In Search of Adventure

In Search of Adventure

In 1949, several young Mounties arrived in Canada’s newest province to enforce federal law. Like those who followed, they were in search of adventure, and they found plenty. RCMP veterans, as well as the last living Newfoundland Rangers, tell their personal stories in this book. From laughter to moments of sheer terror, to discovering innovative ways to connect with the communities they police, to investigating the murder of one of their own, these RCMP veterans tell the true history of the RCMP's first 70 years policing in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was founded in 1873, and the first Newfoundlander to join was Constable Earnest W. Peyton, in 1888. He was the son of a prominent family from Twillingate and was believed to be 21 at the time. It was March 22, 1949, some 76 years after its inception, that the RCMP arrived in Newfoundland and Labrador. Eight Mounties and one officer arrived in the province and opened a Divisional Headquarters on Kenna's Hill in St. John's to enforce federal law. The RCMP was officially recognized a year later, on August 1, 1950, with an agreement between RCMP Deputy Commissioner C. K. Gray and the Attorney General for the province, the Honourable L. R. Curtis.

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In 1949, several young Mounties arrived in Canada’s newest province to enforce federal law. Like those who followed, they were in search of adventure, and they found plenty. RCMP veterans, as well as the last living Newfoundland Rangers, tell their personal stories in this book. From laughter to moments of sheer terror, to discovering innovative ways to connect with the communities they police, to investigating the murder of one of their own, these RCMP veterans tell the true history of the RCMP's first 70 years policing in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was founded in 1873, and the first Newfoundlander to join was Constable Earnest W. Peyton, in 1888. He was the son of a prominent family from Twillingate and was believed to be 21 at the time. It was March 22, 1949, some 76 years after its inception, that the RCMP arrived in Newfoundland and Labrador. Eight Mounties and one officer arrived in the province and opened a Divisional Headquarters on Kenna's Hill in St. John's to enforce federal law. The RCMP was officially recognized a year later, on August 1, 1950, with an agreement between RCMP Deputy Commissioner C. K. Gray and the Attorney General for the province, the Honourable L. R. Curtis.
Helen Escott (CA)
Helen C. Escott is a retired civilian member of the world-renowned Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). She served as the senior communications strategist for Newfoundland and Labrador and was the communications lead on high-profile cases, including the RCMP’s response on September 11 after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City. During her service, Escott wrote and implemented the Atlantic Region Communication Strategies to combat organized crime and outlaw biker gangs. She created the media relations course and guidebook used by the RCMP, and she taught the media relations course for senior management at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa. Before joining the RCMP, she worked in the media for thirteen years in various capacities, including reporter, on-air personality, and marketing and promotions representative. Helen C. Escott is the author of the widely read humour blog-turned-book I am Funny Like That. In her first crime novel, Operation Wormwood, she taps into her darker side and takes readers on a thrill ride through the historic city of St. John’s.
Page length 306
Publication date (yyyymmmdd) 20200801
Publisher Flanker Press
ISBN: 9781771178211