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Ministère de la Sécurité publique

By-law respecting decorations and citations awarded to Québec policemen or to any person or body

Current to January 7, 2009

  1. In this By-law, unless the context indicates otherwise, the following expressions and words mean:
    • "Minister of Public Security": the Minister of Public Security of Québec;
    • "Commission": the Commission de police du Québec;
    • "Québec policemen": every member of the Sûreté du Québec or of a police force established by one or more municipal corporations or by an urban or regional community council, as well as every special constable in service in a police force;
    • "competent authority": the competent authority means any one of the following authorities:

     

    • the Minister of Public Security;
    • the Director General, the director of a police force;
    • the council of the municipal corporation;
    • the council of an urban or regional community;
    • the security council of an urban or regional community;
    • the executive council of any professional police association.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, s. 1; S.Q., 1986, c. 86, s. 42; S.Q., 1988, c. 46, s. 25.

  1. The following decorations and citations are instituted:
    • Medals:

     

    • the Croix de Bravoure des Policiers;
    • the Médaille pour Action Méritoire;
    • the Médaille de Dévouement;

     

    • Citations:

     

    • the Citation of Honour;
    • the Citation of Merit.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, s. 2.

  1. These decorations and citations are awarded upon the conditions, and according to the procedure, set forth in this By-law.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, s. 3.

  1. Every recommendation for the granting of a decoration or citation shall be transmitted by the competent authority to the Commission, which shall charge a committee, constituted in conformity with section 5, with a study of the facts, to determine whether the award of a decoration or citation is warranted, and to submit its findings to the Commission.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, s. 4.

  1. The committee charged with the study of the facts warranting the award of a decoration or citation shall be composed of 3 members, selected as follows:
    • a person appointed by the Commission;
    • a second person, member of the professional provincial association to which the candidate for the decoration or citation belongs, and appointed by the executive committee of the latter;
    • a third person, member of the police force to which the candidate for the decoration and citation belongs and appointed by the director of the police force, selected wherever possible from among the members of equal rank to that of the candidate.

Where the second or third member cannot be appointed in conformity with subparagraphs b and c of the first paragraph, or where the candidate for the decoration or citation is not a member of a Québec police force, or is a body, the appointment of the second or third member shall be made by the Commission. 

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, s. 5.

  1. Upon the report of the committee, the Commission may recommend to the Minister of Public Security the award of any one of the decorations or citations provided for in this By-law.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, s. 6; S.Q., 1986, c. 86, s. 42; S.Q., 1988, c. 46, s. 25.

  1. Upon the recommendation of the Commission, the Minister of Public Security may award any decoration or citation provided for in this By-law which he deems proper.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, s. 7; S.Q., 1986, c. 86, s. 42; S.Q., 1988, c. 46, s. 25.

  1. Award of the decorations and citations may be made posthumously to the next of kin. R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, s. 8.

Croix de Bravoure: 

  1. Croix de Bravoure :
    • The Croix de Bravoure des Policiers may be awarded by the Minister of Public Security to a member of Québec police force in public recognition of an act of heroism accomplished under exceptionally dangerous circumstances.
    • The description of this decoration, and of the ribbon and miniature, is given in Schedule I.
    • The Croix de Bravoure is the highest decoration awarded to a member of a Québec police force. It has precedence over any other decoration of a like nature, and over any service medal awarded by a municipality or by a professional association.
    • The Minister of Public Security may, in accordance with the procedure set forth in this By-law, award the Croix de Bravoure to any member of a Québec police force who:

  • accomplishes an act of heroism at the risk of his life; or
  • accomplishes, in the exercise of his duties, an act demanding exceptional courage; and
  • is recommended by the Commission.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, s. 9; S.Q., 1986, c. 86, s. 42; S.Q., 1988, c. 46, s. 25.

  1. Médaille pour Action Méritoire:
    • The Médaille pour Action Méritoire may be awarded by the Minister of Public Security to a member of a Québec police force in public recognition of meritorious acts.
    • The description of this decoration, and of the ribbon and miniature, is given in Schedule I.
    • The Médaille pour Action Méritoire ranks immediately after the Croix de Bravoure. It has precedence over any other decoration of a like nature, or over any service medal awarded by a municipality or by a professional association.
    • The Minister of Public Security may, in accordance with the procedure set forth in this By-law award the Médaille pour Action Méritoire to any member of a Québec police force who:

  • accomplishes, in the exercise of his duties, a meritorious act; or
  • accomplishes, over and above the exercise of his duties, an act which merits public recognition; and
  • is recommended by the Commission.

 

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, s. 10; S.Q., 1986, c. 86, s. 42; S.Q., 1988, c. 46, s. 25. 

  1. Médaille de Dévouement :
    • The Médaille de Dévouement may be awarded posthumously by the Minister of Public Security to a member of a Québec police force who was fatally wounded in the performance of his duties, in public recognition of the services rendered in maintaining peace, order and public safety.
    • The decoration, ribbon and miniature are described in Schedule II.
    • In accordance with the procedure established in this By-law, the Minister of Public Security may award the Médaille de Dévouement to a member of a Québec police force who:

  • was fatally wounded in the performance of his duties; and
  • is recommended by the Commission.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, s. 11; S.Q., 1986, c. 86, s. 42; S.Q., 1988, c. 46, s. 25. 

