Governor General of Canada David Johnston congratulates Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans after presenting her with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces at Rideau Hall in Ottawa Friday.

Governor General of Canada David Johnston congratulates Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans after presenting her with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces at Rideau Hall in Ottawa Friday.

OTTAWA— Peel Regional Police Chief and Superintendent Brian Adams were in Ottawa recently to receive the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

The chief and superintendent were presented with the order by the Governor General of Canada during ceremonies at Rideau Hall Friday.

Peel Police Services Board Chair Emil Kolb offered congratulations.

“On behalf of the board, our regional council, and every resident of the Region of Peel, I want to offer congratulations to Chief Evans and Superintendent Adams for this significant achievement,” Kolb said in a released statement. “This reflects well on them, and it also reflects on our entire organization, which is committed to the delivery of police services at the highest level.”

The order of merit was created in 2000 to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of Canadian police forces whose contributions extend beyond protection of the community. The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development.

Three levels of membership with post-nominal letters reflect long-term, outstanding service: Commander (C.O.M.), Officer (O.O.M.) and Member (M.O.M.). Evans was named an officer and Adams became a member.

“It is significant that this is a national award being given to our chief and one of our senior officers,” Kolb added. “I believe it reflects the fact that the Peel Regional Police has long learned the value of working with other police services in a joint effort to continue to make our region, and our country, among the safest in the world.”;