Here at the Vancouver Police Foundation, we see incredible acts of selflessness, outreach to community and VPD officers going above and beyond to support those most vulnerable in our city and to make Vancouver safer for all. For this reason, we think every day should be Law Enforcement Appreciation Day!
However, each year, January 9 is a special national day recognizing the hard work and sacrifice of police officers everywhere.
The VPD currently employs more than 1,300 uniformed officers and 400 dedicated civilian professionals – all of whom play a crucial role in serving Vancouver’s citizens and visitors, guided by the principles of ICARE – integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence.
In the City of Vancouver, the VPD receives more than 700 calls for service – every single day. Let that sink in for a moment.
These calls range from robberies, to assaults, to homicides, fraud, car accidents, online bullying, and so on. No two days are the same for VPD officers, and no two calls are the same. And while some calls end very successfully and happily, many do not. Many calls take a serious mental and physical toll on everyone involved. Despite this, officers continue to put themselves out there, day after day to help others and even when assaults against police officers, including murder, are on the rise. Just yesterday, a VPD officer was injured by a suspect firing at first responders at 177 East Hastings Street.
What’s even more remarkable, is that countless VPD officers and civilian staff want to make a greater difference after their shifts and on days-off, even after facing more horrific things than anyone of us can imagine. Due to the nature of their work, they often see the gaps and needs in our neighbourhoods before anyone else. They have a front-row seat to the unique hardships in every corner of the city. When the officers identify what is needed, they work hard to find a solution, and usually that means turning the Vancouver Police Foundation to help them launch and sustain impactful community support programs.
In 2022 alone, thanks to generous donors who believe in the valuable work and dedication of these VPD members and civilian professionals, we granted $1.7 million to over 120 innovative programs. Each funded program falls into one of four pillars: Community Outreach & Engagement, Youth programs, Mental Health & Addictions, and Technology and Special Equipment. It is also important to note that these programs are outside of the regular operating budget of the VPD – they are not considered essential policing and are typically managed by the officers on a voluntary basis.
“It doesn’t matter how old you are, what gender you identify with, which ethnic background or race you are, or what your socio-economic circumstance is; if you’re struggling with addiction or housing, if you’re sporty or artsy, or if you need support avoiding or exiting gang-life, there is a great chance we fund a program started by a VPD officer that could benefit you or someone in your family,”
– Andrea Wright, Executive Director, Vancouver Police Foundation
Since the inception of the Vancouver Police Foundation in 1976, hundreds upon hundreds of VPD officers and civilian staff have stepped up and gone beyond the scope of their jobs to give back across Vancouver. In that time, we have supported these dedicated officers by granting over $13 million to nearly 250 of their impactful programs. Thousand of lives across Vancouver have changed for the better because of their commitment to safety and personal support.
We think newly retired VPD Constable Linda Malcolm said it best when she recently told us why she consistently went above and beyond to support and protect the individuals she served during her 41-year career in law enforcement:
“My chosen career was in policing – which is public safety – which means I am totally committed to the safety of people in Vancouver. The Vancouver Police Foundation provided me and other Officers with tremendous opportunities to make a difference in the community that we serve.”
Linda is one of 1700+ VPD members that feel the same way and also go above and beyond to make a difference beyond their policing assignments. The VPF is so proud to work with hundreds of these officers and every day, we are inspired by them. We greatly admire their courage, dedication, and sacrifice for everyone across the city.
So please join us, today and every day, as we show law enforcement officers within the VPD and those in countries who similarly support extensive community building and engagement initiatives across the country , that we understand their difficult work and truly appreciate their commitment, risk, and natural instinct to go above and beyond.
If you would like to support the community outreach efforts of these incredible VPD officers and civilian staff, please donate online or call us at 604.717.3700. Gifts of all sizes can make a difference.
The Vancouver Police Foundation supports programs and initiatives that fall under one of four pillars: Youth Programs, Mental Health & Addictions, Community Outreach & Engagement, and Technology & Special Equipment. You can help build a safer Vancouver by donating to the Vancouver Police Foundation.