What Canadian Mounties Go Through At Boot Camp

Instructor: Nunez, in what year did we become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police? Cadet: 1920. Instructor: Really, that’s
what you’re gonna give me? That’s as loud as you can be? Cadet: 1920. Instructor: My goodness. Heaven forbid the day you
have to yell at someone, “Stop, police, drop the knife,” because they’re coming at
you with an edged weapon. There’s no whispering. There’s no room for meek
and mild in this job. [drumming] Instructor: Count it out! Cadet: Four.
Cadet: One. Cadet: Two.
Cadet: Three. [shouting instructions] Narrator: These cadets are training to become members of the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police. [shouting instructions] More commonly known as the Mounties. But before they don the
iconic scarlet tunic known as the red serge, all cadets have to graduate from the RCMP’s 26-week training program, which combines intense tactical training with customs and traditions… Cadet: To the queen. Cadets: To the queen. Narrator: That are steeped
in Canadian history. Every year, about 1,000 cadets graduate from the academy before joining the 20,000 RCMP officers serving across the country. On a bitterly cold week in December, we spent five days at the academy, where we saw different
troops at various stages of the 26-week training program. On day one, a new troop is welcomed by the academy’s commanding officer. Jasmin Breton: Everybody
wants you to be successful. We’re incredibly happy that you’re finally sitting in these seats
as members of Troop 29. And we want you to be successful. But we’re not gonna do it for you. You have to do it for yourselves. Narrator: The application process, which includes a polygraph test, can take about eight months. Breton: Everybody took
a year out of your life to finally get here. We sometimes see cadets
go home after 24 hours. It takes probably a couple of weeks to get used to the routine. So give it at least a couple of weeks. Work hard, have some fun, and good luck. Are we a kinder police organization? That is a comment that we actually verbally say out loud now. We’re in the service industry. We’re out there to serve
the Canadian public. So if we create that type of environment, we’re hopeful that the
cadets will remember that and when they are out in
their various communities that they will continue to work with the communities as they were trained. Narrator: Training happens here, at RCMP Academy, Depot Division, located in Regina, Saskatchewan, about 100 miles north of the US border. It’s a region of Canada
known as the Prairie, where, during our visit to Regina, sustained winds combined
with the low temperature made it consistently feel about negative 25 degrees Fahrenheit. The starting salary for
a constable in the RCMP is about $53,000 a year. After three years, it
increases to about $86,000. Applicants must be at least 19 years old and willing to relocate
anywhere in Canada, including remote territories
like Yukon and Nunavut. The Royal Canadian Mounted
Police as we know it today was founded in 1920. Movie clip: The Canadian Rockies. The legendary Mounties are the symbol of law and order in this vast domain. Narrator: Although
they’re called Mounties, the RCMP isn’t a mounted police force, and horses are only used
for ceremonial events. ♪ Here come the Mounties ♪ ♪ To get the man they’re after now ♪ Mike McGinley: We’re not what you see in the movies from Hollywood. People see the red jackets,
pointy hats on black horses, and they think that’s what RCMP is. But we’re police officers
first and foremost, and I think that’s probably
the biggest misconception. [garbled radio] The reality is policing back roads and small towns by yourself. We are a police force;
that’s the biggest message. Narrator: And it all
starts here, at Depot. Cadet: I need you to stand up. You’re under arrest for
assault with a weapon. Narrator: Where most of
the training is focused on mastering police procedure, practiced in realistic scenarios where cadets play the roles of both the officer and the suspect. Cadet: Anything that you do say to me can be used as evidence.
Do you understand? Cadet: Yeah. I just want you
to know that I messed up. I didn’t mean to. I’m
not that type of person. Cadet: OK, good to know. Cadet: Can I get a 10-28, 10-29 PROS on a Saskatchewan marker when ready? Operator: 10-4, go ahead. Breton: We’re trying to prepare them for the realities of policing. Cadet: Do you have anything on you that could hurt me or you? Breton: Policing isn’t an easy profession. We make the program such that they will be physically
and mentally prepared. But they also have to have common sense; they have to know their powers of arrest; they have to know the law. So it’s a real combination of two things that need to happen all at once. Narrator: Male and female
cadets train together at Depot, and even face each other in Police Defensive
Tactics training, or PDT. Audrey Soucy: Fight! Obviously, in policing, we
don’t choose our opponent. We’re not gonna be always
matched with a normal size like you would see in the
sport of boxing or MMA. Most of our cadets come here without any backgrounds at all. Some of them have never
been involved in a fight. So it’s very difficult
for them to understand how to deal with a situation like that. Narrator: Cadets are faced
with additional disadvantages. Sometimes they’re only
allowed to use one hand, or they’re only allowed
to use leg strikes. Another exercise requires one combatant to spin around in circles
before the fight begins. Soucy: Go! Fight! If you get into a fight with an opponent out there in the street, it could happen that
you get hit in the head and that can create, like,
some kind of dizziness. Little bit of a concussion
type of scenario. We want to make sure that they have this kind of understanding without putting them into
a concussion, obviously, ’cause we don’t want them
to be hurting themself. Narrator: But with punches flying, minor injuries do occur. Soucy: Sometimes some
things like that happen. We try to mitigate that
