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Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 27 February 2010 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) (French: Gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC), literally ‘Royal Gendarmerie of Canada’; colloquially known as Mounties, and internally as ‘The Force’) is the national police force of Canada, and one of the most recognized of its kind in the world. It is unique in the world as a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. The RCMP provides federal policing service to all of Canada and policing services under contract to the three territories, eight provinces (except Ontario and Quebec), more than 190 municipalities, 184 Aboriginal communities and three international airports. The RCMP was formed in 1920 by the merger of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police (RNWMP, founded 1873) with the Dominion Police (founded 1868). The former was originally named the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), and was given the Royal prefix by King Edward VII in 1904. Much of the present-day organization's symbolism has been inherited from its days as the NWMP, including the distinctive Red Serge uniform, paramilitary heritage, and mythos as a frontier force.

PENTAX K200D 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 100 222 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very interesting close-up

27 Feb 2010 9:16am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Eric. great clear detail and colour! well shot!!
Now look after yourself......... and be well soon!! :)

27 Feb 2010 10:19am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

nice realisation

27 Feb 2010 11:03am

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Nice detail!! So interesting. Have anice weekend. ;-)

27 Feb 2010 12:00pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece


27 Feb 2010 12:12pm

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

thanks for the explanation. nice and sharp picture

27 Feb 2010 1:22pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Neat photo; I have a photo of myself taken with one handsome RCMP member at Lake Louise!

27 Feb 2010 3:13pm

philippe from dijon, France

Superbe !

27 Feb 2010 5:51pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Excellent frame and detail!

28 Feb 2010 3:20am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Very well photographed. Have not seen too many nice coats of arms but this one is a beauty.

28 Feb 2010 4:25pm

BJ from Murfreesboro, United States

great shot and interesting info, I guess the few mounties that can be seen in Ontario at Niagara Falls are more of a tourist thing.

2 Mar 2010 4:01pm

@BJ: Thank you BJ! I am sure that flirting with the tourists is part of their duties... ;-))

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

An impressive <coat of arms>! I like their costumes, saw them during the Final Ceremony of the Olympics, a most welcome presence in the show!

9 Mar 2010 11:04am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! ;-)

1/250 second
ISO 100
222 mm (35mm equiv.)