The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have had a profound impact on the province of Newfoundland and Labrador despite their brief tenure. The newcomers who formed the vanguard in April 1949, set the stage for the RCMP to assume policing duties throughout the province on August 1, 1950. The new police Force was very fortunate to absorb within its ranks members of the Newfoundland Ranger Force and the Newfoundland Constabulary. The reputation and commitment of these members to the communities they served quickly aided these newcomers to win for themselves the acceptance of the population.
The Mounties The First Fifty Years in Newfoundland and Labrador edited by Gerald Leahy provides accounts of the impressions still recalled by some of the original members. It also traces the growth and significant changes that have affected policing in the province.
Between the pages, the reader will learn about the history of the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador. Included are also interesting accounts from many of the hundreds of police officers who have been fortunate enough to serve our province. Despite the law abiding nature of the population, there are recollections of some horrendous crimes, tragedies, interesting cases and humourous anecdotal stories to give the reader an understanding of the RCMP's unique role in the history, development and progress of Canada's newest province. The reader will be afforded an insight into the negotiations that surrounded the entry of the RCMP to the province prior to 1949 and those that culminated in a provincial policing contract on August 1, 1950.