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  2. Ontario Provincial Police - Central Region 1thtSposonsorced · Nottawasaga OPP Provincial Constable Harry Lawrenson is retiring after 56 years of service from an extraordinary career and commitment to our community. Commissioner Carrique personally presented him with the Commissioner's Coin to thank him for his dedicated service. Harry Lawrenson is a name likely known, not only to police officers, but also to many community members of all ages. He was born on October 12, 1944, and started his impressive career with the OPP on September 17, 1962, as a Civilian Radio Operator at Belleville District Headquarters. Lawrenson joined the force as an Ontario Provincial Police Constable with class 51 on October 4, 1965. He was posted to Manitouwadge Detachment. Lawrenson moved throughout the OPP area during his career, spending time at Kakabeka Falls Detachment and Shelburne Detachment. Not only did Lawrenson move throughout the OPP, he also changed roles and responsibilities: - July 3, 1973, he joined the Drug Enforcement Branch (Special Investigations Branch). - November 14, 1977, he transferred to the Intelligence Branch. - September 1, 1980, he received a promotion to Corporal. - November 16, 1981, he transferred to Anti Rackets Branch. - January 4, 1982, he transferred to the Training Branch at the newly opened OPP training facilities in Brampton (Queen & McLaughlin Street) as an instructor and a Drill Sergeant. - June 1, 1985, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. - October 15, 1985, Lawrenson moved to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner (Field Division). A promotion, to Staff Sergeant followed. - On August 1, 1986, he transferred to the Field Coordination Branch. - On April 1, 1987, he transferred to the Computer and Telecommunications Branch. - On December 5, 1988, he transferred to the Security Bureau, which led to a transfer to Queen's Park Detachment on February 1, 1990. - On June 18, 1990, Harry received a promotion to Detective Inspector and was transferred to the Intelligence Bureau, where he remained until his retirement on December 31, 1994. Detective Inspector Harry Lawrenson had a total of 32 years, 3 months and 14 days of service to the people of Ontario. Lawrenson's career did not end there, in June of 1997, Lawrenson returned to the OPP as a part-time Constable. Since returning, Lawrenson has truly gone above and beyond with his time and commitment to our community. He has dedicated countless hours to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, where he has had the opportunity to mentor thousands of youth in elementary schools. Lawrenson has also mentored and trained numerous officers, not only from OPP, but other forces as well, to become DARE qualified instructors. In 2019, Lawrenson was presented with the DARE International Lifetime Achievement Award. Lawrenson is now hanging up his uniform and tucking away his boots for the last time. As of June 30, 2021, he has served our community for a combined total of 56 years. Message from Nottawasaga Detachment Commander Inspector, S. Ridout: "Harry Lawrenson, we are all honoured to have worked with you and wish you all the very best in your well-deserved retirement. You are, and always will be, one to look up to. Well done sir, we salute you!" Heartfelt message from Lawrenson's family: "Not many of us are privileged to do what we love for a lifetime. Police work has been Harry's passion and his joy, regardless of his rank or position. His years at Nottawasaga in community policing and in the DARE program have been some of his most rewarding. While we have no doubt that retiring will be bittersweet for Harry, he will always find fulfillment in knowing he spent his life accomplishing his childhood dream of becoming a police officer." Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement, Harry. Thank you for your dedication to the people of Ontario and the OPP. #NottyOPP
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    Waterloo Regional Police Insignia Collectors Meeting

    Looking forward to the Waterloo show on October 31, 2021 . It's been a long time between shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so be sure to get this show on your calendar. Henry always puts on a great event and will be sure to have appropriate precautions in place. Be safe!
  5. bobpyefinch

    RCMP ERT patches blue and white

    These are not RCMP issued patches.
