On November 25th, the Vancouver Police Museum unveiled a new interactive exhibit, Situation Critical: Vancouver’s Emergency Response Team (ERT). Each year, the museum presents a major exhibit highlighting an important element of VPD operations. The exhibit was made possible by a $40,000 grant from the Vancouver Police Foundation.
The purpose of the exhibit will be to:
- Focus on a high-energy specialized unit within the Vancouver Police Department (VPD).
- Spread awareness of the role of the ERT and how they support the VPD’s mandate to Go Beyond the Call to make Vancouver the safest major urban city in Canada.
- Educate students in the special training, tactics, physical and mental requirements of highly trained professionals acting in stressful and dangerous situations.
- Create support from the community and the public at large on the ERT’s role in handling special law enforcement challenges.
The Vancouver Police Museum was established in 1986 to preserve the heritage and history of the Vancouver Police Department. The museum is not affiliated with, nor receives any regular funding from the VPD, the City of Vancouver or any other funding source. Each year, more than 10,000 elementary and secondary students visit the museum, and numerous programs, lectures and workshops are offered to adults. The museum provides a vital link between the VPD and the community it serves, presenting VPD members and staff as role models of policing leadership, community service and good citizenship.
To date, the Vancouver Police Foundation has donated over $100,000 to the Vancouver Police Museum.
Learn more about the Vancouver Police Museum and the exhibit.