Mounties on Duty: A History of the RCMP
He's a strong, brave, honest, horseback-riding Canadian in a red tunic who always gets his man. At least, that's the clichéd image of a Mountie. But with a history stretching back to 1873, the real Royal Canadian Mounted Police have always been more complex than their squeaky-clean, steely stereotype. Through this collection of radio and TV clips, CBC Digital Archives explores the multifaceted history of the RCMP.
RCMP use Taser on Robert Dziekanski
A month after Robert Dziekanski died following a Taser shock by the RCMP, video footage of the incident prompts sadness…
RCMP uses ‘fruit machine’ to detect gays
During the Cold War, the RCMP embarked on a mission to remove homosexuals from the civil service.
RCMP Musical Ride try-outs
CBC's Sunday Report follows 13 hopeful officers through their try-outs for the RCMP's Musical Ride unit.
Four RCMP officers killed in Mayerthorpe, Alta.
In March 2005, Canadians are shocked and angry after four young RCMP officers are shot and killed during a raid…
1995: Disney scores right to market Mountie products
The RCMP signs a controversial licensing deal with Walt Disney to market the Mountie image worldwide.
1990: Sikh Mounties permitted to wear turbans
The federal government finally lifts the ban preventing Sikhs in the RCMP from wearing turbans while on duty.
1974: RCMP welcomes first female officers
Thirty-two dedicated women get ready to change the face of the RCMP.
RCMP’s reputation debated
A leftist historian and a former RCMP deputy commissioner argue over whether or not the RCMP deserves its image as…
1973: RCMP celebrates its centennial
Front Page Challenge discusses the RCMP's centennial celebrations in 1973.
North-West Mounted Police in the late 1800s
In this 1964 clip, a 106-year-old man looks back on some of his experiences as a NWMP officer during the…
Calvin MacDonald, undercover RCMP officer
In this 1963 interview, Calvin MacDonald says his undercover work infiltrating the Communist party for the RCMP has ruined his…
Scarlet Guardians: RCMP officers in training
In this half-hour special from 1958, we get a glimpse at the work and training of the modern Mountie -…
RCMP recruits in 1957
An RCMP commissioner answers questions about new Mountie recruits, northern duty and communism on CBC's Assignment.
RCMP school teaches ‘scientific crime detection’ in 1946
In the 1940s, the RCMP's police school in Regina teaches officers the latest scientific methods in crime solving