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Thousands of men and women who put their lives on the line for ours, who protect and serve the communities we live in, and who are there to uphold the law in Canada. Police officers have always been a vital part to ensuring the safety of the cities and towns we live in.

But what don’t you know about the police? Below are six things you may not have known about the police force in Canada.

Protective Policing

Did you know that there are approximately 500 visits by foreign dignitaries per year? This is part of Protective Policing which extends safety and protection to Canadian and foreign dignitaries, individuals identified by the Minister of Public Safety, Canadian air carriers, and special events held in our country.

Outreach Programs

You don’t have to wear the blues to be part of your local police. Volunteers are an important part of community safety and protection. Programs can include: Block Watch, Operation Red Nose, Auxiliary Program, Pipes and Drums Band, Victim Services Program, Citizens on Patrol, and more. Note that volunteers do not perform law enforcement or operational duties – those are saved for the professionals.

Land Fleet

The RCMP Land transport Fleet is large, REALLY large at almost 12,000 equipment and vehicles. The Land Fleet includes cars, unmarked vehicles, light trucks, heavy trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, small snow mobiles, all-terrain vehicles, tractors, buses, and even gas railway cars. Let’s not forget the horses that still to this day are used for crowd control at some major Canadian events. The RCMP also has marine and aircraft fleets.

Innovation

Technology is growing at a rapid rate, not just for business but for the police too. Canadian police are adapting to the new technologies, like drones and dash cameras, to enhance their safety, and needing to learn more about ways to combat threats in the cyber world as well.

Cadet Training

This is where a police officer’s career begins. Cadets go through an extensive 26-week training program at Depot, located in Regina Saskatchewan. Cadet training is offered in two languages, English and French. Over the course of the 26 weeks, a cadet can expect to be assigned to a troop of 32 Cadets, 10.5 hour days, after-hours programs, and being away from their family and friends – probably the most difficult part of becoming a police officer.

Education

Did you know that in Surrey, British Columbia, the Surrey RCMP has a Youth Unit dedicated to providing multiple education, intervention, and prevention programs? These programs inspire young girls and boys to make smarter choices and stop them from living a crime-fuelled life. The focus of their programs is on healthy lifestyles, sports, youth development, and bridging the gap between the kids and their parents. Many Canadian provinces have similar education programs for their local communities.