as much as we can, so. It’s almost a good thing he can feel that so then if it happens in the field, he knows how to deal with it. Cadet: Put your hands up, OK? Cadet: My hands are up. My hands are up! Narrator: In this scenario… Cadet: You’re under arrest!
Get down on the floor! Narrator: Cadets attempt to subdue an aggressive assailant and apply handcuffs. But it’s not easy. To make the scenario more challenging, cadets are matched up with assailants who are bigger and
stronger than they are… Cadet: Trying to take his arms down. Narrator: Whose objective
is to try and grab the gun and baton from
the cadet’s duty belt. Rebecca Cicansky: The
reason that we do this is basically to allow the police officer to reassess the totality
of that situation. And now that jeopardy has
raised for the police officer, they should be able to
reassess that situation. Cadet: I got his legs. Cicansky: Communication
is the big key here. They wanna communicate
with their partner… Cadet: Call for backup! Cicansky: And then come up with a new plan based on their risk assessment, which is always evolving. McGinley: Nobody dies at Depot. This is the place to make mistakes. ‘Cause when police officers make mistakes, people get hurt. Some of the stuff they see
and will see is not nice. And we need to help prepare them for that physically and mentally. Narrator: Being exposed to pepper spray is a common part of
law-enforcement training, and it’s no different in the RCMP. [cadet shouting] Tylor Goulet: We want them
to get an appreciation for using pepper spray so they understand,
essentially, that it’s painful and so they understand that
it works, it’s effective. And that they can fight through it if they are exposed to OC spray themself. They do 50 jumping jacks. We just wanna get their heart rate up, just to simulate as if they were in some sort of a physical
altercation, perhaps. They then go into the actual chamber where it’s been contaminated
with pepper spray. You’ve already gone 10-19,
I said just make the arrest. And then they have to make an arrest on the subject inside that chamber, keeping their eyes open, being aware of their surroundings, and fighting through
that painful experience. Narrator: But at Depot, cadets take it to another level. After being exposed,
cadets exit the facility and perform an arrest
in the freezing cold. Cadet: Would you like to speak to a lawyer when we get back to the office? Goulet: They probably
barely notice the cold when they’re out there,
immediately after the exposure. It’s only once that the
effects have worn off that they realize it’s
actually cold outside. [cadet coughing] It actually will help
somewhat with numbing that pain of the pepper spray once they get back into
a warmer environment. Instructor: Just had to adjust the volume. Is everybody able to hear me over there? Lane one, can you hear me
OK, you guys can hear me OK? K, ’cause things that
I say are so important. Narrator: Cadets fire
between 800 and 900 rounds during their 65 hours of
training on the firing range. Ryan Peters: Probably 15%, 20% of the cadets that show up have some sort of firearms experience, whether that’s pistols, shotgun, rifle, or hunting. We’re able to take someone with absolutely no pistol or firearms experience and make them quite good shooters and successful through the program. So, week two, they’re actually issued their service pistols, Smith & Wesson 5946. That is their pistol. And it will follow them
through their career until they so retire or
move on to something else. Firearms is a very
important skill set to have, and if the day ever comes that you actually need to rely on your pistol to protect a human life, it’s going to be a situation where we hope that you’re proficient and you’re prepared for that day when it does come. Training video: I was here yesterday! I’m trying to make a living! Cadet: Drop the knife, sir! Video: You’re always jacking me up! Instructor: OK, we’re
gonna pause this scenario. Narrator: Cadets interact with a video in which role-players create a scenario that tests judgment… Cadet: Sir, can I see your hands? Video: I told you already. Narrator: And how do de-escalate
a threatening situation. The judgment simulation
room is also equipped with what’s known as a shoot-back cannon, which fires projectiles at cadets. Curtis Parker: We can basically
give them a little shot with the shoot-back cannon, and it will remind them to go use cover. So, it only needs once or twice, and then they quickly get behind cover. Narrator: Every cadet is
required to pass the PARE test. PARE stands for Physical
Ability Requirement Evaluation. Instructor: We’re gonna run hard. Everyone’s gonna get superior today. Cadet: Oh, yeah. Narrator: And it’s used to determine a cadet’s physical ability for duty. Instructor: Ready, go! Instructor: Pace yourself, buddy. The PARE is the current job
standard test that we use. It’s the measure of success for fitness and physical ability when
cadets graduate from Depot. So if a cadet is unsuccessful at PARE, then they will not
graduate from our program. The cadets will run six
laps of an obstacle course that includes running over a
set of stairs twice in each lap as well as jumping over some lower hurdles and going over a 3-foot barrier, laying on the ground, and getting up. So, they go through
that circuit six times, and then they move into what
we call the push-pull station, that replicates that altercation. And they need to push and
maneuver a weight six times. The weight is 70 pounds. The standard for what we call a pass is four minutes and 45 seconds. In policing, the physical
demands are unpredictable, and it’s difficult to do your job well or safely if you are unfit. Narrator: Cadets are also timed in scenario-specific training like this exercise, where the objective is
to load up a truck bed with various life-saving supplies. Each item weighs about 50 pounds, and the goal is to safely load the truck in less than two minutes. Instructor: Time. Good one, 2:02.9. [dog barking] Narrator: Training moves outside when cadets work with a dog handler. Brent Bates: This is Bailey. She was my partner as a police dog. I spent seven years on the road with her as a police dog when we were partners. She goes on what are called uniform runs. It’s supposed to simulate
