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Over $7.5 Million Towards More Than 150+ Innovative Programs

To date, the VPF has granted over $7.5 million towards 150+ innovative policing and community crime prevention programs which are not included in the annual operating budget of the VPD. This page highlights a few of the programs we have supported and the impact our investment is making in the community.

Youth Connect

Last fall, approximately 150 students, staff, and counsellors from high schools throughout Vancouver attended Youth Connect at the Roundhouse Community Centre. The day-long symposium was created to provoke thought and promote dialogue among high school students about issues such as consent, diversity, healthy relationships, personal responsibility and safe dating. Trained facilitators led students through 45-minute interactive workshops throughout the day.

More than 45 sworn and civilian police members were involved in the event, including staff from Youth Services Section, Special Investigation Section, Victim Services Unit and Diversity. Sixteen members of the Women’s Personal Safety Team led workshops for female students. Students from 15 Vancouver secondary schools participated in the event.

The Vancouver Police Foundation granted over $6,000 for this event.

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Lunch with the Chief

The Foundation funds the very popular and successful Lunch with the Chief series. Hosting upwards of 80 – 100 members from the community, this unique project has had a significant impact on relationships between VPD members and Downtown Eastside community and business members. These lunches work to address safety and security issues – Downtown Eastside residents are able to share their experiences in a neutral, fair environment and discuss what they see, hear and feel while working and residing in the community. Improved relations and an increased sense of confidence in the police are essential factors in addressing the overall safety of these communities. The Lunch with the Chief initiative continues to be an excellent tool in providing the opportunity for community members to forge stronger relationships with the police. The lunches take place four times a year – by providing an informal platform for engagement, participants are able to share in food and conversation, breaking down established barriers of communication and having meaningful, positive interactions in a neutral environment. This is a marquee program for the Vancouver Police Foundation and we are proud to fund this initiative.

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