By far the most recognized mounted police in Canada and a true Canadian icon is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) often referred to as the Mounties. The RCMP is the federal police force that has jurisdiction Canada wide. There are several RCMP detachments throughout Canada with a total of 28,700 officers over 15 districts. However, other municipalities across Canada have regional or municipal mounted police.
The Niagara Regional Police Service (NPRS) Mounted Unit serves the Niagara region. There are four trained mounted police in the NPRS Mounted Unit that act as ambassadors at special events while providing effective policing within the community. Other mounted police units across Canada include:
- Calgary Police Service Mounted Unit
- Halifax Regional Police Mounted Patrol (2 horses)
- Montreal City Police Service Cavalry (11 horses, 10 officers)
- Toronto Police Service Mounted Unit (25 horses, 45 officers)
- Vancouver Police Department Mounted Squad (9 horses, 7 officers)
- Victoria Police Department Mounted Patrol
There was a large presence of mounted police at the G20 in Toronto, Ontario that included members from several mounted units including the RCMP. While the mounted police do perform the role of ambassadors their effectiveness at controlling the rioting that broke out during G20 Summit in June was quite evident. The mounted units are used for crowd control during demonstrations as well.