CFMP badge and Moto.
History Of The Military Police
* * * Thunderbird Badge * * *
- Jointly Submitted By -
photo of Maj (Ret'd) Bill Stoker
Major (Retired) Bill Stoker
Former Member of the Canadian Provost Corps
CF Security Branch
And Member Of The Thunderbird Badge Project Committee (1967)
photo of CWO (Ret'd) George Powell
Chief Warrant Officer (Retired) George Powell
Former Member of the Canadian Provost Corps
Branch Chief Warrant Officer,
CF Security Branch,


spacer With the formation of a unified Branch, The Canadian Forces Security And Intelligence Branch, came a need to replace the badge of the Canadian Provost Corps , including the service badges of the Navy and the Air Force and the use of the Indian Totemic Thunderbird as the symbol for the Security Branch arose out of the recommendations of the Insignia Steering Group appointed by Director General Of Intelligence (DGI) on 15 May 1967.

spacer The Piquet Report from a study group which included Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Service Police Officer, Major R Digeur, proposed that the Intelligence and Military Police services of the newly unified, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), be combined into one branch under the title of Security Services and be placed under the responsibility of the Director General Of Intelligence And Security (DGIS).

spacer In 1967, while seconded to the DGIS Branch, Major (retired) William (Bill) Stoker was delegated to receive submissions for a badge/emblem for the newly amalgamated security services. With the collaboration of Canadian Intelligence Corps (C Int C) Major D. Wiens, the Thunderbird, along with the supporting criteria, was submitted for the Selection Committee's consideration. A comprehensive presentation subsequently led to the Thunderbird's acceptance. The wreath which encircles the badge was added by a Canadian Forces Headquarters (CFHQ) heraldic artist.

spacer The following details are based on the original unclassified documentation prepared by DGIS, explaining the significance of the new Thunderbird Hat Badge to be worn by members of the CF Security Branch, which also encompasses the legend of the Thunderbird, believed to be one of the most common emblems of the Northwest Coast Indian Tribes of British Columbia and is often the crowning figure on craved totem poles before a Chief's house. In April 1972, Her Majesty the Queen graciously approved the Badge for the Security Branch of the Canadian Forces.

spacer The Badge is an adaptation of the mythical thunderbird and from that design has involved all insignia, badges and symbols of the Security Branch (renamed The Military Police Branch in 2007). Follwing several years of planning and research by Major William (Bill) Stoker - the Thunderbird Badge was approved by The Queen. The Thunderbird Badge is officially identified as follows:
  • The whole is surrounded by a wreath of fourteen gold maple leaves; the maple leaves depict or allude to Canada, being a purely Canadian symbol, the number of leaves (14) has no particular significance.
  • The white oval is edged in gold with a Thunderbird crest or symbol, centered, in full frontal view with the head turned fully to the bird's right;
  • beneath the oval is a motto on a ribbon of gold bearing the symbolic inscription SECURITAS in black letters;
  • on top of the design is a facsimile of the current St. Edward Crown in full color - hence, the need for Royal assent for the Badge.
spacer The heraldic significance, although relatively straightforward, merits some elaboration. Of significance is the fact that the face depicted on the chest of the bird, symbolizes the bird's ability to transform itself into human or any other form; for our purposes the face alludes to the dual role assigned to the Security Branch and is meant to symbolize both the overt and the covert operations.
spacer The Motto - Securitas - is a latin word meaning peace of mind, making sure and securing. The latter meaning is acepted as the intent of the Motto.
spacer The Thunderbird is generally accepted as an honourable bird, a good spirit, one dedicated to helping man. In the mythical world of ancient Indian lore it was never identified as a doer of evil or a bearer of treachery with malice. We can rightfully wear the Thunderbird with pride; If we do not dishonour the Thunderbird, it will never dishonour us!
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