running with a dog handler, pursuing a suspect, or
looking for a lost person. Instructor: Come on, let’s go! Bates: We end up going
over a lot of fences when we’re chasing bad guys. It’s just the nature of how our work is. To try and get a dog over a fence, our main concern is the safety of the dog. We don’t want the dog getting
hurt chasing somebody. And so there’s certain ways to get the dogs over the fence. They utilize their harness,
so what we usually do is get one person at the top of the fence, sit on top of the fence, and then I hand the dog up to them. And their job is to make sure she doesn’t come back over the fence or jump down the other
side and hurt herself. We’re lucky with Bailey. Bailey’s very friendly and very easy to work around. The cadets use it as a
bit of a learning tool, to show them how to be around the dog and what the dog looks like
when it’s actually working. Jonathan Neufeld: What a
tremendous opportunity. A turning point for this troop. Narrator: Cadets have to
pass a rigorous inspection of their barracks, known in the RCMP as pits. Cadets lay out all components of their duty belt on their beds and stand by while an officer inspects all of their clothing and personal belongings. Neufeld: Look what you have done. A cow sacrificed their life for your belt. Look what you’ve done to it. How they do present their
pits and lay out their pits is an extension of themselves, and it does translate to other areas across the cadet training program. Ginette Rochon: It is minus 25 right now, and you’re out here in a forage cap. You’re out here not prepared for duty. This entire troop will be at learning assistance
tomorrow morning at 7:30. Wear your fur cap and carry your hat here, so you can wear it for class! Narrator: What sets the RCMP apart is its uncompromising attention to detail. [shouting instructions] Narrator: Which is on full
display in the drill hall, where cadets spend hours practicing marching, maneuvers, and customs. Instructor: Shout it out! Rochon: It’s an extremely valuable component of training here, because it teaches cadets that sense of discipline, self-control, and composure. Instructor: You need to see
a chiropractor or something? Put your feet forward. McGinley: It’s about
conditioning the mind, simple commands, you respond. You see the threat, you respond. Even though it looks very
ceremonial in nature, it’s all connected back to doing policing. Rochon: The bottom of the
flap, all the way down here. Lower it, the bottom here. That’s where it should be. Why are those things
important in our uniform? Cadet: Public perception of us. Rochon: What happens if we
have poor public perception? Cadet: Lack of faith. McGinley: It’s not about
buttons and zippers, and it’s not about marching. Everything has a connection
back to policing. Attention to detail in your uniform translates to looking for what’s missing. Looking for what might be evidence when you get out into the field. Narrator: Drill practice culminates in a ceremony known as the
Sergeant Major’s Parade. And every week, there’s a
special guest in attendance: a 28-year-old man with
special needs named Matthew. Shannon Berard-Gardiner:
He has come to the RCMP Depot parade on Tuesdays for the past six years. And it’s his, like, ultimate thing. This is what he looks most forward to, is being able to come here
and to have this relationship that he’s developed with the drill unit. Oh, orange again?
Instructor: Again? Berard-Gardiner: On the other hand? Instructor: Want me to do the other hand? Berard-Gardiner: It’s
just tremendous, like, they’ve just sort of taken
him under their wing, and he has his own uniform. You know, they made him an honorary cadet. [clapping] Narrator: Although the Mounties are known for their iconic scarlet tunic, this is the uniform you’ll actually see a modern Mountie wearing on duty. But the red serge remains a defining characteristic of the RCMP, used as the formal attire for ceremonial events. The uniform comes together here, where a team of more than 20 tailors alter the uniforms to the specific
measurements of each cadet. Nila Filoteo: We take them
apart, we put them together, and do the alterations. We like to see the smile on their faces when they come in and,
you know, get fitted. When they receive the tunics, then they know that, you know, they’re wearing a prestigious garment. [bugle call] Narrator: The week before graduation, cadets attend what’s known
as the Regimental Dinner, held in the officers’ mess. It’s a tradition that,
according to the RCMP, media has not been allowed
to attend before now. McGinley: It exposes them to
the importance of our history. Cadets: To the force. McGinley: We adhere to
some very old traditions that we’ve inherited from the British army and the Canadian army
that we’ve made our own. Cadet: To the queen. Cadets: To the queen. Narrator: One seat at the
table is left unoccupied to honor the memory of the more than 240 RCMP officers who have died in the line of duty. Breton: It’s really a culmination of that family piece that we talk about right
from the beginning. That building of that esprit de corps. Sitting there together as the corps, celebrating the organization that they’re just about to join. ♪ O, Canada ♪ ♪ We stand on guard for thee ♪ Narrator: Before they graduate, cadets take part in the oath ceremony. This troop took their oaths in French. After taking the oaths, the cadets remove the
epaulets from their uniforms, signifying that they are no longer cadets. [cheering] McGinley: They’ve become
members of the Mounted Police. They grow 2 inches,
and they look so proud. And their families and their
friends when they see them are so proud of what they’ve achieved. Canadians trust the RCMP and
have for a very long time. It’s fragile, and we have to make sure that we maintain that.

