Community Outreach & Engagement
IMS Social Group Community Outreach
The summer months on the downtown east side see an increase in the number of people living on the street. As a result, there is an increased need for food, first aid and personal hygiene supplies, clothing, bottled water, etc. For the past few years, the IMS Social Group has made sandwiches during June, July, and August and donated them to First United Church. The IMS Social Group has also done a summer clothing drive and purchased a variety of items (socks, bottled water, sunscreen, etc.) to donate to First United Church. The funds would be used to purchase sandwich supplies and other items to donate.
Drug & Paraphernalia Education / Awareness Kits
The VPD currently maintains an Illicit Drug Presentation Kit used by members as an aid when presenting drug topics to groups. This kit contains real samples including Cocaine, Heroin, Meth, MDMA, etc. Groups range from JIBC Programs to the Citizens Police Academy. The kit is used approximately 1-5 times per month. Feedback indicates the kit is a well-received method of providing awareness of drugs, packing & paraphernalia. Currently samples in the kit are secured in aging plastic exhibit bags. This request for funding is to refurbish the Drug Kit into a secure and professional format; see attached photos. This request is spurred on in light of current extreme drug trends (Fentanyl) and related handling procedures. This proposal is for two Drug Kits.
Cops for Cancer Community Event Fundraiser Jail
Cops for Cancer is very involved in fundraising for pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes right here in the Lower Mainland. We host a large number of events throughout the year which bring cancer awareness to our communities. Our most popular event(s) that we do each year are a large number of "jail-n-bail" type fundraisers where we have local VIP's "arrested" and placed in a makeshift jail. These people then attempt to bail themselves out by raising funds for the cause. We are actively building our brand and attempting to put on larger scale events. Our team of dedicated police officers require a professional looking collapsible fundraiser jail that we can be proud to take anywhere and use in venues where we are attempting to gain attention.
ID4ME continues to impact the population we serve in an exceptionally positive way. Without ID, community members face multiple barriers such as accessing better housing, tus or airplane travel, unable to open a bank account of obtain common experience payments. With the Ministry moving forward with 'direct deposit' for Social Assistance cheques, there remains a much needed presence for ID4ME. The VPF have funded ID4ME for 5 years resulting in over 1,300 pieces of ID. Replacing identification also bolsters the Police Data Base allowing members to be safer knowing who they're dealing with and as an investigative aid for Production Orders and other police tactics.
Women in the Downtown Eastside are particularly vulnerable to multiple forms of violence and often, are reluctant to call the Police when they have been victimized or others have been harmed. SisterWatch began in 2010 with the community and Police working together with a commitment to keep women safe in the community. In this neighbourhood, safety takes on many forms and with supportive funding, we can help women with immediate resolutions to some of their challenges which may include transportation costs to services outside the Lower Mainland, educational opportunities and program fees, family connections and cultural celebrations. Funding remains crucial in developing trusting relationships to support their goals.
Honouring Our Heroes
The Vancouver Police Museum would like to expand the current Fallen Officers exhibit to tell the stories of each officer killed in the line of duty and exhibit artifacts belonging to those officers. Through their stories we honour their memories and their dedication to the department and we share with the community the dangers and challenges that the VPD face while looking at the changing landscape our of community.
Make Your Move Campaign
Aimed at engaging community members and bar staff to help prevent sexual violence in the Granville Entertainment District. Training bar staff how to recognize and act in situations where patrons are at risk of sexual violence. Eye catching posters in selected downtown bars.
Nurture Through Nature Community Workshop Series
The ever-increasing urbanization of Vancouver is threatening the local bee population and in partnership with Hives for Humanity and the POPATCH Garden Committee, the Nurture through Nature Community Workshop Series hopes to educate and connect with community groups regarding nature’s greatest pollinators. The beekeeping workshops provide a fun, unique and innovative way for VPD members to interact informally with community members and establish/build positive relationships. Ongoing funding for this program helps to increase the impact of this educational series, while providing necessary materials to maintain the POPATCH Garden, which supplies essential produce donations to local community programs.
