RCMP officer awarded French Defense Medal

C/Supt Maureen Levy with Vancouver French Consul General Philippe Sutter

B.C. Lower Mainland District, International Policing

2021-02-17 11:37 PST

The French government awarded Chief Superintendent Maureen Levy, Lower Mainland District RCMP and Assistant District Commander with the French National Defense Medal – Bronze, for her work as a peacekeeper in Iraq in 2018.

The French medal was awarded to her by the Vancouver French Consul General Philippe Sutter, at a special ceremony held today at British Columbia RCMP Headquarters at Green Timbers, Surrey.

Chief Superintendent Levy was deployed to Iraq as part of the Combined Joint Task Force Iraq – Operation Inherent Resolve. This was an international Coalition that was comprised of seventy-four member states and five international partners with the goal to defeat Daesh.

The French National Defense Medal is awarded to someone who has rendered honourable services particularly important to the defence of France. It was created in 1982 by a French Defense Minister.

While in Iraq, Chief Superintendent Levy served as the Chief Gender Advisor for the Coalition under the command of the French General of J9, General Staff of the Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

A strong commitment for the general interest led her to outstanding results in favour of the coalition, especially in regard to awareness and inclusion of respect as to gender equality within Iraqi police and land army training, said Consul General Philippe Sutter during today’s ceremony.

More can be found about C/Supt Levy’s career.

Mr. Sutter added, Chief Superintendent Maureen Levy represented proudly the Canadian Police and contributed widely to the full success of the French coalition operation Chammal in Irak.

C/Supt. Levy said that her deployment to Iraq was the pinnacle of her career to date and that she was fortunate and privileged to work alongside the French Coalition military and other Coalition military personnel with the goal to defeat Daesh. Knitting communities back together, whether in Canada, Iraq or other parts of the world with the view to help create safe and secure communities requires an inclusive approach. French General Jean-Marc Vigilant played a vital and integral role in this regard as he was truly a champion for inclusivity and diversity during our tour in Iraq and it was indeed a privilege and honor to work alongside him.

I am honoured and humbled to receive this medal from Vancouver French Consul General Philippe Sutter and I want to thank the RCMP and the Government of Canada for enabling me to lend a hand to a fragile country that needed our help, says C/Supt. Levy.

For over 30 years, Canadian police have deployed to some of the world’s most fragile and conflict-affected areas. More than 4000 Canadian police officers have served on over 66 peace operations since the program began in 1989.

1 Comment

  1. Francois Hummell Supt.retired says:

    Congratulations to you. C/Supt Levy. I was Commander of the Canadian Contingent in Haiti and Director of Operations. To be honoured by the French is something to be proud of. In Haiti, the UN commissioner of Police was a French Officer at the time and was sent back for being incompatible with the agencies he had to work with.
    You and I understand fully well the difficulties you had to face during your tour of duty. It is a feat in itself. Wear the medal proudly; it is worth it’s weight in gold.
    Enjoy life. After your tour of duty, how grateful you must feel to be Canadian.
    We share the bond of having served representing our country and our force.

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