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  1. You’re under arrest eh. Could you kindly put these handcuffs on? Careful not to put them on too tightly eh, wouldn’t want you to hurt yourself

  2. Was not aware they had renamed Depot the "Academy". Another denigration of our once proud institutions and their traditions. Judging by the general disposition of the prospective recruits its more of the downward spiral into the abyss of mediocrity. The top kick barking out orders would be considered a weakling and reject in context of the force in its heyday. As an academic and historian with a particular interesest in the RCMP, it is a matter of great sadness to see what the political interference that has been applied by the Liberal government has done in rotting out the corps. The fact that the current RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki looks like a congenital idiot in a fat suit does little to dispel the general air of incompetence which Bill Blair & Minister Ralph Good for-F-All are at the forefront of the dysfunction. A sickening perversion of one of the finest forces in the world which was a source of pride for the country, brought low by the Pearson/Trudeau Quislings. However if this seems like an unintended consequence one cannot easily ignore the destruction of the Canadian Elite Commando unit by Romeo Dallaire who was recently seen supporting the terrorist Omar Khadar at his University of Dalhousie coming out party. SNAFU would be a step up from Keystone Stooges we are at the mercy of. https://www.ottawalife.com/article/the-death-knell-for-the-rcmp?c=1

  3. When growing up in Burnaby B.C., my best buddies Father was an RCMP Corporal. One day he was going to drop my friend and I at the CG Brown Memorial rink in his RCMP car when we spotted a cat that had been hit on the road ahead of us. There was 3 or 4 people on the side of the road and one car watching this poor cat spin and jump flinging itself all over the road. The Corporal hit passing gear as we got up to it and thump thump ran it over and killed it! I was shocked as were most of the people watching by their expressions. I must of had a "WTH" look on my face because he explained he was sparring the cat more misery. Made sense to me, but I was just a kid. And he never stopped to explain it to the onlookers! Lol

  4. I don't see any paraplegic, atheist, Islamic, Eskimo, bisexual, transgender, vegan, illegal aliens or alien grays in your ranks! Where are they!!?? Everybody knows you can't hire law enforcement today based on merit! It has to be part of the racial/sexual preference/gender neutral/pro gay/pro child molestation/Christian hating and heterosexual hating quota.

