Community Outreach & Engagement
Grandview School Community Celebrations: Spring Gathering
This is a continuation of the original Grandview School Potluck Series that had great success/engagement. This gathering will include all of the youth who attend Grandview School and their families (most students from lower social economic background). It promotes positivity about police and education to these youths. Funding awarded for food, beverages, etc.
VPD Women’s Safety Fair
Funding is awarded for two additional Women's Safety Fairs (previous Fairs were very successful and well received). This request is for a Fair in 2016 and one in 2017. This funding will cover take-away items (keychain whistle/light), posters, flyers, poster boards, water, food and giveaway prizes.
Lunch with the Chief
Following 2 years of successful collaborative events with the Carnegie Centre Society for the "Lunch with the Chief" program, requests from community continue to be raised for additional gatherings. Usually, there is about 80 DTES community members at each lunch. This is a chance to meet, socialize and share information from frontline members who serve their community - improving relationships between police and community members. The grant will fund lunches in 2016 and 2017.
“Student Swag” Outreach Material
Funding is awarded for giveaways to students at presentations, PAL events, and everyday interactions. School Liaison officers interact with over 55,000 students every year. Students are receptive to having a police officer visit their school and particularly like receiving items such as stickers, pens, keychains, etc. This encourages students to have positive outlook with police.
This program was created to enhance positive relationships with VPD and at-risk youth by building vintage vehicles together. The program has been in place for 8 years with 20-30 students each year. With this grant, the youth will be able complete the restoration of 1935 Ford police car.
VPD Member Appreciation & VPF Promotion Event 2016
Funding is awarded to provide meals to over 550 VPD members, per nights, on each of the 3 Celebration of Light fireworks events.
VPD Family Day Funding
Funding is awarded to support the 4th annual VPD Family Day in September of 2016. The funding is for catered food from a local food truck company. This is one of the two largest annual events hosted by the VPD. It allows sworn, civilian and retired members to come together with their families.
Women’s Personal Safety Team
This Team is composed of 30 volunteer female police officers and provides free training sessions to women in the community and educates them on personal protection. The funding awarded will help promote this successful program and equip the instructors with marketing material, program-branded clothing and participant "safety swag" such as whistles, keychain lights, lanyards etc.
"Making Everyone Safe and Healthy" (MESH) Project was created to assist youth and to lower the growing number of youth-related crimes in Southeast Vancouver. Working with Community Centers and elementary schools, the VPD creates specialized police-youth events centered on sports and socialization to instill confidence in elementary school-aged children to stand up to bullying and street-gang violence. The grant funding will support sports equipment, uniforms (t-shirts/jerseys) and banners/signage.
Volunteer Attire for 2016 Canada Day & Pride Parades
The grant is awarded for volunteer shirts during the upcoming Parades. The shirts will be custom designed according to the event's theme. Currently, the volunteers wear their Community Policing Centre (CPC) patrol jackets and there is no uniformity. This is an opportunity for the VPD and the VPF to appreciate the volunteers with a keepsake as well as have a uniformed look for the volunteers at the events.
Know Your Source: Fentanyl Awareness Campaign
Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more toxic than other narcotics. The funding awarded will bolster the awareness campaign throughout Vancouver. The Foundation had also previously funded the 2015 campaign. The number of deaths has continued to steadily increase and this funding will assist in continuing the campaign to display information-laden posters at bus shelter locations frequented by the target audience.
SisterWatch & ID4ME
Bridging the gap between the VPD and those in the sex industry. ID4ME - the Sex Industry Liaison Officer assists community members to obtain identification to improve access to services and increases self-esteem, while improving relationship building with a marginalized population. SISTERWATCH - building on the existing profile and investing in the protection of women through personal and community safety training, outreach by the Sex Industry Liaison Officer, and resolving other challenges that surface in this community. The funding awarded will build on the existing program.
Safety Education for Elders (S.A.F.E.) Project
S.A.F.E. increases awareness and education directed at victims and potential victims of Elder Abuse. The programming includes specific information sessions for communities as well as training for community organizations. The grant will fund educational material to community organizations, institutions and leaders and also marketing through the City of Vancouver bus shelters and Translink skytrains / buses.
Mental Health & Addictions
“Face” Mental Health – Locker Mirrors & Youth Mental Health Awareness Posters
Funding is awarded in support of the Vancouver Police School Liaison Unit (SLU) in partnership with the Vancouver School Board (VSB) youth mental health awareness campaign. The funding will cover posters for VSB schools, to generate discussion, reduce stigma and provide resources around the topic of mental health.
Odd Squad Fentanyl Awareness Program
The grant is awarded for an overhaul on the Odd Squad's substance abuse presentations to youth by way of a video component related to fentanyl and also production of four podcasts on fentanyl.
