Halifax Regional Police is pleased to announce that three of our employees – Inspector Lindsay Hernden, Staff Sergeant Darrell Gaudet and Dr. Verona Singer – were invested in the Order of Merit of the Police Forces on Friday, September 18 at a ceremony, held at Rideau Hall and presided over by His Excellency the Right Honourable Dave Johnston, Governor General of Canada, who is chancellor of the Order.
The Order of Merit of the Police Forces was created in 2000 to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of Canadian police forces whose contributions extend beyond protection of the community. Three levels of membership reflect long-term, outstanding service: Commander (C.O.M.), Officer (O.O.M.) and Member (M.O.M.).
Insp. Lindsay Hernden was invested in the Order for his vision and leadership in police training, for which he has been sought locally, provincially and nationally. He has been the driving force behind the creation of leading-edge training programs for HRP officers for nearly two decades. He’s our resident expert in police tactics, and the brainchild and hands-on leader of our Emergency Response Team which is now available 24/7. Further, he’s involved in the community in which he lives and is extremely dedicated to our policing community.
S/Sgt. Darrell Gaudet was appointed to the order for his exemplary work in law enforcement, particularly in the area of criminal investigations. His accomplishments include putting a dent in international drug smuggling and money laundering, and supporting survivors of juvenile prostitution so that they can escape violence and victimization. He is known for his exceptional interrogation skills and willingly shares his vast knowledge with police agencies at the provincial, national and international levels. He is also active in his community both inside and outside of policing.
And last but certainly not least, Dr. Verona Singer was invested in the Order for her dedication to improving HRP’s and our community’s services to victims of intimate partner violence and sexual violence during her 18-year career in policing. She has bridged the gap between police and service providers in our community and province. She is also a scholar who has shared her doctoral research with HRP and the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, resulting in further enhancements to victim service.
Congratulations, Insp. Hernden, Staff Gaudet and Dr. Singer! You’ve done HRP and our community proud!
Following are the HRP employees who have been invested in the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (in alphabetical order by rank):
- Chief (Ret'd) Frank Beazley, O.O.M.
- Chief Jean-Michel Blais, M.O.M
- Deputy Chief (Ret'd) Tony Burbridge, O.O.M.
- Deputy Chief (Ret'd) Chris McNeil, O.O.M.
- Deputy Chief Bill Moore, O.O.M.
- Superintendent Robin McNeil, M.O.M
- Superintendent (Ret'd) Don Spicer, O.O.M.
- Inspector Lindsay Hernden, M.O.M.
- Staff Sergeant Darrell Gaudet, M.O.M.
- Glen Selig (civilian – Ret’d), M.O.M.
- Dr. Verona Singer (civilian), M.O.M.