Chief Paul Martin proudly led a large contingent of DRPS officers, Auxiliary members and civilians at the 39th annual Canadian Police and Peace Officers' Memorial march and service in Ottawa on Sept. 25th
In 1998, the federal government proclaimed the last Sunday of September as Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day - an opportunity for Canadians to express their appreciation and gratitude for police and peace officers who have lost their lives keeping communities safe.
On Sept. 26 on a sunny but chilly morning in downtown Ottawa, Chief Paul Martin and members of the DRP paid their respects to the over 850 fallen officers on the Honour Roll. They marched with hundreds of other officers along Wellington Street to the front lawn of the federal parliament building.
This year, five additional officers were added to the Honour role, including three historic losses and two officers who died in the past year: Const. Sarah Beckett of the RCMP and Const. Thierry Leroux of Lac Simon First Nations Police Service.
The DRPS Pipes & Drums joined about a dozen other pipe bands from across Canada to play in the parade as hundreds of Ottawa citizens and visitors lined the streets to show their support.
The DRPS was well represented on the running and cycling teams that made their way from Toronto and Aylmer, Ontario to the nation's capital to join in the ceremony. The National Police Officers' Memorial Run was a 460 km relay that took over three days to complete and originated at the Ontario Police Memorial at Queen's Park in downtown Toronto.
The Canadian Police Memorial Ride to Remember started at the Ontario Police College near London, Ontario and involved 140 participants this year.
DRPS On the March (JPG file, 581.1K bytes)
DRPS Marches at the CPPOM (JPG file, 523.5K bytes)
DRPS Senior Officers March (JPG file, 320.7K bytes)
DRP Auxiliary Members Proud to Participate (JPG file, 434.5K bytes)
Chief Chats with Honour Guard Before Parade Begins (JPG file, 270.1K bytes)
Forming Up Prior to March (JPG file, 339.8K bytes)