News Release – Chief Rick Bourassa, Moose Jaw Police Service was awarded with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces
Chief Rick Bourassa, Moose Jaw Police Service was awarded with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces
MOOSE JAW – Moose Jaw Police Chief Rick Bourassa was awarded with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces at a ceremony in Ottawa, Ontario on September 18. He was nominated for the award by Mayor Deb Higgins, Chair, Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners.
The ceremony was overseen by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
“We are exceptionally proud of Chief Bourassa for his contributions to our police force. He is wholly deserving of this honour,” said Mayor Deb Higgins.
The Order of Merit of the Police Forces was established in October 2000 and honours the leadership and exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Police Services, and recognizes their commitment to this country. The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Order’s Sovereign, the Governor General is its Chancellor and a Commander, and the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is its Principal Commander.
Chief Rick Bourassa, a native of Moose Jaw, is recognized for his 33 years of significant contributions to the profession of policing. His progressive leadership has earned the respect of police and the community by reducing crime, increasing safety and by building inclusive communities. He has contributed to policing at the local, provincial and national levels.
Chief Rick Bourassa served 30 years with Regina Police Service. He was Director of Court Security for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice before joining the Moose Jaw Police Service in the fall of 2013.
Mayor Deb Higgins, Chair, Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners
City of Moose Jaw
PHONE # (306) 694-4422
Police Chief Rick Bourassa
Moose Jaw Police Service
PHONE # (306) 694-7627
Photo: Courtesy Office of the Governor General
Photographer: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall
Cutline: His Excellency, David Johnston, presented the Order at the Member level to Chief Richard Bourassa, M.O.M., of the Moose Jaw Police Service, Saskatchewan.
Date: September 18, 2015