Maurice Jean Nadon



Dec.29, 1973 - August 31, 1977

Nadon was born in Mattawa, Ontario on July 8,1920. On January 3, 1941, he joined the RCMP. During his service he was employed mainly in the criminal investigative field, first in Quebec and eastern Ontario, then in the lower mainland of B.C. In 1961, he returned to Montreal and Quebec City until 1965 when he was transferred to headquarters in Ottawa where for the next five years he held several key positions in the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. In 1967 he was made security officer for the Heads of State visiting Canada for Montreal Expo and in that capacity was instrumental in security arrangements for notables such as Queen Elizabeth II, Charles de Gaulle, Haile Selassie, and The Crown Prince and Princess of Japan. In 1970 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner and took over the command of „Oš Division with headquarters in Toronto. Two years later, he moved back to Ottawa to become Deputy Commissioner of the RCMP‚s Criminal Operations.

Nadon was appointed Commissioner of the RCMP on January 1, 1974. During his term, there was a great deal of media criticism for the Force‚s alleged targeting of politicians and the over-application of the War Measures Act during the FLQ Crisis in Quebec. Nadon emphasized a war against organized crime, introduced female and married personnel into the ranks, led operations through the Montreal Olympics in 1976, and introduced a preventive-oriented concept of policing.

Nadon received the RCMP Long Service Medal in 1961 and subsequently the bronze, silver and gold Clasps and Stars. He also was awarded the Centennial Medal and was knighted Officer Brother of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in 1973. Commissioner Nadon retired on August 31, 1977.


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