The Initial Canadian Forces Integrated Military Police Combat Officer's Course
Photo of Combat Officer's Course candidates - 1969.

The first Combat Officer's Course, of 5 weeks duration (20 Feb - 2 April 1969), held at the Canadian Provost Corps School was primairly for junior Military Police commissioned officers. It was designed and organized under the watchful eye of the British Royal Military Police (RMP) ex-change officer, then Captain (retired Colonel) Richard (Dick) Bland.
Colonel Bland states: he had been told in late November of 1968 that he was to design the course from scratch (assisted by Lt Nicol, ex-Brit Int Corps who joined the C Int C) and then run it; the first joint Intelligence and Security course of its kind.
      Course candidates in the above photo from left to right are: Front row - Lt IA Nicol, Capt Murray Wilson, LCol RI Luker, MC CD, Capt RE Bland (RMP exchange officer) and Capt GLR Bruce (C Int C). 2nd row - Sgt RW Bell, Lt HJ Bowcott, Lt Feg Jones, Capt AH (Sam) Stevenson, Lt D Clooney, Lt RE Darroch and WO RJ Coppell. 3rd row - Lt HG Rutledge, Capt AR (Al) Wells) Capt MC (Mike) MacDonald, Capt T. Tom St John and Lt MC (Merve) Parker.
Photo was submitted by former British Royal Military Police (RMP) exchange officer with the Canadian Provost Corps School, Colonel Dick Bland of Sussex, England.
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