  6. 2021 Waterloo Regional Police Collectors Show When: Saturday October 30, 2021 between 9am and 1pm Where: Waterloo Regional Police Association Building 1128 Rife Road, RR #2 Cambridge (North Dumfries), Ontario N1R 5S3 Host: Henry Gacparski Phone: (519) 632-7724 Email: kojak246@gmail.com
  7. Mayor Wade Mills YtSerapfsteoSrndsaoydrdStSi atsscle Sn9:fime3d7lm AM · STATEMENT FROM MAYOR WADE MILLS ON THE OPP TRANSITION February 18, 2021 Today at 12:00pm policing within the Town of Shelburne will officially and formally transition from the Shelburne Police Service to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). As Mayor, I am filled with mixed emotions as this transition marks both an historic end as well as an exciting future. Our community has been policed by the Shelburne Police Service since 1879. Since that time, our community and our police service have grown and evolved together. Through successive generations, two world wars, a great depression, two global pandemics, and a more recent explosion of population growth, our local officers have remained at the ready to serve and protect our community with dignity, bravery, and compassion. This tradition of service stands as unimpeachable today as it ever has and for that our community will be sad to close this chapter. With an eye to the future, we as a community also have much to look forward to. For many of us, we have come to know our local officers as friends and neighbours and we value the local connections that have been forged. Fortunately, these relationships will not be lost as each and every member of the Shelburne Police Service who applied to the OPP has been successfully hired. After a short transition and training period, we will welcome our officers back home to Shelburne in their new uniforms. When they return, our officers will be a part of one of North America’s largest deployed police services with more than 5,800 uniformed officers, 2,400 civilian employees and 830 auxiliary officers. They will also be supported by the tremendous network of resources that the OPP has at its disposal. I am confident – and you should be too – that our officers will be well equipped to continue to provide the level of policing service that our community expects and deserves. To Chief Moore, Sgt. Bennett, SpC Kerr, PC Morash, and Karen McLean who are not transitioning to the OPP, I want to offer a personal note of gratitude for your years of dedicated and professional service and I wish you all the very best as you move into this next exciting phase of life. To our officers and civilian staff who will be continuing with the OPP, I wish you luck as you embark upon this next lag of your career journey and I cannot wait to see you all back here in early March when we will hold a proper ceremony to mark the occasion. In the words of Charles Dickens, “The pain of parting is nothing compared to the joy of meeting again.” On behalf of Council, Town of Shelburne staff, the Shelburne Police Services Board, and our entire community, I wish to thank all members of the Shelburne Police Service, both past and present, for everything that you have done to serve this community that we all love. 2021 Shelburne Police Service Members: Chief Kent Moore Sgt. Mark Bennett Sgt. Paul Neumann PC Carey Widbur PC Cory Courtney PC Andrew Fines PC Catlin Conner PC Robert Button PC Jennifer Roach PC Jeff McLean PC Bob Fudge PC Ryan Hubbert PC Dennis Jeronimo PC Cody Lamacchia SpC Dave Kerr Karen McLean Renee Pike
  8. source: http://shelburnefreepress.ca/?p=27315 Shelburne Police Service will transition to OPP on February 18, 2021 Written By Brian Lockhart It will be an historic day in the Town of Shelburne when the members of the Shelburne Police Service answer the roll call for the last time after 142 years of serving the community as a police unit. The original Shelburne Police Department was formed in 1879. Shelburne Town Council voted unanimously on July 15, 2020 in favour of disbanding the service and bringing in the Ontario Provincial Police to take over policing duties in the community. The move to disband the Service is coming strictly from a financial standpoint and has nothing to do with a lack of confidence in the police by either the Town Council or Town residents. “Our ability to continue with a municipal police force is just no longer financially sustainable,” said Shelburne Mayor, Wade Mills, back in July. “If we lack the courage to make the difficult and responsible decision that is required now, then what we are doing is effectively delaying the inevitable and we are allowing the Shelburne Police Service, an institution with over 100 years of proud service, to suffer a slow and painful demise. I’m not prepared to allow that to happen. The