Ontario Salutes Peacekeepers - 2008
McGuinty Government Honours Contributions Of Police Officers
Ontario marked National Peacekeepers' Day today by paying tribute to the courage, commitment and sacrifice of Ontarians in peacekeeping operations worldwide.
Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ottawa, Greater Sudbury, Durham Regional, Peel Regional and Peterborough Lakefield police services are currently serving on peacekeeping missions in Haiti, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.
The presence of an international civilian police force is a key component in the rebuilding process in war torn societies. Officers from Ontario are in demand as peacekeepers for their expertise and professionalism to train local police forces and help restore the rule of law in many regions.
- The OPP has participated in 62 international policing missions since 1995, when the service began participating in the United Nations Policing program.
- Every day, more than 9,000 police officers from 92 countries go on patrol as international peacekeepers. They provide training, advise national policing services and help ensure compliance with human rights standards.
- August 9 was chosen as National Peacekeepers' Day to honour the nine Canadian peacekeepers who died on that date in 1974, when their plane was shot down over Syria. This incident marked Canada's worst ever one-day loss in peacekeeping operations.
“Ontarians take special pride in the contributions made by the men and women of the OPP and other police services who have served with distinction on many dangerous assignments in United Nations policing missions since 1995.”