|Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Gendarmerie royale du Canada (French)
|Badge of the RCMP|
|Motto||Maintiens le droit (French)|
|("Uphold the law")|
|Formed||1 February 1920|
|Volunteers||Approximately 1,600 Auxiliary Constables|
|Legal personality||Governmental agency|
|Headquarters||M. J. Nadon Government of Canada Building
73 Leikin Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R2
|Elected officer responsible||Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety|
|Parent agency||Public Safety Canada|
|While a federal agency, the RCMP also provides direct policing to territories.|
- RCMP is the federal police for all of Canada.
- RCMP serves as the police for the three Canadian territories
- RCMP serves eight of the ten Canadian provinces (except Ontario and Quebec).
- RCMP provides police services for more than 190 municipalities
- RCMP is the police for 184 native communities -- the First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
- RCMP ensures security at three international airports.
The RCMP/GRC wording is protected under the Canadian Trade-marks Act.
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.
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.
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