Sûreté du Québec

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Montreal, Quebec
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Shields of Office and Shields for the major branches
March 15, 2005
Vol. IV, p. 473

Arms of the Sûreté du Québec
Arms of the Sûreté du Québec
Shield of Office for the Assistant Director General of the Geographic Surveillance General Directorate Shield of Office for the Assistant Director General of the Criminal Investigations General Directorate Shield of Office for the Director General of the Sûreté du Québec Shield of Office for the Assistant Director General of the Institutional Affairs General Directorate Shield of Office for the Assistant Director General of the Administration General Directorate Shield for the Geographic Surveillance General Directorate of the Sûreté du Québec Shield for the Criminal Investigations General Directorate of the Sûreté du Québec Shield for the Senior Executive Committee of the Sûreté du Québec Shield for the Institutional Affairs General Directorate of the Sûreté du Québec Shield for the Administration General Directorate of the Sûreté du Québec
 
Arms of the Sûreté du Québec

Arms of the Sûreté du Québec

Blazon

Chequy Vert and Or, a fleur-de-lis Argent;

Symbolism

The chequy covering of the entire surface of the shield is a powerful, striking symbol. The check pattern and right-angled divisions symbolize order and authority. Alternating the colours symbolizes constancy and planning. The check pattern also conveys the ideas of systematic surveillance and territorial protection. The fleur de lis, a central feature of the Sûreté’s emblem adopted in 1983, refers to the fleurs-de-lis on the Quebec flag and the iris versicolor, which has been Quebec’s floral emblem since 1999.

Crest

Blazon

A snowy owl rising affronty proper;

Symbolism

The snowy owl, Quebec’s avian symbol since 1987, symbolizes the conservation of resources and the concern of Quebeckers for their environment and quality of life. It symbolizes the whiteness of Quebec winters, the settling in a semi northern climate, and the vast expanse of the territory. It represents the virtues of vigilance, observation and protection.

Supporters

Blazon

Two moose proper, that to the dexter supporting the Flag of the Province of Quebec (Azure a cross between four fleurs-de-lis Argent), that to the sinister supporting the Flag of the Sûreté du Québec (Vert on a Canadian pale Or, the Badge of the Sûreté du Québec, vis, On a hurt a fleur-de-lis Argent all within an annulus Or inscribed SÛRETÉ DU QUÉBEC and POLICE in letters Sable, encircled by a wreath of oak leaves Or, above the Motto of the Sûreté du Québec), the supporters standing on a grassy mound set with birch and oak branches proper fructed Or;

Symbolism

The moose, king of Quebec’s forests, symbolizes pride and righteousness and commands respect. Found in abundance in Abitibi, the moose refers to the establishment of the first regional Sûreté post. It also symbolizes the legislated role of all Sûreté du Québec officers to act as wildlife officers. The oak leaves have been part of the Sûreté’s emblem since 1983, and the yellow birch has been Quebec’s official tree since 1999.

Motto

Blazon

SERVICE INTÉGRITÉ JUSTICE;

Symbolism

SERVICE INTÉGRITÉ JUSTICE, meaning “Service integrity justice,” was adopted by the Sûreté du Québec in 1983. SERVICE characterizes the desire to serve the public and continuously meet the expectations of Quebeckers. INTÉGRITÉ suggests that police officers must be exemplary in the performance of their duties. JUSTICE refers to the Sûreté’s legislative mandate.

Shield of Office for the Assistant Director General of the Geographic Surveillance General Directorate

Shield of Office for the Assistant Director General of the Geographic Surveillance General Directorate

Blazon

Azure, the Insignia of an Assistant Director General (Two batons in saltire charged with fleurs-de-lis and resting on two oak leaves) Argent, a chief of the Sûreté du Québec;

Symbolism

The blue shield identifies the Geographic Surveillance General Directorate. Shields of Office were created for each Assistant Director General. They include a “chief” stylized after the arms of the Sûreté, as well as specific colours and batons.

