Together with the Port Hope Police Services and the Police Service Board, the Municipality of Port Hope is honoured to share that Chief Bryant Wood has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in a virtual ceremony held on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Established in October 2000, the Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours the leadership and exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Police Services, and recognizes their commitment to this country. The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development.

Chief Wood began his career with the Ontario Provincial Police in 1993. He was then hired by the Port Hope Police Service in 1994, where he served in progressively responsible positions before being appointed Chief of Police in 2014.

Throughout his years of dedicated service, Chief Wood has maintained a commitment to crime reduction in the community by working with community partners to develop comprehensive strategies to address education, prevention, early intervention, treatment, and enforcement. He has also served on many boards and committees throughout the community and volunteers his time with many organizations and activities.

In recognition of his contributions to policing and outstanding achievements in public service, Chief Wood is also the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. He received a Long Service Medal (2017), and an Exemplary Service Award (2013). Most notably, Chief Wood was awarded both the Star of Courage and the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery by the Governor General (2010) and Ontario's Lieutenant Governor (2008) respectively, after rescuing a woman from a burning house in Port Hope. Additionally, he received the Medal of Bravery from the Governor General in 2010, when he rescued an eight-year-old boy from a burning home in Port Hope. Chief Wood has also received the Ontario Police Fitness Award in 1993, 1994, and from 2005 to 2012.

Chief Wood was awarded the Order of Merit of the Police Forces for the 2020 year, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a ceremony to honour the achievement has been delayed. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police held a virtual ceremony for all honourees on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

“I am very honored to have been appointed as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. It is a privilege to lead this team of officers and support staff who work tirelessly for the safety and well-being of our community every day." Chief Bryant Wood, Port Hope Police Service

“Chief Wood's achievements in policing, contributions to community development, and ability to foster relationships among local organizations and with the community truly warrant this nomination. On behalf of Council and the Municipality, we congratulate Chief Wood on this well-deserved recognition from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.” Bob Sanderson, Mayor - Municipality of Port Hope

“On behalf of the Port Hope Police Services Board, we extend our congratulations to Chief Wood on this well-deserved honour. He has displayed long term exceptional service to our community and has made countless contributions to the policing community. We are grateful for all that he has contributed to the Port Hope Police Service.” Jeff Gilmer, Chair of the Port Hope Police Services Board