A local police officer was in Regina recently to accept his commission from the Lieutenant Governor, W. Thomas Molloy and the Minister of Corrections and Policing Christine Tell.
"What the commission recognition is," explained Deputy Police Chief Cowan, one of ten who received their commissions, "is it's presented to experienced executive officers from municipal police services from around the province."
"The executive officers are of the rank of inspector and higher. You basically go from a non-commisioned officer rank which is from the front-lines to the executive side which is the inspector side and up. When you hit the level of inspector, you become an officer and that's when you get the recognition from the government."
The ten officers who were recognized and received commissions gathered on Wednesday at Government House in Regina for a ceremony marking the achievement.
"It was quite a formal event, Cheif Ladouceur was there with me when I received mine. There were members from Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, and Prince Albert that were there. It was quite a thing, I had never been to that before."
He added that it won't mean too much in terms of day to day operations.
"Back in 2015, when I became an inspector, that's when I became a commissioned officer so this is just the formal recognition of that. So we just become part of the executive team and the government sees that as an accomplishment. It's more of a formality and it's recognized by the Queen, which our Lieutenant Governor represents in the province."
He also added that it was nice to be recognized with the ten other members as it is a close-knit group at this level.
"Saskatchewan is unique, we have six major municipal police services in the province. We're small so when you get to the executive level, it's kind of a small group. We all know each other. Because we are less populated, your executive numbers are smaller and we all know each other. It works well because when we sit on committees, we get to know each other very well and because we know each other personally, it makes it easier to deal with issues."