Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police,

constabulary organized (1873) as the Northwest Mounted Police to bring law and order to the Canadian west. In 1920 the name was changed to the present title. The corps, which gained a romantic reputation for daring exploits and persistence in trailing criminals, originally numbered 300 men; they came to be known as Red Coats, Riders of the Plains, and, most popularly, Mounties. The force later absorbed the provincial police forces of all the territories and provinces except Ontario and Quebec and enforces all federal and provincial laws except in those provinces. It also takes part in selected international peacekeeping activites. The force numbers about 16,000.
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It would be helpful to see more direct comparisons of the North West Mounted Police and the US Army in relation to the Canadian-American border at the forty-ninth parallel.
As commissioner of the Royal North West Mounted Police (RNWMP) from August 1900 to March 1923, Perry is profiled as the architect of the modern RCMP.
Staff from Fort Walsh National Historic Site will set up a recreation of a North West Mounted Police (NWMP) patrol camp and will talk about the duties of the NWMP and the challenges they faced in policing the west.
MAY 23, 1873: Canada's North West Mounted Police formed.
However, as the weapon was introduced complaints also came from the field, the first from the Royal North West Mounted Police.

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