Opened in 1986, the Vancouver Police Museum is North America’s oldest police museum. Through self-guided tours, or a variety of public and school programs, the Museum has been educating the public about the history of crime and law enforcement in Vancouver.
To date, the Vancouver Police Foundation has funded several of its permanent exhibits, including the new 2016 feature exhibit “Bridging the Gap: Vancouver’s Youth & the Law”, which opened its doors on January 15, 2016.
Packed with interactive components, the exhibit offers a journey through crime trends, changing legislation and policing practice that makes it unique to Vancouver. The main component of the exhibit is an educational and interactive game that visitors can play to learn about VPD’s current programs and experience youth perceptions and issues in a range of eras.
Youth educational programs have been an integral component of the Vancouver Police Department community outreach and one of the key areas of support of the Foundation for many years. It is exciting to be able to add such an informative piece about Vancouver’s youth to the museum’s collection.
The beautiful artwork that adorns the wall of the exhibit is done by Larissa Healey. Larissa is a facilitator with RestART, a program helping at-risk youth find a creative outlet.
The Vancouver Police Foundation is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Exhibit. For more information, please visit VancouverPoliceMuseum.ca.