Stratford Police Chief Earns Order Of Merit

Stratford Police Chief John Bates has been appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Stratford’s police chief has been appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

The Order of Merit was created in 2000, to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members of the Canadian Police Forces.

Chief John Bates will be inducted into the Order on Tuesday by Governor General David Johnston, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

Chief Bates says he is honoured to have been appointed to the order. He says going to Rideau Hall for the ceremony will be a humbling experience as a number of his friends and colleagues will also be invested into the order.

This isn’t the chief’s first award. In 2005 he was awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, in 2012.