Sgt. Mike Hunter recipient of Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal
At the North Bay Police Services Board meeting this morning, Sergeant Mike Hunter, North Bay Police Service, was honoured to accept the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal for his service in 2011, when he was attached to the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) through the RCMP International Police Peace Operations Program and worked in the Field Implementation Office overseeing EUPOL Provincial Reconstruction Team training and mentoring Afghanistan National Police.
Sgt. Hunter has been a police officer since 1987 and is currently assigned Sergeant on platoon. He has served in the Service’s criminal investigations, street crime, traffic and patrol sections. He served with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves for four years. In 2010, he was awarded the Arthur Troop Scholarship to travel to the Gimborn Academy in Germany to study UN policing. Once there he spent time with police services in Köhn and Koblenz, where he gained experience with their river, helicopter and tactical units. Sgt. Hunter currently serves as Officer in Charge for the North Bay Police Service’s Emergency Response Team, Executive Director on the North Bay Police Association, member of Critical Incident Debriefing Team, Colour Sergeant for the North Bay Police Service’s Ceremonial Unit, and member of the International Police Association.
About the CPSM
The Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal is a circular medal, 36 mm diameter. In the centre of the obverse is three figures of unarmed observer. Above them flies a dove. The words “PEACEKEEPING” and “SERVICE DE LA PAIX” are written around the three figures separated by two maple leafs on either side. In the centre of the reverse is the Queen’s Cypher on a maple leaf, surrounded by two sprigs of laurel and the word “CANADA”. A single-toe claw attaches to the top of the medal and to the centre of a straight, slotted bar. There is a maple leaf centred on the slotted bar.
The ribbon is 32 mm wide and consists of a central stripe of United Nations blue on each side of which are stripes of white, red and green. The blue in the official colour of the United Nations, organisation under which authority most of the peacekeeping missions are conducted, the green represents service, the white is the colour of peace, and the red represents the bloodshed in the service of peace. Red and white are also the official colours of Canada, as appointed by King George V in 1921.