Our Ministry recognizes the valuable contribution police and peace officers make to the security, safety, and well being of Albertans. This is done through three long service recognition awards for:
- Police members—Alberta Police Officer Long Service Recognition Medal
- Peace Officers—Alberta Peace Officer Long Service Recognition Medal
- RCMP Auxiliary Constables—Letters of Recognition
A copy of the Alberta Long Service Recognition Program Policy & Procedure Manual can be downloaded here.
The purpose of the medal is to recognize any person whose service equals or exceeds a period of 20 years in a police service in Alberta.
The medal is silver finished and displays the Alberta Rose with the wording Twenty Years Long Service on the front. The Alberta Coat of Arms is displayed on the reverse. The ribbon attached to the medal is blue with three stripes - two cream and one green.
The period served in a police service must have been within Alberta for 20 years or longer and does not include any period of leave to serve with the Armed Forces or another agency or organization, or any period of service outside of Alberta. Service in Lloydminster is only eligible if served after April 1, 2009 when the command of the RCMP detachment was transferred “F” Division to “K” Division in Alberta.
Up to five years of Military police service in Alberta can be counted toward the Alberta Police Officer Long Service Recognition Medal. If the periods of service are not continuous, or are with more than one police service, each period of service is calculated to the nearest month. And the total service must exceed 240 months.
Only under special circumstances, at the discretion of the Minister, can the medal be awarded to an individual who does not meet all eligibility criteria.
Any person who is eligible to receive this medal must be nominated by the Chief of Police or the Commanding Officer of the police service where he/she is a member.
Any police officer can complete a nomination form; however a cover letter should always be included, signed by the Chief of Police or Commanding Officer. The nomination form outlines the process.
Common practice for presentation of the Alberta Police Long Service Medal is for the Chief of Police or Commanding Officer of RCMP "K" Division to present these medals. Medals can be presented in the manner deemed appropriate by the service, recognizing federal ceremonial protocols and the Canadian Order of Precedence.
The Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, or designate, may preside over the presentation of these medals.
The Peace Officer Long Service Recognition Medal was developed by Alberta Justice in cooperation with the Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers (formerly Alberta Special Constables Association) and Alberta Transportation and Infrastructure to recognize any person whose peace officer service equals or exceeds a period of 20 years.
For the purpose of this award, a peace officer must have 20 years of service as a peace officer in Alberta, working in an enforcement capacity. If the periods of service are not continuous, or are with more than one authorized employer of peace officers, each period of service shall be calculated to the nearest month, and the total service shall exceed 240 months. A maximum of five (5) years of police service in Alberta can be credited towards the Peace Officer Long Service Medal. Police service means as a sworn member of a police service as defined in the Alberta Police Act or the RCMP.
If a peace officer has prior service with a police service, or military police in Alberta, a maximum of 5 years of previous service will be credited toward this medal.
Every person who is serving as a peace officer in Alberta at the time he/she has become eligible to receive the medal and every person who has retired or resigned from his/her duties as a peace officer, but is otherwise eligible to receive the medal may be nominated by an official of the authorized employer of peace officers with expenditure signing authority, local government authority or executive of the recognized Association representing peace officers. The nomination form outlines the process (PDF document).
For questions or to get additional information, please contact Stacy Monteath at Justice and Solicitor General.
Letters of Recognition
In 1994 the RCMP began to recognize auxiliary members who achieved 15 years of voluntary service. The RCMP, in cooperation with Solicitor General, developed a plaque and the department agreed to provide letters of recognition. In 2002 RCMP “K” Division policy was amended to have the Solicitor General sign letters of recognition for 15 years of service.
In 1998 Alberta Justice coordinated with RCMP “K” Division to provide letters of recognition for auxiliary members who had achieved 20 years of service. It was determined that the Premier would sign these letters. This was also incorporated into RCMP “K” Division policy.
In 2003 the Alberta Solicitor General coordinated with RCMP “K” Division to acknowledge auxiliary members who had achieved 25 years of service. It was determined that the Lieutenant Governor would sign these letters.