This site displays examples of historic uniform and kit that were worn by Members of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP),
the Royal North West Mounted Police (RNWMP) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
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UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT
Exterior unilingual detachment sign (above), pre-1973.
Constables' forage caps, King's Crown pre-1953 (left) and Queen's Crown, post 1953 (right). Authorized uniform shoulder patch (below), unilingual, pre-1973.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Gendarmerie royale du Canada
Brassard (left) worn by Members
protecting King George and Elizabeth I
during the 1939 Royal Visit.
Below are some photos of the 1959 Royal
Tour of Canada by Queen Elizabeth II and
Scarlet Serge tunic, shoulder title
Forage cap, current cap badge
Scarlet Serge tunic, collar badge
Constable and NCO's forage cap
Patrol jacket, shoulder flash
Members ready for patrol duty
Member in Review Order uniform (left) circa 1960, with scarlet tunic,
blue breeches, Sam Browne with white pistol lanyard, S&W Model 10
revolver, Stetson, and high brown Strathcona boots.
Member in undress, office duty uniform (top) circa 1950, with brown jacket,
cloth belt, shirt and tie, Stetson and gloves, and high brown Strathcona boots.
Bottom photo shows a Member in detachment office, circa 1952.
75 years of shoulder
flashes - some
examples of cloth
(below) from WWII to
While they are in training at Depot, RCMP Cadets wear a similar work dress to the sworn members in the field. They do not wear the standard cavalry
trousers, and a CADET slip-on, worn on the epaulette of the shirt. The yellow CADET slip-on pictured on the left is now obsolete.
Troop, circa 1953.
Since 1885, almost all RCMP Members in Canada have
gone through the RCMP’s Training Academy “Depot” in
Regina, Saskatchewan. It is an incredibly grueling program
that teaches respect, honour, and discipline. Depot
teaches cadets the fundamentals of policing that they will
need to face the daily challenges on the frontline.
Summer Students in training (right) at Depot Training Centre, Regina, SK.
Cadets wear black forage caps with the RCMP cap badge. Uniform trousers lack
the yellow cavalry stripe. The student's uniform shirts are worn with a brassard
on the left arm with the words STUDENT ETUDIANT.
Authentic King's Crown cap badges can be verified by checking the scroll at the bottom of the obverse side of the
badge (below). The background of the scroll should be pebbled around and between the letters that spell out
ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE.
A scroll with a smooth background suggests that the badge may likely be a poor quality copy.
Example of an authentic KC
collar badge, stamped:
The King's Crown (KC) badges were authorized for wear from 1920 to 1953, including by members of the No. 1 Provost Company (RCMP) during WWII.
A KC badge may be authenticated by a small rectangle (above) on the reverse of the badge with the imprint:
MADE N ENGLAND
The badge itself was struck - and so should have the look and feel of an imprinted piece of metal, normally not with a smooth backing which may
indicate that it was produced from pouring into a mould. In addition, a number of badges were reproduced during the Force's Centennial in 1973 and
may have a hallmark disk on the reverse of the badge (see below).
The absence of a hallmark on a badge does not necessarily mean that is not authentic. Conversely, the presence of a hallmark disk does not mean
that a badge is authentic.
The round disk in the centre of reverse side of the KC cap badge (left) is not a validation
of its authenticity, but rather indicates that this badge was reproduced likely during the
RCMP's Centennial. Additionally, the back of the badge is flat, with most of the groves
and crannies found on an authentic stamped badge, filled in by the mould process. The
badge is hallmarked
who were contracted in 1973 to reproduce the badge.
Corporal's Service Order of
dress, with brown jacket with
Sam Browne duty belt, pouch
for extra bullets and white
pistol lanyard, QC buttons and
collar badges, circa 1960.
Corporal, Roughrider's Scarlets with
current Sam Browne holster for automatic
pistol and magazine carrier (left);
an example of a typical patrol uniform
(right) with the black utility belt, holster
for the auto and magazine holder, with
blue duty vest/carrier.
RCMP Reserve members are part of a program that allows for retired, regular RCMP Members or other provincially trained officers to provide extra
manpower when a shortage is identified. R/Cst. are appointed under the RCMP Act as paid, part-time, armed officers with the same powers as regular
Members. The unilingual shoulder title shown here (left) is obsolete.
Auxiliary Member, foreground, below, unarmed, (black forage cap, and blue trousers
without the yellow cavalry stripe) provides support to regular Members at large
gatherings and community events. All are wearing the standard blue carrier/vest.
While many Members served overseas with the Canadian Provost Company during World War II, many more remained in Canada to provide homeland
police service, guarding government buildings and installations, prisoner of war transport, etc. The photo above (c. 1942) was taken at the Niagara
Falls Hydro Station where the member may have been part of the team responsible for security against enemy saboteurs. He is wearing standard
patrol dress for the time and appears to be riding a modifed Harley Davidson bike with sidecar.
Example of an authentic
KC cap badge, stamped:
below the lug post on the
left reverse side of the
decal, circa 1974
decal, circa 1960
Below, a new tactical assault vehicle (TAV), one of two based
in Saskatchewan to be used by ERT Members dealing with
hostage situations and armed stand-offs.
Post World War II, Canada continued to prepare and
train for what was believed to be an imminent threat of
invasion. The photo on the right shows RCMP members
undergoing Canadian Military Police training at CFB
Borden. Members can be seen wearing military bush
uniforms with Royal Canadian Mounted Police shoulder
flashes and RCMP cap badges on their bush head gear.
They are carrying Lee Enfield No. 4 Mk 1* rifles. The
inspection is being carried out by regular officers of the
Canadian Provost Corps.
The photo, below right, show three Members in
military bush uniform with the white belt of the
Canadian Provost Corps. The photo below shows a
Member in battle dress, ready for inspection with his kit
laid out on his bunk.
Duty shirt, shoulder flash
King's Crown blazer crest,
Officer's cap badge,
Goose Bay, circa 1953; a joint patrol with RCAF Police.
Three pairs of matching KC collar badges (below), with variant types of brass finish.
Review Order tunic with turban and female Member.
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Winter weight Bush Cap (below); Members routinuely
curved the visor for wear resulting in the shaterring of
the internal plastic stiffener, as seen in this example.