On May 9, Canada marks a National Day of Honour to recognize and commemorate the 40,000 men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and the hundreds of police officers, diplomats, corrections workers, aid workers and other Canadians who contributed to the mission in Afghanistan
From 2003 to 2014, nearly 300 Canadian police officers from the RCMP and 22 municipal and provincial police services, including Halifax Regional Police, were deployed as part of a whole-of-government mission to Afghanistan. Overall, they contributed to training and advising nearly 23,000 Afghan National Police (ANP), with a goal to create sustainable and professional Afghan-led police services capable of enforcing the rule of law and human rights.
HRP Supt. Robin McNeil served in Afghanistan as part of this operation. HRP S/Sgt (Ret’d) Scott Burbridge, Sgt (Ret’d) Roscoe Larder and Sgt (Ret’d) Dale Rupert also deployed to Afghanistan with the RCMP retired officers program. Additionally, 7 HRP officers and one civilian deployed to Afghanistan with the Canadian Armed Forces prior to their employment with HRP.
Halifax Regional Police is proud of the contribution made by its members and honors the service and sacrifices of all Canadians who served in Afghanistan.
Events marking the National Day of Honour are being held in communities across Canada.