  5. In the Academy, we had to receive direct shots of pepper spray right into the eye. Everyone had instant snot running from their noses. Cold water became your best friend. AWESOME stuff. As far as the training goes, yes you definitely need Common Sense. And no matter how much you study, nothing prepares a police Officer like on the job training.

  6. As an American I honestly don't know much about the differences between province/territory…but CLEARLY heard possibility to relocate to REMOTE and FRIGID, nearly uninhabitable areas…that is humbling, not sure a salary of a million dollars a year could convince me lol…more respect for such police and Canadians at large

  7. It’s odd hearing the guy say “the day if you draw your weapon”. Not when you will

  8. Regular Bad Cop: “Cut the bullshit and tell us the truth!”

    Canadian Bad Cop: “Please tell us the truth or you shall face very dire consequences, eh?”

  9. So much respect for the empty (respect) seat. As A former Royal Canadian Armoured Corps soldier, we do the same. It is the utmost respect that we can pay for our fallen comrades. God speed our RCMP. Stay safe.

  10. I expected the training to be easier and nicer than American police agencies like the FBI or secret service, but damn. It's like they're on an optional training retreat.

  11. It is February, year 2020 A.D. We were here in the 1970s and 1980s and it was near impossible for Asians to get into the RCMP. You look at the mostly white retirees in the legion pub and you can see how they recruited during those years. It will take hundreds of years for the RCMP membership to reflect the ethnic population of Canada.

  12. Canada is a beautiful country. When I lived in Washington State my parents would travel to Vancouver, and over to Victoria. We also went to Penticton and I need to see Butchart Garden again. We also went to Banff Park which joins Glacier National Park. When I was 18 I went on a trip with a friend of the family when he was driving long haul trips. It was an incredible trip going up to North Battleford Sacagawea and experience the Aurora Borealis.

  13. One of the things they don’t go through is how to arrest ISIS terrorists. Those guys just come back to Canada and work in sandwich shops. Good job RCMP! Thanks…

  14. So the RCMP is a Military Police Force good to know feel sooo much safer knowing that the military protects us lol 😂🤣BTW I have no faith in the Cops best defense is a Gun in your hands not the cops and it's really funny I'm surprised they don't have a sitting in Tim Hortons for hours killing time instead of being on the roads doing thier Jobs

  15. Everyone commenting about how certain troops from other countries are stronger and better trained… Yeah no shit, this isn't the Canadian military it's a police force. You can't compare the marines to them cuz that makes no sense. JTF2 training is way harsher for example.

  16. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha


    I can't. I just can't.

  17. There's a TV show that's called Fugget about it that is about an ex mobster that is in exile in regina sescatchuan. Search it on YouTube

  18. Anyone else getting that traitor, Bernie sanders adds shoved at them by the comrades at youtube? guy should be taking a very long walk off a very short rope, just saying.

  19. funny how this video drops amidst the wet’suwet’en protests.. trying to win the peoples vote? i see yall

  20. The application process takes about a year and a half or longer, not 8 months. Maybe if your a certain minority it could be, but it's unlikely.

  21. Canadian police are allowed to be nice, figuring they have the world's biggest meat shield protecting them from Mexico.

  22. The RCMP wanted to update their training regime to be more in tune with the violence of todays criminals, including an aggressive active shooter program, they hired 10 military contractors from XE/R2… to implement training over a 2 year time frame(train the trainers)…They said they wanted a tougher, more capable (physically and mentally stronger) and resilient Police Officer. They wanted a very high standard, well that didn't work out very well. What they really wanted was for the program to look good on paper, when in reality most were being pencil whipped through the program which had a very high failure rate….Not one female passed….We were 6 months into the program and it was halted due to injury and failure rate…..

  23. Taught how to lie. Put their hand on the Bible in court and then lie in front of God and everyone in the court room. While wearing their over rated Red uniform. How to repeatedly taser someone to death at the Vancouver airport. And then try to keep their lie's consistent with one another to cover up their murder. Dysfunctional organization .huge cost to taxpayers.

  24. Wait a sec! They didn't show the special training course that applies not to uphold the laws when blocking any train rail tracks.

  25. So the RCMP don't address their awful past in their training? Or focus on repairing relations with minority and FN communities they historically repressed?

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