The Military Police brassard is usually the most visible symbol of status and authority and it is worn only while on duty. A wide variety of brassards have been employed by Canadian MPs.
The first pattern brassard worn by the Military Police Branch was introduced in the early 1960s and is identical to the one worn by Canadian Provost until Unification. It was worn until the mid 1970s when it was replaced by a bilingual pattern. Both patterns were normally worn above the left elbow on the combat uniform, and on the left cuff of the combat parka.
Locally made versions mid to late 1970's.
In the mid 1970s a subdued combat brassard patch was issued for field wear. The first pattern contained a spelling error which evidently was not caught by quality inspectors until it was widely issued. The brassard was ordered to be worn with the offending accent unstitched, until a new correct pattern could be issued.
The corrected subdued pattern patch worn on an armlet by 5e Peleton de Police Militaire.
A subdued pattern patch worn on an armlet by a Master Corporal
Canadian Airborne Regiment MP Section circa 1979.
First Canadian Division combat armlet with a cut down black and white bilingual brassard sewn in place.
The current issue brassard was worn on the OD combat dress and is now worn on the Cadpat combat uniform in Canada. It was worn with the patrol dress until the complete issue of the MP shoulder insignia.
Members of the Combined NATO Military Police wear a standardised brassard incorporating the NATO symbol. This particular example is of German manufacture.
Combined NATO Military Police brassard with Canadian national identifier.
Outside Canada, bilingual brassards are not normally worn. Below are various patterns worn by Canadians on United Nations duty. Some are locally acquired or made in a base tailor shop.
Canadian MP brassard worn in Croatia.
The Airfield Security Force is a unit assigned to protect airfields and aircraft in operational areas.
The above brassard is one example of a wide variety currently worn by Canadian MPs in Afghanistan.
Artifact courtesy of Capt (Retired) Richard da Silva