On May 23, 1873, the Canadian government established the North-West Mounted Police. This police force eventually joined other law enforcement agencies to form the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1920. Since then, the “Mounties” have become one of the most recognized and respected police forces in the world.The RCMP is a federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal police force, responsible for law enforcement in all provinces except Ontario and Quebec. Mounties, often on horseback, provide policing services to 190 municipalities, three major airports, and 184 aboriginal communities.The original Mounties were a team of 300 men. As this force became more and more prominent, marine divisions, air divisions, dogs, and crime-detection laboratories were added. Today, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is an organized group of more than 28,000 men and women. Their primary responsibilities are to protect Canada from crime, terrorism, and drugs.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry aboriginal Adjective
native or indigenous.
to form or officially organize.
having to do with a nation's government (as opposed to local or regional government).
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
law enforcement Noun
individuals or organizations that make sure people obey government rules.
having to do with the ocean.
having to do with local government.
local, state, or national government organization for law enforcement.
first or most important.
important or standing out.
division of a country larger than a town or county.
Encyclopedic Entry: province recognize Verb
to identify or acknowledge.
manner or way of doing things.
use of violence and threats of violence to influence political decisions.