Cranbrook RCMP Cpl. Mitch Mercier received both a Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal and a Long Service Medal for his efforts overseas and with the RCMP.
Several awards were distributed by Brad Haugli, RCMP Chief Superintendent in Kelowna on October 11, 2019, where Mercier was recognized on two occasions.
First, Mercier received a Long Service Medal for more than 20 years of service to the RCMP.
As well, Mercier was given a Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal for his service in Bamyan, Afghanistan from November 2011 to November 2012, where he worked alongside the New Zealand Police Force as a mentor and advisor for the Afghan National Police and other area commanders.
“With his background and training, we are fortunate to have Cpl. Mercier’s level of experience at the Cranbrook Detachment” said Cst. Katie Forgeron with Cranbrook RCMP.
Mercier also recently returned from an overseas deployment in Ukraine. During his assignment, Mercier acted as a training advisor for Ukraine’s National Police Force while also mentoring and advising instructors in scenario-based training exercises.
Also in Kelowna for the Southeast District Awards Recognition Ceremony, Sgt. Chris Newel with the Kimberley RCMP also received the 2019 Police Officer Award.
More: Sgt. Chris Newel Receives 2019 Police Officer Award (October 15, 2019)