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Recognizing Exemplary Service

McGuinty Government Welcomes Recognition For Ontario's Conservation Officers

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Twenty-eight conservation officers from across southern Ontario are receiving Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medals in recognition of 20 years of exemplary service.

Awarded under the authority of the Governor General's Office, this is the first year that Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers are eligible for the medal. Six of the 28 conservation officers also received an additional bar in recognition of 30 years of service. Conservation officers are law enforcement professionals trained to protect the province's natural resources and have powers of inspection, arrest, search and seizure under various statutes.

An additional 47 conservation officers are being recognized at similar events across the province this fall.

Quick Facts

  • Canada's Exemplary Service Medals recognize the men and women dedicated to preserving Canada's public safety through long and outstanding service.
  • The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal was created by the Governor General in June 2004, to recognize peace officers who have served in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.
  • Conservation officers enforce a range of statutes, including the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act, Small Vessel Regulations, Liquor Licence Act and Fisheries Act.

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“The conservation officers receiving this medal have demonstrated excellence and exceptional dedication to the protection and conservation of Ontario's natural resources. I know they will wear these medals proudly.”

Donna Cansfield

Minister of Natural Resources

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