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Crime & Policing in the North

Alaska Peace Officer Honor Roll
A memorial to peace officers killed in the line of duty in Alaska.

Yukon Peace Officer Honour Roll
A memorial to police officers killed in the line of duty in the Yukon Territory.

The History of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
A brief history from the Force's founding in 1873 to the current day.

The Police Cemetery at Dawson City
Seventeen NWMP and RNWMP officers were buried here between 1898 and 1913, and two more graves have been added since, one in 1936 and one in 2000.

The Mounted Police in the Yukon
The facts and the fantasies of policing in the Yukon - a lengthy illustrated report published in 1992 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Birth of RCMP 'M' Division, Yukon
From the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Annual Report, the story of the start of M Division in 1974.

The Lost Patrol of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
On December 21, 1910, RNWMP Inspector Francis Joseph Fitzgerald, with 2 constables and a guide, left Fort McPherson on a patrol to Dawson, but never arrived.

The hanging of Roy Yoshioko for murder, 1917
On November 23rd, 1917, Roy Yoshioko was hung at Dawson City, Yukon, for the murder of his wife Hisa in June. Her unborn baby and Percy James also died at the scene but were not included in the charge.

Mayerthorpe, Alberta - a Community Honours Dedication and Sacrifice
The murder of 4 RCMP constables near Mayerthorpe on March 3, 2005, has resulted in a park to honour all peace officers who have died in the line of duty.

Concepts of Crime in Canadian Aboriginal Societies
A lengthy analysis of First Nations and European concepts of crime and punishment.

Before the Klondike Gold Rush
The changes that took the area now known as the Yukon from a blank spot on the map to a mining area, with the police being early arrivals.

Christianity Arrives in the Yukon
The police and ministers often worked together on issues of the day.

The Dawn of a New Era - Yukon River, 1896
This is the complete 1896 Annual Report for the North-West Mounted Police, written 4 months after the Klondike gold was discovered.

The 1898 Yukon Act
The introduction to the legislation describes how the police were also the government in the early years.

Escaped convict threatens to "burn the whole country"
When convicted thief Thomas B. Grimsey escaped from the Dawson City police in January 1903, it was feared that he would make good on a threat made in court.

Law Enforcement in Alaska, 1867-1998
Over the past 130 years, law enforcement in Alaska has changed dramatically.

The Alaska-Canada Boundary Dispute
Although diplomats thought they had it settled in 1825, during the Klondike gold rush, the North West Mounted Police simply enforced what they thought was the border.

Double murder and suicide at the Black Hills Roadhouse, 1913
Two articles from The Weekly Star of January 31 and February 7, 1913, describe the tragedy which resulted from a drunken craze.

Murders in the Arctic: Alikomiak and Tatimagana
The first Inuit to be condemned and executed for murder under Canadian law, on February 1, 1924. Pugana, RCMP Corp. William Doak, and HBC trader Otto Binder had been killed.

A Dawson Christmas, 1940
This beautiful card was mailed from Dawson City in December 1940, by Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable A. K. Bond.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
A massive site with everything from community safety issues to new investigation techniques and employment opportunities.

RCMP Heritage Centre
This very attractive site presents a good history of the Force, with some superb visuals hidden in the Gift Shop.

Successful RCMP manhunt near Lower Post, BC, 1966
July 4, 1966: James Phillip Muratt is back in custody today after triggering one of the biggest manhunts in the north in several years.

Robert Hansen: a Serial Killer in Alaska
Between 1971 and 1983, Hansen stalked the sleazy parts of Anchorage looking for victims, and is known to have killed at least 17 young women

Canadian Firearms Program
Complete information on the country's gun laws.

Canadian Rangers
There are 1300 Northern residents currently serving in this Canadian Army Reserve unit.

The Alaska Police & State Trooper Store
A wide variety of clothing, tote bags, mugs and other items are available in many Alaska police designs.

Alaska State Troopers on TV
National Geographic Channel gained rare access to this elite law enforcement agency for the series Alaska State Troopers, which was filmed throughout the state.

Alaska Department of Public Safety
A broad range of information on the various enforcement agencies, crime victim compensation, hand gun statistics, etc.

Alaska State Troopers Museum
An illustrated tour of this Anchorage museum.

Cultural Sensitivity and Arctic Dogs
"Dog culling" is a traditional practise in the North, going back into the mists of time, and the RCMP used to be part of it.

Clancy of the Mounted Police
A poem by Robert W. Service, from "Ballads of a Cheechako", originally published in 1909.

Royal North-West Mounted Police studying air patrols, 1919
An article from the The Daily Deadwood Pioneer-Times (Deadwood, Black Hills, South Dakota) of December 20, 1919.

Dr. L. A. Pare, RNWMP
A brief article from 1911, when he retired from the Force and left Whitehorse.

RCMP 125th Anniversary Postage Stamps
On July 3, 1998, Canada issued two 45-cent stamps to honour the 125th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The social construction of crime in canadian aboriginal societies
The definition of crime varies by social location, in terms of both time and space.

RCMP Auxiliary Program, Whitehorse, Yukon, 1994-95
Photos of the original Auxiliary Constables in Whitehorse, and information about the program.