institution itself deserves better than this and more importantly our officers deserve better than this.” Councillor, Kyle Fegan, agreed saying the financial aspect of keeping the force just isn’t in the cards. “It’s been mentioned before and is worth noting again, we don’t have a policing issue,” Fegan said after the vote. “I just don’t see a financially responsible way where the police force will be sustainable going forward, even in the near future.” Town of Shelburne CAO, Denyse Morrissey, said “The confirmed date for the O.P.P. transition is February 18 [2021], at noon.” As for officers currently with the Shelburne Service and seeking employment with the OPP, Ms. Morrissey said “The hiring process of the OPP [to] determine which officers with Shelburne Police Services (who applied to the OPP) will be hired by the OPP is still in process.” While the members of the Shelburne Service were initially understandably dismayed that their long standing force would be disbanded, most seem to have a positive attitude about moving forward. “This is a bittersweet time for everyone here,” said Cst. Jennifer Roach, president of the Shelburne Police Association. “We have all loved our time with the Shelburne Police Service and we are sad to see 142 years of tradition and history come to an end. The process has been stressful on everyone involved. It has been two years of the unknown, followed by a rigorous application process with the OPP. At this time no one is aware of whether they have been successful or not, so there is an air of nervous anticipation and excitement.” “We all hope that we will be able to continue to serve this community that we love, post disbandment. Every day we are blown away by the love and support that this community has shown us. I have said it previously, but it needs to be said again. In a time where it is especially easy to show negativity toward the police, Shelburne has done the exact opposite,” she added. “The supportive comments on social media, the waves and smiles, kids asking to have their pictures taken with us and so many more acts of kindness mean more to us than we can ever express.” When considering the move to OPP for some officers, Constable Roach said, “Opportunity is never a bad thing. However, when we chose to serve the Town of Shelburne as police officers we did so knowing that there was not the broad range of opportunity that is available in a larger service. This was something that we were all willing to sacrifice as there are benefits to policing in a small community that aren’t as tangible as the opportunities in a large service.” Constable Jeff McLean expressed optimism for Shelburne officers who have the opportunity to join the OPP. “The general consensus for the officers within the Shelburne Police Service, now that the changeover to OPP is imminent, is that we’re excited for the opportunities on the horizon, which are present within the organization,” Constable McLean said. “Within the OPP, there is room for further career growth, due mainly to the size of the organization. For me, personally, I’m sad to see this chapter close as both an officer and a resident of the Town but I’m looking forward to continuing to serve our community with OPP.” With many years of being a police officer still ahead of him, Officer McLean said the move to a larger Police Service would likely present new possibilities and challenges in his career. “I, personally, see the vast opportunities as a positive for my career development,” he explained. “That said, the Shelburne Police Service has been a large part of my life, both before becoming an officer, and after. I am extremely thankful to Chief Moore, Sgt. Bennett, retired Sgt. Kerr and the Town of Shelburne for providing me with the opportunity to Police this great community.” “I see this transition as closing a major chapter on my life, and now [I] am focused on having the next chapter be full of personal growth and opportunities. Those who have served the Shelburne Police Service should be proud of everything that we have accomplished in our long history,” McLean added. Originally the plan was to keep the Shelburne Police Service intact and operating. However a decision by Orangeville Town Council to disband the Orangeville Police Service and replace it with OPP had a ripple effect on Shelburne that would have meant higher costs for operating the service as well as a change in the dynamics of cooperation between the two towns and policing in the region. It has not yet been announced how many of the current Shelburne Police officers have been hired by the OPP to continue duties in the region. Current Shelburne Police Chief, Kent Moore, has confirmed he will be retiring once the OPP take over policing duties in the town.
