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The presence of the RCMP in the Grande Prairie area in the latter part of the 19th century and during the first two decades of the 20th century was intermittent. In fact, the Grande Prairie detachment was opened and closed 4 times between 1910 and 1929. It reopened again in 1932, with 1 sergeant and 3 constables, and has remained open ever since.

Through the years, the RCMP presence has brought law and order to one of Canada's last frontiers. Although homesteading is not what it used to be, the Grande Prairie area is still on the leading edge of gas and oil explorations and other resource development. This activity led to a dramatic increase in the detachment's establishment during the period of 1978 - 1981, when the gas exploration "boom" hit. As the City of Grande Prairie continues to grow, so does the need for additional resources. In 1983 the local detachment had only 28 members. In 1990 it grew to 38, and there are currently more than 100 members located in the new building.

Although the needs for policing and the demands made on police personnel are far greater now than in 1909, members of the RCMP who have been posted at Grande Prairie continue to meet these daily challenges, and have good reason to be proud of their contribution and partnership with the City of Grande Prairie.

Related Pages
If you would like to read about the factors that shape the Grande Prairie RCMP's identity, visit the following pages: 

Buildings
In summer 2006, the Grande Prairie RCMP changed locations - come see what makes our new home ideal for our services 

Equipment and Technology
RCMP personnel must learn to use the some of the most up-to-date technology in the field - here are some examples

Corporal Donald (Archie) Harvey
A member who fell in the line of duty in 1967 - here, we honour his memory

National RCMP History
A history of Canada's police force, from Sir John A. Macdonald to the first use of the name "Royal Canadian Mounted Police"

Last updated: 2/24/2012 10:56:44 AM