Police Chief Cook & OPP Commissioner Lewis being celebrated PictureFriday, October 04, 2013 by: Kate AdamsNorth Bay Police Chief Paul Cook poses with Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada following Order of Merit of the Police Forces ceremony Friday. Photo provided.
Today North Bay Police Chief Paul Cook will be promoted to Officer by Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada during an investiture ceremony for the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in La Citadelle de Québec.
Cook is one of 23 officers, including OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis who will be elevated to the rank of Commander, being recognised outstanding service demonstrated during thier career.
Officer (O.O.M.) Rank: The Officer of the Order of Merit recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility over an extended period, usually at the regional or provincial level.
Commander (C.O.M.) Rank: The Commander of the Order of Merit recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility over an extended period, usually at the national or international level.
Chief Cook is both honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious recognition for Governor General Johnston.
“I am incredibly honoured to have been nominated by my peers and to receive this distinguished award from the Governor General of Canada," Lewis noted in a news release Friday.
It is a tremendous vote of confidence in the dedicated men and women of the Ontario Provincial Police. Now in my 36th year in policing, and as Commissioner, I continue to feel immense pride in our profession and in the contributions of the extraordinary people that I have the honour to lead,”
Lewis becomes the first Canadian police leader to be elevated through all three levels of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.