  9. SPACE COAST PATCH SHOW-NEW LOCATION Titusville Florida The 34th Annual “Space Coast” Patch Show will be Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the North Brevard Senior Center, 909 Lane Ave., Titusville, FL. Steve and Karen Bridges host the show. This is your opportunity to buy-sell or trade law enforcement patches and badges, as well as other Police or Fire memorabilia. Seventy (70) tables are available for $25 each before December 31. After that tables will be $30. Early reservations are recommended because tables are offered on a “first come” basis. Each year the show is a sellout. Please send payment with your reservation. Set-up begins at 8am and the show will run from 9am until 3pm. There is a spirited display contest and awards are presented for the best displays. Reproductions must be marked. in the area The Senior Center will offer lunch, and there are numerous fast food restaurants. The hotel for the show is the Holiday Inn Titusville/Kennedy Space Center 4715 Helen Hauser Blvd. the rate is $115.00 (plus tax), this rate will be valid January 24-26, 2021 and the cutoff date is January 3, 2020. The phone number is (321) 383-0200 and ask for the Space Coast Patch Show. The hotel includes a hot/cold breakfast. Early reservations are recommended as there is another event in Titusville at the same time. Titusville is close to Kennedy Space Center and other central Florida attractions. The Police Hall of Fame, which moved from Miami to Titusville, is now open and is a well-done attraction promoting Law Enforcement and has some fabulous patches and other memorabilia on display. Make table reservations by calling: 321-302-1983 (cell) or e-mail @ csteveb170@gmail.com.Confirm your reservations by mailing table fee to Steve Bridges, 1535 Justin Court, Titusville, FL 32796. Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic concerns, please check for outbreak udpates.
  10. Chris Madsen

    Peter Kerr, NWMP & Toronto Police

    Peter Kerr's grave is in Section 42 Lot 198 of Mount Pleasant Cemetery. I will see if I can get a picture of it once winter is over, and the cemetery lifts the COVID restrictions.
  11. I recently bought these two RCMP ERT patches represented here from an overseas buyer. I could not see anything comparable on the gallery under RCMP, and was wondering about their authenticity. The coat of arms looks a little simplistic compared to other crests that have been authenticized. Would any member be able to give some advice. Still like the look of them. The closest on the Gallery were ca-rcmp police p-212, ca-rcmp police p-213, ca-rcmp police p-210
  12. The current NDP provincial government supported the move to a new City of Surrey police force and has reaffirmed its commitment to make that happen. The opposition Liberals campaigned on reversing that decision, in the provincial election last month, and lost: Surrey gets final approval from province for municipal police force | CBC News Surrey Police will replace RCMP, government confirms – Surrey Now-Leader BC Liberals promise to halt Surrey police transition, hold referendum | CTV News The RCMP and its allies continue to say that the national police force is the better option, under the existing municipal policing contract that runs until 2022.
  13. The RCMP Officer-in-Charge of the Surrey detachment moved on to higher duties after an outburst at a Surrey Chamber of Commerce event in October 2019: Surrey RCMP top cop lashes out at critics during award ceremony speech | Watch News Videos Online (globalnews.ca) Chief Superintendent Brian Edwards, the new OIC Surrey detachment, has proven much more attuned to political imperatives and public sentiment about the transition to a new city police force: Surrey RCMP - Welcoming Chief Superintendent Brian Edwards (rcmp-grc.gc.ca) Chief Superintendent Brian Edwards is new Officer in Charge of Surrey RCMP | Desi Today Magazine Surrey’s new top cop doesn’t believe residents have lost faith in the RCMP – Surrey Now-Leader It is a bit of rearguard action though, when the writing is clearly on the wall. The appointment of Norm Lipinski signals that Surrey is serious about getting a new municipal police force that may be a bit more expensive, but provides better service and is more accountable to the residents of Surrey and the province of British Columbia.
