Four members of the Battlefords RCMP Detachment are recipients of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals.
The four were among many RCMP officers being recognized nationwide with Diamond Jubilee medals for significant achievement or distinguished service to their fellow citizens, to their communities or their country.
The honourees from Battlefords detachment are: Sgt. Nolan Losness, who is in charge of the detachment’s identification section; Cpl. Jeremy Andersen, a corporal on the watch in the city; Cpl. Gertrude Maxwell, who works in police-community relations and the victim services section; and Cpl. Tim Popp, assigned to the rural detachment of Battlefords RCMP.
Losness, Andersen and Maxwell received their medals June 4 from Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Schofield in a ceremony in Regina.
They were among over 100 RCMP officers from across Saskatchewan being honoured at that ceremony. Popp told the Regional Optimist the medals recognize service that goes above and beyond the ordinary duties of the RCMP, such as volunteer service to the community.
Popp expects to receive his medal sometime in the fall in a ceremony organized by the Royal Canadian Humane Association, who will present the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal to him for his hours volunteering with the organization, as well as his other activities. The Royal Canadian Humane Association is a national organization that recognizes deserving Canadians for acts of bravery.
Losness, who has a black belt in Karate, was honoured for his volunteer work helping teach karate in the Battlefords. Andersen’s medal is in connection to his hours of community volunteering while posted in a northern detachment before coming to the Battlefords, while Maxwell received her medal for volunteering with various community initiatives.
In addition to the Diamond Jubilee medal, Losness was honored with an RCMP Long Service and Good Conduct medal for serving 20 years with the RCMP.
The medals are being handed out as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and her 60 years on the throne. Deserving RCMP officers from across the country are receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals in ceremonies across the country this year.