2018 Volunteer Recognition Open House
The CPSU is seeking funding for 2018 Volunteer Recognition Open House. This is an annual event that started in 2013, originally held in April in relation to the National Volunteer Week in Canada. The CPSU utilizes this opportunity to recognize the hundreds of volunteers who give their time to the different groups that work with the VPD, including the 10 Community Policing Centres in the City of Vancouver, the hundreds of Block Watch volunteers, the Vancouver Police Foundation's volunteers, the Citizen's Crime Watch Volunteers, and the Vector volunteers, all of whom have contributed toward making Vancouver Canada’s Safest Major City. The volunteers kindly offer their support and time to be an integral part of the VPD's engagement of the public. This is an opportunity for the VPD and VPF to appreciate the volunteers with an event held solely for them.
2017 Canada Day, Pride & Santa Claus – Volunteer Attire
The CPSU is seeking funding for volunteer / participant shirts for the upcoming Canada Day and Pride parades, as well as Santa Claus hats for the upcoming Santa Claus parade. The shirts and hats were custom designed according to the events' themes in 2016. Always, volunteers from the Community Policing Centres wear their CPC's patrol jackets during the parade. Each CPC has their own jacket and there is no uniformity in their appearance. The volunteers are an integral part of the VPD contingent during the parades and kindly offer their support and time to participate. In 2016, the executive took note of and complimented the uniformity made possible by the attire purchased for these events. This is an opportunity for the VPD and VPF to appreciate the volunteers with a keepsake as well as have a more uniformed look for the VPD's part in these parades.
Khalsa Diwan Society Community Policing Centre
The Khalsa Diwan Society Community Policing Centre (KDS) is an unique community office to the City of Vancouver as it is the only community policing centre located inside a religious building in Canada. The request for funding from the Vancouver Police Foundation (VPF) is to continue to bring awareness to the KDS by providing community police jackets, signage, and equipment for the volunteers.
Be Date Safe
Pubic awareness campaign aims to reach out providing information to the public re: dangers of online dating. It will provide real, current and informative tips and advice to all people on how to navigate Internet dating safely.
Women’s Personal Safety Team 2017
The VPD Women's Personal Safety Team is a truly unique program supporting women's safety in our community. Our program enhances women's security, self-protection and confidence by providing the tools to prevent and defend from asocial violence, including education, training and resources. We teach women of all ages, demographics and abilities. The WPST seeks support to expand our outreach and promotion of personal safety. To ensure our continued success, we require several team equipment items as well as promotional and educational material.
VPD Family Day Funding 2017
The CPSU is seeking funding to support the 5th Annual VPD Family Day in September 2017. The primary use of the funds is for catered food from two local food truck companies. This is one of the two largest annual events hosted by the VPD. The event allows both sworn, civilian, and retired members to come together and share different facets of the VPD with their family. The event showcases the VPD to family members and promotes the VPF as a generous supporter of the VPD family.
Lunch with the Chief – 3 Year Funding Request
The popular Lunch with the Chief series seeks ongoing funding for the next 3 years in order to continue hosting events at the Carnegie Community Centre for residents of the Downtown Eastside, as well as VPD frontline and Executive members, including the Chief Constable. This event takes place approximately 5 times a year and has been hugely successful in improving relationships between law enforcement and community members. By providing an informal platform for engagement, participants are able to share in food and conversation, as a way to break down established barriers of communication and have meaningful, positive interactions in a neutral environment.
VPD Lion Dance Team
New Lion Dance costumes and team equipment to replace old customers and replace old or broken equipment.
Active Deadly Threat Informational Video
The purpose of this application is to obtain funding, to produce a short, professional informational video to provide the general public with options should they find themselves involved in an Active Deadly Threat (ADT) incident.
Operation Lock UP
Steering wheel locks deter thieves from targeting stolen or theft-prone vehicles. VPF funding will assist with the VPD in providing locks to registered owners of these vehicles, which do not have immobilizer, from being victimized. The VPD will bring a different approach in making the locks available to the public.
