Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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RCMP officer on Parliament Hill

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), (French: Gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC)), is the national police force of Canada. The force is also called the Mounties.

Unique organization[change | edit source]

RCMP is unique in the world because it is a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing organization:[1]

The RCMP/GRC wording is protected under the Canadian Trade-marks Act.[5]

History[change | edit source]

Northwest Mounted Policman -- Canadian Illustrated News, 13 February, 1875.

The Royal Northwest Mounted Police (RNWMP), was founded 1873. The Mounties were created to establish authority and to make accommodations with the native population in the west before settlers began to arrive.[6]

The Mounties were given the right to use the term Royal by King Edward VII in 1904.

Today's RCMP is the result of a reoganisation in 1920.

Notes[change | edit source]

  1. RCMP
  2. First Nations
  3. Inuit
  4. Métis
  5. Canada Trade-marks Act
  6. Wolkomir, Richard. "Mounties forever, but these days rarely on horseback," Smithsonian. February 1989, pp. 81-82.

References[change | edit source]

  • Wolkomir, Richard. "Mounties forever, but these days rarely on horseback," Smithsonian. February 1989, pp. 78-89.

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