador Lyons. “Canadian police officers have been able to reach across the cultural and institutional barriers to galvanize an Afghan-led effort with real transformative potential.”

Attending the ceremony were senior police officers from Canada, including Assistant Commissioner Todd Shean  from the RCMP’s Federal Policing.  

“It was an honour to personally thank Canadian police officers in Afghanistan for their service to the mission, and to see first-hand how their efforts are making a difference,” said A/Commr. Shean. “We are proud of Canadian police contributions to international efforts over the past 10 years to build the Afghan National Police.”

The current Canadian police mission in Afghanistan will end in March. Today, 41 police officers from seven services across Canada are serving as trainers and advisors to the Afghan National Police.

Did you know?

  • Since the first deployment of Canadian police to Afghanistan in June 2003, nearly 300 police officers from across Canada have served on six missions in that country, starting with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. 

 

  • 2014 will mark 25 years of Canadian police participation in international peace operations; 100 RCMP members first deployed to the United Nations mission in Namibia in 1989. Since then, more than 3,000 Canadian police have served on nearly 60 missions in 30 countries.

 

Organizations: RCMP, Operational Service, Calgary Police United Nations

Geographic location: Afghanistan, Canada, Ottawa Namibia

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