  14. Sergeant Glen Fishbook and his ERT team received the award of valour, the highest given by the Province of British Columbia to police members for courage and exemplary service. Ministry of Justice Press Release 21 November 2013: RCMP Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team Sergeant Glen Fishbook and constables Mark Adrain, Chris Clemett, Adam Cormier, Bentley Fooks, Luke Johnston, James King, Angus MacLean and Alexis Richer – entered and searched a burning home where a gunman was holed up and three residents were missing. Awards honour B.C. police for valour, meritorious service (nationtalk.ca) ERT-member-speaks-on-radio1.jpg (2000×1335) (ubc.ca)
  15. A helicopter pilot with the military's domestic counter-terrorism unit once told me it takes about five years of practice and training to become proficient in special operations work, especially over water. RCMP helicopter pilots do not get the same level of full-time specialized training in working with the ERT. They are mostly recruited from commercial pilots, and serve as special constables. JTF2 Recruiting Video | JTF2 CSOR CJIRU 427SQ HD - YouTube Many skills needed to pilot an RCMP helicopter | Royal Canadian Mounted Police (rcmp-grc.gc.ca) Of course, the assaulters get the lion share of attention, followed by the snipers. The pilots flying the helicopters are the real rock stars. And they will get you there and home, safely.
  16. The RCMP took delivery of the new H145 helicopter from Airbus in December 2018, and it entered operational service at the end of the following summer. It is designated Air 5 and operates in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, out of Langley Regional Airport, predominantly: Airbus delivers Canada’s first H145 to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Helicopters - Airbus Royal Canadian Mounted Police First H145 (helis.com) RCMP Receives New State-of-the-Art Helicopter | COPA (copanational.org) RCMP unveil new chopper - BC News - Castanet.net The H145 is tactical helicopter suited to employment with the Emergency Response Team. In the hands of a skilled pilot, it can be used in urban, country terrain, and over water settings. The following video shows the H145 landing and taking off, to an admiring crowd with many children, and reminds one how loud helicopters are: RCMP "E" Division NEW Air 5 Landing & Taking Off - Bing video And, finally some RCMP eye candy which features the RCMP Air Service helicopters, Police Service Dogs, and ERT, with suitably brash soundtrack: The RCMP in action - Bing video Almost makes up for the low pay and long hours.
  17. The Navistar Defence Canada Tactical Armoured Vehicle (TAV), redesigned from the parent company's MXT model, in service with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team - on display at the Abbotsford Air show. The total original contract was for 18 TAV at a cost of $14 million, or about $780,000 each. This four-wheel drive vehicle can carry a driver, an ERT team, and about a thousand pounds of equipment. The turret at the top allows 360 degree visibility and has gun ports for snipers. Navistar, Inc. - Navistar Defence Canada To Support Royal Canadian Mounted Police With Armoured Vehicles RCMP Receives Armoured Wheels from Navistar - Truck News Exterior and interior views, with an exceptionally good looking model, who also was much impressed by the new issue RCMP ERT body armour. The tools of the trade are on the table and the ground. Sergeant Glen Fishbook, in the background, was in charge of high aerial and marine boarding competencies and training. He had worked with the RCMP ERT in the territories and British Columbia for many years and represents the best professionalism and expertise resident in the force's tactical units. Preparing for the Worst: Inside UBC’s campus shooter exercise | Trek Magazine UBC
  18. Since the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority ended funding to the Waterfront Joint Forces Operation in late 2015, much of the burden for port policing has been thrown onto local municipality police forces, without additional funding or resources. The argument is that nearby municipalities collect taxes and grants in lieu of taxes from port activities, and they should be providing police services like other industrial and commercial concerns. This really ignores the scope of crime and criminal activity that is happening in Canada's major ports, in particular the largest Vancouver - smuggling of drugs, people, and cars, theft and pilferage,or the presence of people with long criminal records amongst the workforce on the docks. These are federal lands leased to private tenants by an autonomous delinked government port authority and the province holds responsibility for policing, hence the RCMP under provincial contract policing arrangements. Like most things, the RCMP does the minimum and cheapest, and local municipal police forces end up providing what service they can. The federal port police force was disbanded back in 1997, due to budget cuts and devolving of authority to the port authorities under new legislation. Delta Police Chief Constable Neil Dubord raised the issue last year, the impact it is having on his police force, and the gaps that have emerged: Revive port police to fight organized crime on the waterfront, Delta chief says | The Star Delta pushing to re-establish port policing agency | Delta Optimist (delta-optimist.com) Deltaport’s lack of police means less than 1 per cent of containers get checked, officials say - BC | Globalnews.ca In the meantime, Delta Police continue to do stellar work around the port, in conjunction with partners like the Canada Border Services Agency, which has put into operation a container examination facility on Tsawwassen First Nations lands serving the terminals at Roberts Bank: New container examination facility opens at Roberts Bank - Canada.ca 2019.06.17.CBSA_Facility_Grand_Opening.pdf (tsawwassenfirstnation.com) Madsen_Salus_Journal_Volume_6_Number_1_2018_pp_26-43.pdf There is section devoted to port and marine policing badges in the Gallery section of this website. Here you will find many of the historical and current badges of the police involved in this very specialized line of law enforcement.
