Ministry of Justice

Police Honours

Police Honours Night commenced in 1981 and provides an annual occasion for the province to recognize members of the RCMP and independent police services who have performed an exemplary service to the citizens of British Columbia. The honourees are selected by a committee comprised of representatives from the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police and the Policing and Security Programs Branch, Ministry of Justice. Police Honours Night is hosted by the Lieutenant Governor at Government House in Victoria.

Medals are presented for either valorous service or meritorious service. The criteria for the medals is listed below.

Medal for Valorous Service

Valorous Service

This is the highest award for a police officer in British Columbia and involves an act of exceptional valour in the face of extreme hazard. It is awarded to police officers who purposely took action for the benefit of others while knowing that, in doing so, they placed themselves at substantial risk of death or serious injury.

Medal for Meritorious Service

Meritorious Service

This is exemplary performance that enhances the image of police officers in British Columbia. It is awarded to police officers who clearly demonstrated that they acted in a manner significantly beyond the standard normally expected.