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Book Launch -The RCMP Celebrates 70 Years in Newfoundland and Labrador

Updated: Apr 7, 2022

Book Launch -The RCMP Celebrates 70 Years in Newfoundland and Labrador

On August 1, 2020, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will celebrate 70 years of policing in Newfoundland and Labrador with the launch of: In Search of Adventure – 70 Years of the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador, written by Helen C. Escott and published by Flanker Press.

Due to COVID-19 we cannot have an in-store book launch for "In Search of Adventure- 70 Years of the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador." So, we will have a virtual book launch. Please join in on Saturday, August first at 2 PM on Facebook live at

You can also pre-order the book from the publisher at

After August first, it will be available at stores throughout Newfoundland and Labrador including Costco, Chapters and Coles. Nationally, it will be available online at or in ebook and softcopy.

Award winning author Helen C. Escott has captured the stories from the Veterans behind the police lines. This historical collection will be released on August 1, 2020 to mark the anniversary and will be available in soft cover and ebook at stores throughout the province and online.

These RCMP Veterans had a front row seat to history. From UFO encounters, to moments of sheer terror, to discovering innovative ways to connect with the communities they policed, to investigating the murders of two of their own. As well as personal stories from two constables who were in the middle of the Badger Riot on March 10, 1959 when 24-year old RNC Constable William Moss was fatally injured.

These Veterans built the foundation of the world renowned RCMP and Escott was proud to take on the project, “These police officers lived by The Principles of Law Enforcement. They worked toward our collective success with crime prevention, community trust and engagement, never being above the law, always believing - the police are the public and the public are the police.”

On March 22, 1949, nine RCMP officers arrived in Canada’s newest province and opened a Divisional Headquarters on Kenna's Hill in St. John's. On August 1, 1950, the RCMP was officially recognized with an agreement between RCMP Deputy Commissioner Gray and the Attorney General for the province, the Honourable L. R. Curtis.

Escott, a retired Civilian Member of the RCMP, interviewed each Veteran and documented their stories. Including three of the last living Newfoundland Rangers, the first female police officer to serve in this province and the first Mounties to arrive in 1949 to Canada’s newest province.

In Search of Adventure is Helen C. Escott’s first historical memoir. Her bestselling crime thriller Operation Vanished was awarded a Silver Medal – Best Regional Fiction at the 24th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. Her first crime thriller, Operation Wormwood, was a top five finalist for the 2019 Arthur Ellis Awards, Best First Crime Novel, by the Crime Writers of Canada.

In Search of Adventure and Escott’s other novels are available at: Costco, Chapters, and Coles. Also, online at Apple – iTunes, Nook – (Barnes & Noble), Amazon, and Kobo. National and international orders can be placed by calling 1-866-739-4420 ext. #22 or you can send e-mail

In Search of Adventure: Painting

Painting back cover

To celebrate this book and the 70th anniversary of the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador, local artist Darrin Martin created a painting that celebrates our rich history.

This incredibly beautiful work of art is featured on the back cover and is believed to be the only painting of the RCMP in NL. Prints are available for purchase through Darrin at OR at his website at:

Here is a description “In Search of Adventure.”

The Mountie is surrounded by a turbulent sea representing the early years, but the water gets calmer as it goes toward the horizon representing how our Veterans paved the way for the benefits members have today. The sky is purple - the colour of Royalty (Royal CMP) The cabins represent the houses the first members had to live in in Labrador. The iceberg represents the strong, large presence of the Force and the fact that most of it cannot be seen. The three flags represent NL, Canada and the RCMP.

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