  19. An independent report penned by former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache titled The Broken Dreams Broken Lives and released on 19 November 2020, concluded that a toxic work environment is rampant throughout the RCMP. RCMP_Final-Report_Broken-Dreams.pdf (merlodavidson.ca) Never a good sign when the Prime Minister agrees: Trudeau reacts to independent report on RCMP's “toxic" environment (msn.com) Interesting to see the prime minister snub the RCMP representative in the receiving line during the Ottawa ceremonies on Rememberance Day, the week previous.
  20. City of Surrey announced last Friday that Norm Lipinski, from the Delta Police (deputy chief), will be the new chief of the municipal police force being stood up to take over from the RCMP. Surrey announces new police chief for municipal force taking over from RCMP | The Star Delta's Lipinski described as 'right leader' for new Surrey police force | Delta Optimist (delta-optimist.com) RCMP still seems to be in denial about the prospect of losing its largest detachment in Canada. Survey last August suggests only 14% of RCMP members in the municipality would transfer to a new city police force, if offered the chance. Just 14% of Surrey RCMP members plan to sign up with new municipal force: survey - BC | Globalnews.ca Given the RCMP's current and ongoing problems over a toxic work environment, Surrey would probably be better to recruit from other sources, and sever the ties with the RCMP completely. Then, the RCMP members freed up could be redeployed for federal policing duties, where they belong. Interesting to see what the new Surrey Police badge will look like.
  21. Airbus sales promotion for the new H145. H145 - Light twin - Airbus RCMP seems to be a happy customer, and no doubt will be buying more. It really is a much safer helicopter than the current single engine ones they are now using. In January 2012, an AS350 B3 helicopter and pilot, Dave Brolin, crashed out in Chilliwack training with the ERT, when snow got sucked into the air intakes and doused out the engine. It dropped 40 meters straight into the ground, from the so called "radius of death" when recovery from engine failure was near impossible. RCMP was just lucky no one else was on board or hanging from the hook. Pilot killed in RCMP helicopter crash near Chilliwack (vancouversun.com) Here is the official Transportation Safety Board of Canada report into the crash, cause engine failure: Aviation Investigation Report A12P0008 (tsb.gc.ca) Dave Brolin, an RCMP civilian member, received a regimental funeral in Surrey. Hundreds pay tribute to RCMP pilot Dave Brolin – Cloverdale Reporter
  22. A CPIC exclusive. The editors decided not to use this photograph in my Green is the New Black article. EC120B (Airbus H120) light utility helicopter belonging to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, at Langley airport Source: Chris Madsen I was there to get a picture of the H145, but they had already put it in the hangar. That new twin engine "traffic" helicopter just happens to carry 8 ERT members as well and a hook for fancy ninja work. The RCMP has an exemption from Transport Canada for its single engine helicopters to carry loads. But I would not want to be hanging from a single engine helicopter. Two engines are always better, in case one flames out or stalls.