Shield of Office for the Assistant Director General of the Criminal Investigations General Directorate

Shield of Office for the Assistant Director General of the Criminal Investigations General Directorate

Blazon

Gules, the Insignia of an Assistant Director General (Two batons in saltire charged with fleurs-de-lis and resting on two oak leaves) Argent, a chief of the Sûreté du Québec;

Symbolism

The red shield identifies the Criminal Investigations General Directorate. Shields were created for each Assistant Director General. They includes a “chief” stylized after the arms of the Sûreté, as well as specific colours and batons.

Shield of Office for the Director General of the Sûreté du Québec

Shield of Office for the Director General of the Sûreté du Québec

Blazon

Argent the Insignia of the Director General (A baton fesswise enwreathed with oak leaves, inscribed 1870 and resting on two oak leaves) Or, a chief of the Sûreté du Québec (Chequy Vert and Or, a fleur-de-lis Argent);

Symbolism

The white shield identifies the Director General. It includes a “chief” stylized after the arms of the Sûreté, as well as a baton representing authority, adopted by the Sûreté du Québec in 1983.

Shield of Office for the Assistant Director General of the Institutional Affairs General Directorate

Shield of Office for the Assistant Director General of the Institutional Affairs General Directorate

Blazon

Vert, the Insignia of an Assistant Director General (Two batons in saltire charged with fleurs-de-lis and resting on two oak leaves) Argent, a chief of the Sûreté du Québec;

Symbolism

The green shield identifies the Institutional Affairs General Directorate. Shields were created for each Assistant Director General. They include a “chief” stylized after the arms of the Sûreté, as well as specific colours and batons.

Shield of Office for the Assistant Director General of the Administration General Directorate

Shield of Office for the Assistant Director General of the Administration General Directorate

Blazon

Or, the Insignia of an Assistant Director General (Two batons in saltire charged with fleurs-de-lis and resting on two oak leaves) Argent, a chief of the Sûreté du Québec;

Symbolism

The yellow shield identifies the Administration General Directorate. Shields were created for each Assistant Director General. They include a “chief” stylized after the arms of the Sûreté, as well as specific colours and batons.

Shield for the Geographic Surveillance General Directorate of the Sûreté du Québec

Shield for the Geographic Surveillance General Directorate of the Sûreté du Québec

Blazon

The shield of Arms of the Sûreté du Québec within a bordure Azure;

Symbolism

The blue bordure identifies the Geographic Surveillance General Directorate.

Shield for the Criminal Investigations General Directorate of the Sûreté du Québec

Shield for the Criminal Investigations General Directorate of the Sûreté du Québec

Blazon

The Arms of the Sûreté du Québec within a bordure Gules;

Symbolism

The red bordure identifies the Criminal Investigations General Directorate.

Shield for the Senior Executive Committee of the Sûreté du Québec

Shield for the Senior Executive Committee of the Sûreté du Québec

Blazon

The Arms of the Sûreté du Québec within a bordure Argent;

Symbolism

The white bordure identifies the Senior Executive Committee.

Shield for the Institutional Affairs General Directorate of the Sûreté du Québec

Shield for the Institutional Affairs General Directorate of the Sûreté du Québec

Blazon

The Arms of the Sûreté du Québec within a bordure Vert;

Symbolism

The green bordure identifies the Institutional Affairs General Directorate.

Shield for the Administration General Directorate of the Sûreté du Québec

Shield for the Administration General Directorate of the Sûreté du Québec

Blazon

The Arms of the Sûreté du Québec within a bordure Or;

Symbolism

The yellow bordure identifies the Administration General Directorate.

 

Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the letters patent was made on October 29, 2005 in Volume 139, page 3450 of the Canada Gazette.

Letters patent granting heraldic emblems to the Sûreté du Québec

Additional Information

Creator(s)

Original concept of Claire Boudreau, Saint-Laurent Herald, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter

David Farrar

Calligrapher

Shirley Mangione

Recipient Type

Civil Institution
Provincial & Territorial (Agency and other)