40th Anniversary of the First Female Troop

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We've been telling the stories of some women of the RCMP since Sept. 16th. Previous features include life at Depot in the early days, profiles of Troop 17 members and ones about other women who've blazed the trail.

Read the previous In Focus, Female First and Meet Troop 17 features.

It was Sept. 16, 1974, when 32 women across Canada simultaneously took the oath to become police officers, fundamentally changing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police forever.

In this special section running until March 2015, you will meet some of the women of that pioneering group and many of the others who have served as civilian employees going back to the late 1890s when the first jail matrons were hired to tend to prisoners.

In Focus - Thanks to those who blazed the trail

It is hard to believe it was only 40 years ago that the RCMP accepted women into the Force as police officers. Read more

Female Firsts

Meet the women who’ve been the first – regular members who were the first to break into a policing specialty area and civilians who’ve reached the top of their fields. This month: Changing the face of the Ride.

Meet Troop 17

The members of the first female troop forged the path for the thousands of women who’ve followed in their footsteps. This month: From start to finish, Bev Busson blazed the way for women.

40 Years of Women in Red Serge

To mark the 40th anniversary of women in red serge in the RCMP, some of the members of Troop 17, the first female troop, and other trailblazing women gathered to reflect on their early days in this inspiring and, at times, humorous video.

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