Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mounted Police in Canada

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.


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