During the mid 1800s’, Canada was a wild frontier. A continuous stream of settlers and miners flowed into Canada following “Free Land” Promises, and the numerous gold strikes in the Yukon. Constant Struggles with the Native Americans were an everyday occurrence, as well as the rowdy miners causing a ruckus in their tiny mining communities. Law and order in Canada were mere words to its citizens. Something had to be done; however, with no real standing army, and without the means to make one, Canada went down a different path.
According to the Centennial Anniversary Book, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in its earliest years were a group of 200 men given the difficult task of bringing law and order to the whole of Canada. Not only this, but they were also given the duty of keeping good relations with the dozens of Canada’s native tribes, according to the song, “The RCMP Always Chasing After Me” by Rick Stoneback. In many parts of Canada, especially the Yukon, the RCMP officer was the highest authority. Over time, the force grew and so did their reputation. What was once a small group of men trying to bring justice to the wilds, soon became a force to be reckoned with. One that stood for duty, justice and loyalty.
Tales of their exploits soon reached mythical level. Stories of “Mounties” saving entire towns soon gained them the reputation of being “Do Rights”. Popular radio shows such as “The Yukon” and the movie, “Dudley DoRight” reinforced this. Although their reputation is only over-powered by their dedication to service, and their ability to do their jobs better than many others. The RCMP are able to place themselves higher on a pedestal than other police forces because of their lack of jurisdiction restrictions, their superior training, and the tradition of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Most local and national police forces such as the NYPD or the CIA do have some jurisdiction on some specific cases in the United States, whereas the RCMP have automatic authority over any crime scene in Canada or dealing with a Canadian citizen cited from Parliament of Canada Law 81A section 22-3. The Mounted Police, on a couple of occasions, have ventured into the United States to solve cases that happen in Canada and the Criminals try to flee Canada in hopes that the Mounties will not be able to follow. Once specific case from the Niagara Gazette reported a murder in 1982 and the RCMP joining forces with the U.S. Coast Guard from the article, “Mounties Team Up With Coast Guard to Nab Murderer.” Another example is during the 1920’ druing Prohibition in the United States, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on a few occasions raided sites just across the boarder that had been distributing illegal Canadian whiskey. Dozens of times the RCMP joined forces with the United States State Department to bring down criminal rings illegally smuggling Canadian whiskey into the United States according to the book, “20th century Mounties”. While the RCMP and the United States have not teamed up recently, the RCMP, because of its status as a national police force, is able to in certain cases have international jurisdiction. The RCMP would not be able to conduct these raids however if it were not for long, unique, and special training periods.