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The first precursor of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known as the North West Mounted Police, was established in 1873, not long after Confederation, to defend Canadian sovereignty in the new countryís enormous hinterland.

The first real police force worth the name in the west, the first contingent of only 300 men arrived in 1874, braving the regionís harsh weather and difficult terrain, with an eye to suppressing the whiskey trade. It was merged with the Dominion Police in 1920 to create the RCMP.