August 24th, 2007

fraser mountie by cherryice

RCMP Swearing-in: The three oaths

I thought this might be of interest. The source is Scarlet Tunic: Volume 2 by Robert Gordon Teather, an RCMP veteran of 30 years, published in 1997.

When an RCMP constable is sworn in, he or she takes a three part oath:

Oath of Allegiance: "Do you solemnly swear that you will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, her heirs and successors according to the law, so help you God?"

Oath of Office: "Do you solemnly swear that you will faithfully, diligently and impartially execute and perform the duties required of you as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and will well and truly obey and perform all lawful orders and instructions that you receive, without fear, favor or affection of or towards any person, so help you God?"

Oath of Secrecy: "Do you solemnly swear that you will keep absolutely secret all knowledge and information of which you may become possessed through your position with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; that you will not, without due authority in that behalf, discuss with members of the Force, or any other person, either by word or by letter, any matter which may come to your notice through your employment with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, so help you God?"

To each of these questions, the response is: "I do so swear."

In 1967, when Teather was sworn in, he was instructed to hold a Bible in his right hand during the swearing-in, and to kiss the Bible after the conclusion of the three oaths. I'd be curious to know whether this is current practice, forty years later.