  23. The RCMP intends to procure more tactical armoured vehicles, to add to its existing fleet: RCMP plan to buy more armoured vehicles amid new scrutiny over policing tactics - iPolitics The older ones are now getting on in years, and they have proven extremely useful. Had an opportunity to sit in one at the Abbotsford Airshow two years ago. Spent far too much time talking to the ERT Sergeant manning the table, while my son donned the new body armour and helmet. The RCMP special constable pilot at the helicopter next door would not believe me when I told him that the City of Surrey was definitely kicking out the RCMP and getting its own city police force. That is now coming to pass. The great March East out of British Columbia by the RCMP. And if Jason Kenny gets his way, Alberta as well.
  24. A very interesting graduate thesis on police tactical units in several larger Canadian cities, and the question of police militarization in Canada: Bryce Jenkins, "Canadian Police Tactical Units: The Normalization of Police Militarization or a Pragmatic Response to High-Risk Calls", MA, Carleton University, Ottawa jenkins-canadianpolicetacticalunitsthenormalization.pdf (carleton.ca) It is based on empirical research and interviews and questionnaires conducted with police officers. The conclusion challenges some of the claims made by Kevin Walby and Brendan Roziere in the Calgary Herald article above and elsewhere about police becoming more militarized in Canada. The second part of the title suggests where most police officers see the need for such units. That sentiment really goes back to when the Los Angeles Police Department first established Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) in 1967 after the Watts riots in LA. The original 1975-76 S.W.A.T. television series was quite good in showing the teamwork and techniques, compared to the slicked up reboot being offered today.
  25. Here is an active link that will take you to "Green is the New Black: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Militarisation of Policing in Canada", Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies https://sjms.nu/articles/10.31374/sjms.42/#
  26. New academic article on the RCMP and militarization of policing in Canada: https://sjms.nu/articles/10.31374/sjms.42/#
  27. This is the exciting life story of frontier and city policing that spanned over 50 yrs and two centuries. Peter Kerr was born in Toronto in 1864, his father farmed land plots at the "commons " the site of the old Ford Hotel, Edward and Bay St. In 1882, at 18yrs old working as a bookbinder and looking for adventure Peter joined the Northwest Mounted Police. He was assigned to Fort McLeod, then to several outpost one being Beaver House which contained 30 cells, a court room, mess hall and mens barricks. He became an excellent horseman and sharpshooter. In 1885 he fought/policed in the Northwest Rebellion ( L. Riel ). His commanding officer was Col. Sam Steele # 5 NWMP ( the famous Canadian Mountie ) As a member of the Steele's Scouts In 1886 his pay was $1.90 per day. He was involved in the surrender of Big Bear, the Cree involved in the Frog Lake Massacre, and the Steele Narrows Battle at Loon Lake which ended the Northwest Rebellion. Most of his policing was settling disputes between the Crees and the settlers and keeping the peace on the constrChief uction of the Pacific Rail line. He met Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill. He also met Col Henry. Grasett the officer who was in charge of a Toronto Militia unit fighting in the Northwest Rebellion, Grasett would be later become Police Chief in Toronto in 1886. I believe he contacted Kerr in 1888 to return to Toronto and join the Toronto Police. Chief Grasett had formed a new Toronto Mounted unit and needed experienced horsemen. In 1888 Peter Kerr returned to Toronto, married his wife Frances Pettet, and joined the Toronto Police Force all in the same year. He was assigned to 1 Division and the Mounted Unit. for many years. In the late 1800s he was instrumentasl in training officers in horsemenship for the Mounted Unit. His final assignment was a station duty officer at 12 Division 2398 Yonge St. and the radio room. Peter was a well liked and conscientious officer. He retired in Jan. 1933. and passed away in 1945, the same year his wife passed. Peter Kerr is buried in Mount Pleasent Cemetery. Peter Kerr is the great grandfather of my best friend Robert Smith, wife Diane. Robert was also a Toronto police officer when we both joined in the 1960s. Robert moved over to the Toronto Fire Department and retired as a captain with 38yrs of service. Certainly a full life of policing. M.T.P.F. Photographs.html
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