Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
5 years service. Each insignia sewn on the red serge (the scarlet "Mountie" coat) signifies something specific. A star is given out for every 5 years of service. So if you see 3 stars on the upper left sleeve of the serge, you know that member has been with the R.C.M.P. for 15 years.
Innisfail, Alberta. The training facility is located in Innisfail, Alberta. It is a world renowned training facility and is open to the public for demonstrations. It was established in Calgary in 1937 and moved to Innisfail in 1965.
|The R.C.M.P. as the name denotes had its origins in being "mounted" or riding horses. Today, is it a requirement for officers to ride a horse?||RCMP: History and Facts
No. Present day officers are not required to ride or have a horse. The police cruiser is the main mode of transportation. However, depending on the region of Canada they use ATVs, bicycles, snowmobiles, trucks, boats, airplanes or helicopters. In the early years, the horse was the main mode of transportation. Today, R.C.M.P. horses can be seen during ceremonies and as part of the Musical Ride (an equestraian routine of the RCMP which displays riding skills).
Maintiens le droit. The motto of the R.C.M.P. is "Maintiens le droit" or "defending the law". Maintiens le droit is found on the badge around the bison head and reflects the bilingual nature of the R.C.M.P. The origin of the motto is unknown. (Maintiens originally was spelled without an "S")
Bison head, maple leaves, scroll, crown. The badge consists of the following elements:
(1) A front-facing buffalo or bison head. The circumstances on how the bison head was chosen are unknown.
(2) The maple leaves are a national symbol of Canada and are found on both sides of the badge.
(3) The scroll at the bottom of the badge says Royal.Canadian.Mounted.Police
(4) A crown is found at the top of the badge over the word "Canada". The crown represents the reigning monarch. For Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, St. Edward's crown was adopted.
The red serge. The red serge or the scarlet "Mountie" coat has been used since the 1880s and is a symbol that is recognized worldwide.
1974. Women were first accepted in September 1973. They graduated in March 1974.
Regina, Saskatchewan. R.C.M.P. cadets train in Regina, Saskatchewan. The training facility is also known as "Depot" and the program is 24 weeks in length.
North-West Mounted Police. The Canadian government established a central police force in May 1873. This new organization became known as the North-West Mounted Police or NWMP.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Canada's national police force became known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on February 1, 1920. R.C.M.P. officers are also known as "Mounties".