Police Exemplary Service Medal



The Police Exemplary Service Medal, created on August 12, 1983, recognizes police officers who have served in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency. Recipients must have completed 20 years of full-time service with one or more recognized Canadian police forces. Full-time police cadets in training also qualify for the award. Consideration is given only to periods of service for which no other national long service, good conduct or efficiency decoration has been awarded.

Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canadian Forces are ineligible. However, full-time exemplary service of former members of the RCMP and Military Police of the Canadian Forces may qualify where that service has not been recognized by award of the RCMP Long Service and Good Conduct Medal or the Canadian Forces Decoration, respectively. The Medal may be awarded posthumously.

Description: a circular medal:

  • on the obverse of which are the Scales of Justice, superimposed on a stylized maple leaf, and circumscribed with EXEMPLARY SERVICE . SERVICES DISTINGUÉS, and
  • on the reverse of which is the Royal Cipher
  • the Medal is suspended from a ribbon of five equal stripes, two gold and three blue; a Bar, bearing a stylized maple leaf, may be awarded to a recipient of the Medal for each additional 10-year period of full-time service with one or more Canadian police forces.

Nomination form

A new electronic nomination form has been developed to facilitate the nomination process. Click on the link below to get started.

Please note the following:

  • As of May 12, 2015, only electronic forms will be accepted by the Chancellery of Honours.
  • More than one nomination can be listed on each form.
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  1. If you do not already have Adobe Reader, download the latest version for free from the Adobe website.

  2. Save the blank form on your computer desktop.

  3. Use Adobe Reader to Open the file.

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  4. Fill in all fields and carefully review the information for accuracy.

  5. Save the completed form.

  6. Attach the completed form to an email and send it to the next level for approval.

    PLEASE NOTE: Each user must click on the "Recommend" button to identify that it has been approved at each level.

  7. The last person to approve the nomination(s) must send the completed form (via e-mail only) to ESM-MSE-NOMINATIONS@gg.ca, for processing by the Chancellery of Honours.

Require assistance?

If you experience difficulties downloading or viewing the nomination form, a copy of it can be sent to you via email.

For more information or technical assistance on the nomination process or the Exemplary Service Medal program, please contact us, by telephone at (toll-free) 1-800-465-6890, or by email at ESM-MSE-NOMINATIONS@gg.ca.​