Vulnerable Person Registry
In 2014, the VPD met with the Foundation to discuss creating a resource based program to strengthen the gap between First Responders and persons in the community that have cognitive mental health disorders. The VPD sought to develop a voluntary Registry where contact and emergency medical information could be stored and accessed by VPD members in times of crises. Information such as recent photo, de-escalation techniques, medical intervention and emergency contact info. Medic Alert Canada has agreed to provide admin support. The funding awarded will be used to launch a media campaign to promote the Registry and highlight VPD’s proactive role with respect to this issue, and the partnership with the Foundation and Medic Alert.
Technology & Special Equipment
Specialized Medical Kits
During a major event, it is nearly impossible to get any form of medical response into a large crowd to deal with people who have been injured. These specialized kits allow the PSU to respond to medical emergencies in heavy crowds as quickly as possible. The VPF funds will permit the PSU to purchase seven additional specialized kits to add to the existing five for the Unit.
Binocular Night Vision Devices
These devices give ERT members a significant tactical advantage over high-risk suspects. The funding awarded for 2 BNVD's will increase on ERT’s current inventory to further enhance their ability to respond to critical incidents in low-light/no-light environments.
This project focuses on South Asian youths aged 15-18 years of age. The grant will fund group meetings with youths (occurring every second Wednesday) to set and achieve goals with the help of the VPD. There will be a Guest speaker at each dinner. The funding will cover the cost of food and refreshments for two years.
The grant will support the purchase of 500 VPD "branded" basketballs, which will be distributed through PAL and frontline patrol officers to Vancouver’s schools. This program will continue to enhance the positive work by the VPD regarding social responsibility and promote active lifestyle amongst youth.
T.R.O.O. (Total Respect of Ourselves & Others)
"Sexting" is a combination of sex and texting and refers to the sending of sexually related text or images from one mobile phone to another. The majority of youth are unaware of the consequences or the illegality of their behaviour. TROO is a new program and the first of its kind in Canada designed to address the issue of sexting among youth. In partnership with Children of the Street Society, VPD's Youth Services Unit will run full-day sessions for youth who have been “caught” sexting. Funding is awarded for 8 Youth and 8 Parent workshops, support staff, marketing material and snacks.
VPD Kids / Activity Books & Sticker Creation
The grant will fund the development of child/youth safety activity books and handout material, which will be distributed by School Liaison Officers, members attending calls involving children, officers on patrol, and working beaches and parks. They will also be available to the public at the public service counters at Cambie and Graveley, as well as Community Policing Centers. This request focused on Youth Programs, Mental Health and Community Outreach. The activity books will be on: Bullying / Traffic, Bike & Pedestrian Safety / Stanger Danger / Mental Health / Halloween Safety / and Calling 911 (the funding will also provide for tear-off sticker sheets, etc.)
Police Athletic League (PAL)
Funding is awarded to enable PAL to support various sporting programs for Vancouver youth. For 2016, PAL will organize the Youth Soccer Tournament for Vancouver elementary schools. This funding will include "branded" soccer balls. PAL will also assist other sporting programs such as the VPD Judo Afterschool Programs.
Yo Bro/Yo Girl Youth Initiative: R3 Respectful Responsible Relationships
In response to the need to address the issue of relational violence, Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative has developed a 10-week program for all youth. This program, R³ Respectful Responsible Relationships, addresses relational violence as it helps all youth understand the culture of violence, how they may contribute to it, and most importantly, how they can work together to create a culture that is free of violence. The funding awarded will go towards equipment, supplies, healthy meals and snacks, and some administrative assistance to help prepare material and support the data collection component of the program. The funding will deliver 5 programs in Vancouver school from July 2015 through to September 2017.
Streetfront Marathon Team
The Streetfront Alternative Program at Britannia Secondary works with students (ages 14-16) on family issues, mental health, learning disabilities, involvement in the criminal justice system, etc. The Streetfront Marathon students are resilient, self-disciplined, responsible, and dedicated. Inspiringly, former students return year after year for training, race participation, and to provide mentorship as well as program legacy. The funding requested was for running shoes, appropriate clothing, race entries, transportation and accommodation (Seattle), and nutrition. Streetfront places an emphasis on physical activity and outdoor experiences as a way to engage students who have trouble in the mainstream school system.
This project is a PAL-sponsored event that allows Vancouver youth an opportunity to play floor hockey during the evenings as a deterrent to gang recruitment and drug use. It promotes positive and meaningful youth/police relations through sports. The funding awarded will cover the costs of logos on t-shirts, gym rental, hockey sticks (for the youth who don't have their own), goalie equipment, refreshments (Gatorade, snacks) and first aid kits. The snacks keep the youth around at the end of the session and give the officers an opportunity to engage the youth in meaningful discussions.
NewKids Vancouver – Youth Police Academy
Studies suggest that there are specific factors that place visible minorities (including newcomers and immigrant youth) at higher risk for criminal activity. This program will instill education and awareness around law enforcement through peer and police mentorship - through fun and engaging experiences that promote social justice, healthy lifestyles, issues of identity, integration & adaptation, and also bullying and violence prevention. The funding awarded will cover program materials, transit passes, food & refreshments, and an external evaluation.