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 federal, national, and paramilitary police force of Canada, and one of the most recognized forces in the world. With an on-strength establishment of 24,578 personnel, as of January 1, 2007, it is also the largest police force in Canada.
The unofficial motto of the RCMP is: "A Mountie Always Gets His Man." This originates from the days when the Northwest Mounted Police pursued criminals relentlessly, sometimes traveling for weeks or months through the harsh weather of Canada's Arctic to bring them back to justice.
Today, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is Canada's National police service enforcing federal laws across the nation, acting as the provincial police force in all provinces except Ontario and Quebec, and as the territorial police in Yukon and the Northwest Territories. It also is the local police force for about 200 municipalities.
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