About the RCMP

For nearly 150 years, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has been Canada's national police service.

We have national, federal, provincial, and municipal policing mandates. From coast to coast to coast, at the community, provincial/territorial and federal levels, we:

  • Strive to prevent crime
  • Investigate crimes
  • Enforce federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal law
  • Keep Canadians safe

We offer our renowned expertise at the international level as well.

We are more than 20,000 police officers, supported by nearly 10,000 civilian employees in over 700 detachments in 150 communities across the country. We also provide policing services in more than 600 Indigenous communities.

Our strength is in delivering high-quality police work that keeps our communities safe. Read more about how our employees are finding new and innovative ways to support Canadians.

We are committed to our people: our employees, the communities we serve, and all Canadians.

Actual strength

The on-strength establishment of the Force as of April 1, 2019:

  • Commissioner: 1
  • Deputy Commissioners: 5
  • Assistant Commissioners: 28
  • Chief Superintendents: 57
  • Superintendents: 187
  • Inspectors: 322
  • Corps Sergeant Major: 1
  • Sergeants Major: 8
  • Staff Sergeants Major: 9
  • Staff Sergeants: 838
  • Sergeants: 2,018
  • Corporals: 3,599
  • Constables: 11,913
  • Special Constables: 112
  • Public Service employees: 7,695
  • Civilian members: 3,403
  • Total: 30,196

Video: RCMP 101

    RCMP 101 - Transcript

    [Music]

    Super : RCMP 101

    >> Narrator: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has been keeping Canadians safe since 1873.

    Multiple images displayed:

    • A police car drives across bridge
    • A mannequin wearing a historical Mountie uniform sitting on a fake horse in a museum

    >> Narrator: From coast to coast to coast, we provide crime prevention, investigation, law enforcement and safety services at the community, provincial/territorial and federal levels, as well as internationally. Today, we are more than 20,000 police officers, supported by nearly 10,000 civilian employees in over 700 detachments across the country.

    Multiple video images displayed: Mountie figures sequentially appear on the west coast, east coast and northern coast of a map of Canada.

    Animation: The following words appearing one after the other beside the map: crime prevention, investigation, law enforcement, safety services, community provincial territorial federal and international, 20,000 police officers, 10,000 civilians, 700+ detachments.)

    >> Narrator: We are evolving as a modern and innovative police force made up of people who care about their work, their communities and each other.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • A police vehicle drives along a dirt road
    • An RCMP member riding a motorcycle
    • A police car driving through a neighbourhood beside people walking on the sidewalk

    >> Narrator: Our diverse and inclusive workforce gives us the ability to serve all Canadians better.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • An Indigenous police officer driving a police car
    • Two police officers riding patrol bicycles

    >> Narrator: It all starts at the RCMP Training Academy, better known as "Depot" in Regina, Saskatchewan.

    Video images: A grey primary identification sign with the RCMP crest and the words Royal Canadian Mounted Police beside it. The following words are at the bottom of the sign: Training Academy at Depot Division.

    Animation: A grey map of Canada. Pin is dropped on the map representing Regina, Saskatchewan. Onscreen text reads: Depot.

    >> Narrator: During the year, Depot accommodates up to 40 troops. Each troop consists of 32 cadets. Cadets spend 26 weeks learning the basics of police sciences, cultural awareness, firearms, driving, problem solving and defensive tactics.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • A close up shot of a row of RCMP forage caps
    • Cadets lined up in drill hall
    • A male cadet crawling through sand with a chain link fence above his head
    • A female cadet sitting behind the steering wheel in a police car speaking into a police radio receiver. [Inaudible]
    • A female police officer with cadets in a classroom
    • A handgun being fired
    • Police cars on a track
    • A cadets practicing handcuffing technique

    >> Narrator: Through interactive training, cadets master policing skills and learn how to stay safe and cope with the physical and mental demands of a career in policing.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • A cadet at a traffic stop
    • A cadet holding a radar gun
    • A stopwatch
    • A women jumping over a hurdle
    • A person running around a pylon