VPD Victim Services Unit
Flight kits for victims fleeing abuse / violence, food cards, water and nutrition for on-scene crisis management for victims, bus tickets, and taxi funds for clients, VSU bears, etc. Uniforms for staff who attend callouts, brochures to promote Unit, promotional material.
VPD Member Appreciation & VPF Promotion Event
The CPSU is seeking funds to support the VPD Member Appreciation and VPF Promotion Event. This event provides meals to over 550 VPD employees per night on each of the 3 Celebration of Light deployments. The event boosts morale and increases the profile of the Vancouver Police Foundation with the VPD employees, including front line sworn officers.
100 Years of VPD Traffic Section
The purpose of this exhibit is to feature the growth and development of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) Traffic Section through its 100 year history. It will explore the early history of transportation in the City of Vancouver and the need for the VPD to create a Traffic Section in 1918. It will also explore the development of the City’s infrastructure and the changing responsibilities of the Traffic Unit.
The Queen’s New Guard – Documentary Film
In 2014 the VP Pipe Band celebrated its centennial by becoming the first and only police pipe band to perform at Buckingham Palace. The entire process was filmed but needs funding to edit into a finished documentary.
Mental Health & Addictions
CPC Volunteer Mental Readiness Training
The purpose of this project proposal is to provide front-line Community Police Centre volunteers with Mental Readiness training to assist them in carrying out their duties. Mental health is often part of the situations they are dealing with and volunteers have requested this training to help them cope with what they are facing. Often times, volunteers are exposed to vicarious trauma through their interactions with clients and this training could help prepare and protect them from adverse consequences as a result of these interactions. This funding is for room rental, lunch and supplies. Volunteers will be provided with a take-away package containing useful information and resources.
Fentanyl – Treatment Modules
Odd Squad Productions Society is applying for $30,290.40 to research, develop and print a user’s guide to accompany the fentanyl / substance abuse prevention and treatment modules that the Vancouver Police Foundation partly funded in 2016. Through our partnership with ‘Safer Schools Together’, particularly Executive Director Theresa Campbell, Odd Squad will work to complete the user guide and facilitate distribution of the package to schools and other stakeholders throughout Vancouver, the Lower Mainland and the Province of BC before the end of 2017.
Technology & Special Equipment
VPD Bike Unit
The following request is to purchase Level 2 protective equipment for Bicycle Unit members qualified to work with the Public Safety Unit to provide a greater level of safety for those members while they support the Public Safety Unit. In previous protests including May Day protests, Bicycle unit members have remained on scene in various roles in support of the Public Safety Unit. Bicycle Unit members have also been used to escort anarchists who were carrying flaming torches, clubs and sticks at some demonstrations. The described equipment will give PSU Commanders more options for deploying the Bicycle Unit members and provide a much greater level of personal protection for those members.
Athlete Management Software
To configure and create a tailored Athlete Management System (AMS) that can encompass all Vancouver Police Department in a highly "roles and permissions" based centralized platform. The focus for the initial phase of this project would be for the SMA to function as a repository of information for the athletes including assessment information, rehab programming, strength & conditioning programming, injury logs and other user specific data and information (subjective journals or questionnaires). The data and analytics tools can be utilized to aggregate third party devices VPD decide to implement within their organization, i.e., GPS tracking system, heart rate monitoring, sleep patches, etc. The AMS software can also be used for communications, utilizing the messaging and calendar tool, for both in season and off-season.
GPS Survey Equipment
In conducting surveys of crime and collision scenes, the Collision Investigation Unit has traditionally relied on the Leica Total Station. This equipment presents a number of challenges to the members using it and has largely been abandoned by other police agencies in favour of more modern options. One such option is GPS based survey equipment. GPS equipment would allow scenes to be surveyed more rapidly, freeing up police resources and restoring access to roadways and public areas in a more timely fashion.
