MOUNTIES (RCMP) OEDILF #T562748
August 1, 2023
AUG 1, Canadiana: Mounties (horses)
Mountie Miki explained it this way:
"Most Canadian provinces, eh?
Lease police (now unmounted),
Horses' history recounted
In their 'Musical Ride' on display.
It's a federal role they still play."
"Understand all that?" Some respond, "Neigh!"
Authors' Note: Spokesperson "Miki" is a Canadian woman of Japanese extraction who is a "Mountie", common moniker for a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a name deriving from the service's early days. Horses now play only a minor role in the RCMP's primary goal, the enforcement of federal criminal law; they are still used for crowd-control maneuvers, and in public spectacles, including the well-reputed "Musical Ride". Since 1966, however, horseback riding is no longer a mandatory skill required in the trqining of new officers.
Under contract, the RCMP also provides policing service to eight of Canada's ten provinces (Ontario and Quebec being the exceptions), the three Canadian northern territories, and 600 indigenous communities. Under its purview are towns such as Whitehorse, Yukon, and Hay River, Northwest Territories.
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