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Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Female Trooper--single figure

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Female Trooper

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was established in 1920 with the amalgamation of the Royal North-West Mounted Police and the Dominion Police and serves as the national police service of Canada.  The RCMP’s primary responsibility is the enforcement of federal criminal law, but also provides police services to eight of Canada’s provinces (all except Ontario and Quebec) and all three of Canada’s territories.  In June 1953, the RCMP became a full member of the International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as Interpol.  In order to respond to serious incidents that required a tactical police reaction, the RCMP formed 31 part-time Emergency Response Teams and in 1986 established a full-time counter-terrorism unit:  the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT).

On 23 May 1974, the RCMP began to accept applications from women to join as regular members of the service.  The first group of 32 women assembled for training at RCMP Academy, Depot Division, Regina, Saskatchewan, September of that year.  This first all-female troop graduated from Depot on 3 March 1975.  But arguably the first woman to serve the RCMP was Frances Gertrude McGill, a forensic pathologist who began providing detective assistance in the 1920s.  Female officers are issued the standard RCMP uniforms with two exceptions:  The ceremonial dress uniform; and the official maternity uniform for pregnant officers.

Released APRIL 2023.