Increasing case law places limitations to the intensity of searches conducted within the Vancouver Jail. Specific restrictions safeguard the privacy of pre-trial prisoners; but severely restrict the lawful ability to conduct strip searches of male & female prisoners. Strip searches are no longer the normal practice. The risk to officer and other prisoner's safety created by not searching underwear for weapons and contraband forms this request to purchase a walk-through style body scanner / metal detector for the Jail.
Gang Tackle 2
Gang Tackle 2 is a Vancouver Police Gang Crime Unit anti-gang program that provides education and strong alternative choices for at-risk youth who are vulnerable to become involved in the drug trade or gangs. In dealing with youth they often have a romanticized view of gang life and drugs. Gang tackle 2 seeks to provide students with real life examples of how drugs and gang life can negatively impact their lives.
VGBA Langara VPD Challenge
Since 2010, I have successfully established and run an annual high school boys basketball tournament featuring sixteen schools from Vancouver. In order to support female sport equally, The Vancouver Girls Basketball Association (VGBA) and Langara College have agreed to partner with the VPD for the 2018 VGBA Langara Challenge that features girls’ basketball teams from sixteen Vancouver schools. Since the logistics and the fixed costs associated to this event are covered through various community sponsors, I am hoping to receive a one-time grant of $4,000 from the Vancouver Police Foundation that will provide scholarships to eight graduating senior girls.
Vancouver Police Student Challenge 2017
The VP Student Challenge is an ongoing program that has changed and shaped youths lives in Vancouver. One of the most significant signs that we know this program has an impact on youth, is by looking at the number of successful applications to the Department that have graduated from the Student Challenge. Looking to purchase some equipment.
Police Athletic League Rugby Program
VPD members will help promote rugby as a way to promote good lifestyle choices among youth. PAL Rugby Events will teach students about the core values of rugby and how they can be applied off the field. This program will also promote positive contacts between VPD members and youth by supporting and interacting with existing school rugby programs and introducing “Rookie Rugby” to schools. In addition to the bursary offered by Justice Rugby, it is proposed that some funds be made available from the VPF. These bursaries would be offered to youth who have been selected for representative rugby but have difficulty in meeting the financial obligations.
Vancouver Police Soccer & Service Club 2017
The club has operated 2 youth programs for over 30 years - free for participants. The soccer school draws approximately 250-300 children provides a positive experience and a positive environment to interact with VPD officers. The program provides soccer equipment through a local business to children in East Vancouver that cannot afford to participate in the sport.
Aboriginal Recreation & Culture
Urban Aboriginal youth experience increased risk of negative association and criminality, as a result of compounding risk factors including lower rates of employment and education, higher social inequality and isolation, increased risk of substance abuse, as well as intergenerational trauma. In order to help address overrepresentation of urban Aboriginal youth in the Criminal Justice System, the ARC program aims to connect participants with police mentors, increase pro-social relationships and engage participants through fun, healthy activities. Through this active engagement, mentorship and relationship-building, it is expected that participants will continue on to lead healthier, more pro-social lifestyles.
Grandview Elementary School Community Celebration
As a school in one of Vancouver’s most marginalized neighborhoods, Grandview/¿uuqinak'uuh Elementary School has many students who face a multitude of challenges on a daily basis. Many of these youth have older siblings / family members who have negative associations with police and / or are involved with criminal activity. In order to address existing stereotypes and improve on community relationships, the Community Celebration Series helps to foster understanding and trust between the VPD and community members. By intervening during a child’s formative learning years, these celebrations will help to increase engagement, improve relationships and educate community members and law enforcement about each other.
CYAC Brochures & Presentation Equipment
Multi-lingual brochures and information sheets, posters, projector, screen and tent would help The Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre. The team consists of two VPD detectives, two social workers and two victim service workers who provide a coordinated response to child abuse investigations.
VPF will host this on October 3 at the Roundhouse. The event is an evolution of the Women's Safety Fair, and will involve staff from Sex Crimes Unit, DVACH, Youth Squad and Diversity. Approximately 150 Grade 10 students will be hand-picked to participate in discussions about diversity, consent, healthy relationships, personal safety and safe dating.