Early on in Commissioner Paulson's term he had a habit of "enhancing" his group of medals by wearing both his Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (COM) insignia along with his Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (OOM) insignia. Now this would be totally acceptable in one instance alone; when he was promoted from OOM to COM.
|Doubling up on his COM and OOM,|
and this was months AFTER Paulson was made a COM.
|Here is Paulson committing the same medal wearing offence at Rideau Hall.|
Thankfully, after about 8 months of committing this medal wearing offence, someone must have told the good Commissioner that he shouldn't be dressing up his group with multiple versions of the same Order. So all was right in the medal wearing world at RCMP HQ and their chief brass hat.
|The Commissioner correctly turned out at last.|
|Commissioner Paulson's new medal from a BC Government website.|
Unauthorized for wear according to the rules the rest of us Canadians are required to follow.
|The Commissioner wearing an unofficial |
medal at the end of his group.
It is more than a bit embarrassing to have the head of our national police force flagrantly violating the rules that everyone else is required to follow.