Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Canada 150 - Dominion Police

During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
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Today I have for you...

Tomorrow in Canadian history - 1 February 1920 the Dominion Police were merged with the Northwest Mounted Police to become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Dominion Police was created on 22 May 1868 after the assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee.  The men that numbered under a dozen were to guard the federal government buildings and naval yards. Their responsibilities, and the force, grew with time.  They were Canada's secret service. In May 1918 the Dominion Police became a civilian force under the Military Police.

More information and the commissioners names can be found here. Looking in Sessional Papers of Canada, their reports were never printed. But payments to constables and others providing services to the Dominion Police are in the Auditor General's Reports. 

The service records of the Dominion Police are with the records of the Northwest Mounted Police at Library and Archives Canada.

Relevant Links

Dominion Police Records with NWMP record search at LAC

Dominion Police - Fallen Officers

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