  1. Citation of Honour and Citation of Merit:
    1. The Minister of Public Security may award Citations in recognition of meritorious service rendered by any person or body in the cause of police work.
    2. By the award of the Citation of Honour, the Minister of Public Security recognizes outstanding services rendered by individuals or by public bodies in the cause of police work.
    3. By the award of the Citation of Merit, the Minister of Public Security recognizes the particular and outstanding initiative demonstrated by a member of a Québec police force in the exercise of his duties.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, s. 12; S.Q., 1986, c. 86, s. 42; S.Q., 1988, c. 46, s. 25.

Citation of honour

Schedule I

(a. 9 et 10)

Croix de bravoure

Description: The decoration consists of a medallion in oxidized silver and measuring 11/4" in diameter and Ôà" thick. The medallion is stylized in the form of a cross, each arm of which, on the obverse side, is a representation of the fleur de lys, in blue enamel. The perimeter of the piece, on the obverse side, bears a circular laurel wreath, and centred in the medallion is the emblem of Québec, in blue enamel, Ôà" in height.
The words "POLICE" and "BRAVOURE" are inscribed in relief; the former above the emblem and the latter below it. In the upper half of the reverse side of the medallion, in the form of an arc, is the legend "GOUVERNEMENT DU QUÉBEC". A ring suspender of 1/2" in diameter joins the cross and the ribbon.
The name of the recipient is engraved in the centre of the reverse side of the cross.
Ribbon: The cross is worn on the left breast suspended by a rib-bon, 11/4" in width, in 5 equal vertical stripes alternating provincial blue and white, with the blue stripes bordering the ribbon. A lined brooch of the same metal as the cross is attached to the top of the ribbon of the decoration.
Miniature: A miniature reproduction, which may be worn on certain occasions by recipients of this decoration, shall be of the normal size of all the other miniatures.

MÉDAILLE POUR ACTION MÉRITOIRE

Description: The decoration consists of a medal with a gold satin finish on both sides and measuring 11/2" in diameter and Ôà" in thickness.The obverse side of the medal bears the official emblem of Québec, in blue enamel, Ôà" in height. Two olive branches, crossing at their base, appear in relief below the emblem. The inscription "ACTION MÉRITOIRE" appears in relief, shaped to the upper contour of the face of the medal. In the upper half of the reverse side of the medal, in the form of an arc, is the legend "GOUVERNEMENT DU QUÉBEC". A ring suspender of 1/2" in diameter joins the medal and the ribbon. The name of the recipient is engraved in the centre of the reverse side of the medal.

Ribbon: The medal is worn on the left breast suspended by a ribbon, 11/4" in width, in diagonal stripes of Ôà" in width, alternating the colours of provincial blue and yellow. A lined broach of the same metal as the medal is attached to the top of the ribbon.

Miniature: A miniature reproduction, which may be worn on certain occasions by recipients of this decoration, shall be of the normal size of all the other miniatures.

CITATION OF HONOUR

CITATION OF MERIT

These citations consist of a parchment 14 inches in length by 16 inches in width, bearing the following inscription:

a) for the Citation of Honour:

The Gouvernement du Québec awards this CITATION OF HONOUR to .............................................................................. ......................

in recognition of the distinguished service rendered in the cause of police work for the maintenance of the public peace and order in Québec.
Date:

SOLICITOR GENERAL
b) for the Citation of Merit:
THE GOUVERNEMENT DU QUÉBEC awards this CITATION OF MERIT to
.............................................................................. ......................

in commendation of the particular and outstanding initiative demonstrated in the execution of his duties.
Date:
SOLICITOR GENERAL
R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, Sch. I; S.Q., 1986, c. 86, s. 42.

Schedule II

(a. 11)

MÉDAILLE DE DÉVOUEMENT

Description: The decoration consists of a circular medal in oxidized silver measuring 38 mm in diameter and 3 mm thick. The obverse side of the medal bears a superposed cross measuring 25 mm in width and height, the 4 sides of which are 17 mm wide. In the centre of the cross is the emblem of Québec in blue enamel measuring 19 mm in height.
The words "POLICE" and "DÉVOUEMENT" are inscribed in relief. The former at the top of the emblem and the latter below it. In the upper half of the reverse side of the medal, in the form an arc, the words "GOUVERNEMENT DU QUÉBEC" are inscribed. A ring suspender of 13 mm in diameter joins the medal to the ribbon. The name of the recipient is engraved in the centre of the reverse side of the medal.

Ribbon: The medal is suspended by a ribbon 32 mm wide with 5 alternating silver and violet vertical stripes. The silver stripes bordering the ribbon and the centre stripe are 2 mm wide; the other 2 stripes, violet in colour, are 13 mm wide. A lined brooch in the same metal as the medal is attached to the top of the ribbon.

Miniature: A miniature reproduction is the same as the normal size of all the other miniatures.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3, Sch. II.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 3