The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or Mounties, were, are, and in all likelihood will continue to be one of the most elite and dedicated police forces in the world. Organized in 1873 as the Northwest Mounted Police, they have served as the primary enforcers of law and order in Canada for well over 100 years. Today the RCMP serves to enforce dominion law throughout Canada, with emphasis upon preventing smuggling, maintaining security, and supporting local enforcement organization.
The Mounties originally rode horses, but as their duties and needs expanded, transportation included such means as cars, planes, ships and more esoteric vehicles like trikes, snowmobiles and dog sleds. Recently, the RCMP has obtained fully armed versions of those vehicles suitable for the task. Despite the advances in mobility, the RCMP still maintains a number of true horse-mounted squads, for wilderness operations.
The RCMP was instrumental in controlling the influx of cycle gangs in the late 'teens, and in 2023, in celebration of their sesquicentennial, the Canadian government gave them permission to mount limited weaponry on their vehicles to facilitate Canada's drive to regain stability. Today armed and armored vehicles are standard issue, and the training and equipment of a Mountie is among the finest available. But despite all of these changes and advances, the dedication and philosophy of a Mountie has remained the same.
"We are here to serve and protect the citizens of Canada, both from outside forces and occasionally from each other," said RCMP officer Roxanne le Sage. "Basically, our duties haven't changed much, although we now have to worry about anti-duelling laws in some Provinces and not in the others." Roxanne has been a Mountie for 12 years, ever since she graduated from college, and has seen many changes in the attitudes and manner of highway travel and combat. "Back in the early '30s, about half of the Provinces supported autoduelling, and half opposed it. We were the only armed vehicles on the road at that time, at least legally, and so the training I underwent was rather... speculative. Highway tactics with armed vehicles were still being developed, and the idea of our opponents being armed just confused the matter even more. Nevertheless, when autoduelling was legalized in '28, we were ready to deal with the outbreak of informal duels on the nation's roads. I think we've done a pretty good job, too."
The efforts of the RCMP have n de the roads in Canada the safest of all the roads in North America. They have served to break up duels in anti-dueling areas, discourage banditry, and aid motorists in distress. The standard "mount" of the RCMP, the RCMP-HV3 Pursuit Class, reflects the many tasks that a Mountie may be called on to perform. Swift, strong and well-equipped, this Off-Road trike and its rider are ready and able to perform many tasks, from overtaking and detaining smugglers and eliminating bandits, to aiding travelers in need.
"We are trained to combat fires, smugglers, and gangs as well as aid lost, hurt or disabled motorists, and local police forces. The Pursuit carries medical, mechanical and fire fighting equipment, as well as adequate weaponry and armor to deal with life on the highway. But just because our vehicles are well-equipped doesn't mean that we are dependent on them." She fingered the various equipment hanging from her battle vest. "A Mountie carries personal gear designed to prepare him for any situation." Indeed, between the extensive training that every Mountie receives and the advanced equipment that is standard issue for each officer, there is little that a Mountie can't deal with in short order.
Roxanne also reflected on the highway etiquette that is evidenced in Canada. Down-playing the controlling factor that the RCMP plays in highway behavior, she stated. "We seem to be more relaxed up here in Canada than the United and Free Oil States are. Obviously, the Mounties are here to aid travelers in need, but I have answered distress calls only to find some well-meaning citizen that was closer has already come and initiated aid. This is not to imply that everyone up here pulls over and gets out whenever a disabled vehicle is spotted, but rather that Canadians tend to be a little more trusting, and will offer aid if it is legitimately needed. About the only comparable place to Canada, in driving skills as well as traveling courtesy, would have to be the New England states. Most of you southerners seem to be trigger-happy, and it can be hysterical to watch you Americans try to drive on icy, narrow roads! Speaking for myself, although most other Mounties would probably agree with me, I think I can drive better than most southern law enforcement officials, although I have to admit I might not be quite as good a shot, due to the decreased likelihood of highway incidents involving weapons fire here in Canada. But then, I suppose I'm glad that I don't have to use my fighting skills as much up here as you southerners do."
Intelligent, skilled, and courteous, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are a common sight on most Canadian roads, and, as the amiability and dedication of all Mounties is similar to that of Roxanne le Sage, they are a welcomed sight, too.
The RCMP will be encountered on any major artery or city in Canada, and frequently on the side roads and in the smaller communities as well. They will answer any distress call, but abuses of this generosity is grounds for harsh retaliation.
All Mounties undergo at least one full year of training, and up to three, depending upon skills acquired previous to joining the RCMP. Upon graduation from training, a Mountie will have a minimum of base level in at least one vehicle skill (Driver, Cyclist, Boat Pilot, Hover Pilot, Helicopter Pilot, Fixed-Wing Pilot, or Trucker), Gunner, Handgunner, Mechanic, Paramedic, Survival and Law.
All Mounties wear IBA over a fireproof suit, and a modified battlevest that carries a heavy pistol, a foam grenade, a mini-mechanic, a Bowie knife, and a First-Aid kit in place of the two ammo clips.
All RCMP vehicles carry a Rescue Kit in addition to whatever weaponry and accessories it may have. The RCMP Rescue Kit costs $2,700, weighs 100 lbs., takes up 2 spaces, 4 DP, and contains a tool kit, a personal fire extinguisher, a medikit, an auto battery, a hand held flare launcher, and other sundries such as matches, a compass, a canteen of water, etc. The auto battery alone costs $50, no weight/space, and is a small battery used to put a 10-mile charge on a vehicle's power plant. Transfer takes 5 minutes. Battery can be recharged in 5 Minutes for $5 at any power station.
RCMP-HV3 Pursuit Special X-hvy trike w/CA frame, OR suspension, OR solid tires, super trike power plant with platinum catalysts and superconductors, driver and passenger. Mounts a VMG in a universal turret, an extra VMG magazine containing anti-personnel ammo, a smokescreen back, and a MFR front with armor piercing rockets. Overdrive, HD shocks, HD brakes, antilock brakes, radar, radar detector, long distance radio, RCMP Rescue Kit, hi-res computer, n gazine switch for VMG. FP armor: F35, R32, L32, B20, T20, U15. Accel. 5 (2.5 with overdrive), top speed 105 (125 with overdrive), HC 2 (3 off-road). 3,347 lbs. (w/o passenger), $37,648.
Roxanne le Sage, although still relatively young, is a veteran of Canada's highways, and has acquired considerable expertise in a number of skills as a result. She is Cyclist +3, Paramedic +2, Gunner +1, Mechanic +1, Handgunner, Driver, Survival and Law, She carries a scoped SMG loaded with an extended clip of AV ammo in addition to the required equipment.