    >> Narrator: Our police officers are posted across the country and can specialize in over 150 fields of policing expertise: financial crime, forensic identification, tactical and emergency response, cybercrime, police dog services, VIP protection, and marine services.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • A police car driving through a town
    • Two police officers and two police cars with a lake behind them
    • Officers in white investigation suits at a crime scene
    • Four police officers rappelling from tower
    • Two police officers stepping out of SUV's with dogs
    • Police cars with flashing lights in front of small plane
    • A police boat patrolling in the water

    >> Narrator: Our civilian employees play critical specialized support roles, including: administrative support, 9-1-1 dispatchers, criminal intelligence analysts, engineers, and financial experts.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • A passport being examined using computer imaging
    • A cotton swab being rubbed on residue
    • A woman sitting at her desk with 2 computers screens in front of her
    • A room full of monitors and men working on computers
    • A plane in a hangar

    >> Narrator: Together we make up the RCMP.

    Video images displayed:A computer screen with images.

    >> Narrator: In many municipalities and indigenous communities, we are the local police, patrolling the streets, visiting schools and answering thousands of calls for service assistance.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • A police car driving through Indigenous community
    • A female police officer talking with young children and giving out stickers
    • A perspective shot on police car with flashing lights driving at night

    >> Narrator: Reconciliation and community engagement help build safety for all.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • Three flags flying on flag poles
    • An RCMP police officer walking with a man toward a tipi

    >> Narrator: In all provinces and territories, except Ontario and Quebec, the RCMP acts as the provincial or territorial police, enforcing everything from traffic to liquor laws, and supporting local police agencies.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • Police cars with flashing lights driving at night
    • A police officer performing traffic stop at night
    • Close up shot of a police officer issues ticket to two youth. On the trunk of a police car, an evidence bag with prescription drug bottles and needles in it is being inspected

    >> Narrator: Our federal and international mandates require us to tackle crimes that cross borders: from fraud and counterfeiting, human and drug trafficking, child exploitation and cybercrime, all the way up to terrorism and threats to national security.

    Text on screen: Liaison officers around the world

    Animation: A grey map of the world on white background with pins dropping onto cities indicating where RCMP Liaison officers are located. Pin drops onto Ottawa showing the words Interpol Ottawa.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • A person inspecting a suitcase that contains bags of white powder
    • A close up of an employee with glasses. Computer screen is reflected in glasses
    • An aerial shot of Parliament Hill in Ottawa

    >> Narrator: Around the world, we contribute to international policing efforts to help stabilize countries and train local police.

    Video images displayed:A group of police officers serving with the UN stand at attention

    >> Narrator: Finally, we provide protective services for the Governor General and Prime Minister, as well as other designated VIPs, and dignitaries.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • Two police officers looking through binoculars at airport
    • Multiple security cars in front of plane with flags in foreground
    • A number of unmarked police SUV's leaving the airport with lights flashing

    >> Narrator: Our strength is in delivering timely, thorough, high-quality police work that keeps our communities safe.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • A person in a white lab suit shines flashlight on evidence in a blue light room
    • A police boat driving fast across water
    • A helicopter flying overhead
    • A police officer and police dog investigate grassy area

    >> Narrator: We are committed — to our people; our employees, the communities we serve, and all Canadians.

    Multiple video images displayed:

    • A police officer sits on police motorcycle
    • A security vehicles drive with flashing lights
    • A two police officers perform a traffic stop at night

    >> Narrator: For more information, or to join our team, visit rcmp.gc.ca

    Video images displayed:Police car with lights flashing drives across a bridge.

    (Screen fades to black)

    Text on screen: www.rcmp.gc.ca

    (Canada wordmark)

    (RCMP signature: Royal Canadian Mounted Police / Gendarmerie royale du Canada)

    (RCMP copyright information: © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 2019.)

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