VicPD Chief and Deputies Receive National Honours

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Victoria BC – The Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board is pleased to announce that VicPD’s Chief Constable Frank Elsner, Deputy Chief Constable Steve Ing, and Deputy Chief Constable Del Manak have recently received national honours from the Governor General of Canada. 

On October 5th, His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, promoted Chief Elsner as an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces at an honours ceremony at the Citadelle in Quebec City. This is a promotion within the Order.  Prior to receiving this distinction, Chief Elsner was appointed as a Member of the Order of Merit on January 6th, 2011.

Deputy Chief Constables Ing and Manak were invested into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces at a Rideau Hall ceremony on September 18th.

“These national honours recognize the service and sacrifice of the senior leadership team of VicPD,” said Barb Desjardins, mayor of Esquimalt and co-chair of the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board.  “On behalf of the entire Police Board, it is my pleasure to formally congratulate the Chief and Deputies for these outstanding achievements.” 

“These honours commemorate a lifetime of service for these three officers and are very well deserved,” said Lisa Helps, mayor of Victoria and co-chair of the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board.  “This formal recognition of their service speaks to their dedication, commitment, and hard work over the entire span of their careers in policing.”    

Established in October 2000, the Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours the leadership and exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Police Services, and recognizes their commitment to this country. The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Order’s Sovereign, the governor general is its Chancellor and a Commander, and the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is its Principal Commander. 

Photos from the ceremonies are attached.  Due to the sensitive nature of much of their work, no individual citations are issued.  To learn more about the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, visit