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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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On April 13, Big Bear's band surrounded Fort Pitt and issued an ultimatum for its North-West Mounted Police to surrender.
Sitting Bull crossed the US-Canada border on May 7th, 1877, and was met by 34year-old North-West Mounted Police Major James Morrow Walsh, commander of 90 men stationed at Fort Walsh in the Cypress Hills, now a Canadian national historic site.
The Mounted Police role at Estevan was similar to the one depicted in historian William Baker's excellent study of the Royal North-West Mounted Police's (RNWMP) handling of the 1906 Lethbridge coal strike.
The authors introduce us to the political and historical reality of settling international boundaries, the role of the North-West Mounted Police in ensuring the safety of thousands of prospectors, and the bickering which occurred at all political levels.
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With the exception of the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), and its successors the Royal North-West Mounted Police (RNWMP) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), relatively little published material exists on the history of Canadian public police and policing in general.
Samuel Benfield Steele stands out as one of the prominent figures in the North-West Mounted Police and later as a military leader in the South African war.
When on March 19, 1885, the half-blood Metis leader Louis David Riel established the Provisional Government of Saskatchewan, an attempt by North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) and Prince Albert Volunteers under Superintendent Leif Crazier to arrest him ended in an embarrassing rout at Duck Lake, 2.5 kilometres from Riel's self-proclaimed capital of Batoche, on March 26.
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Policing indigenous peoples on two colonial frontiers: Australia's Mounted Police and Canada's North-West Mounted Police. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 43(2):356-375.
As a result, some very important essays on topics as varied as the origins of the Royal North-West Mounted Police, Canada's water laws between 1870 and 1940, and the law and public nudity, are likely to become virtually lost in the thickets.
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