“Mounties” is the abbreviated common name for member of the prestigious Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Each candidate must train at this impressive complex in Regina, Saskatchewan. There are three main divisions: the Heritage Centre (museum), Academy (Depo Division), and residences, off limits to visitors. The RCMP Heritage Centre is at the training facility (Depo) and helps guests learn about RCMP, from inception to the present. As a book reviewer and crime thriller writer, I found how an officer conducts investigations fascinating, sort of a forensics study crash course. The “museum” aspect holds much more than crime investigation information, which is also an interactive display young people will find fascinating. There are old cars and artifacts from distant history. The RCMP Chapel is the oldest building in Regina, constructed in 1883, and has an all-original wood interior. Surprisingly, there are photos of Queen Elizabeth II throughout the Academy. (QE2 is Canada’s Head of State, but has no official capacity.) The dramatic and decorative crimson uniforms with jodhpurs, for easy dismounting a horse, are now only ceremonial but were standard issue in the 1800s. “Red Serge” is a colloquialism for the distinctive uniform worn by officers, called constables. These law enforcement constables are paramedics, SWAT, West Point cadets, FBI, and CIA rolled into one. They’re Canada’s crème de la crème of law enforcement and deserve the respect due those who strive to be the best. The first female cadet was inducted in 1974. Streets at Depo are named for constables killed in the line of duty. (Trivia: Throughout Saskatchewan and the Plains States there are references to buffalo. Researching the difference between bison and buffalo, I discovered that settlers mistook the furry beasts as water buffalo, found mostly in Asian wetlands. According to Wiki, bison inhabit the northwestern States and Saskatchewan.)
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