Community Outreach & Engagement
The challenge coins will be given, as special mementos, to the business community and members of the public, in recognition of their service and/or assistance to VPD Homicide Unit members during investigations. Homicide detectives recognize that many investigations would not succeed without the assistance of the community.
Motorcycle Drill Team Anniversary
The VPD Drill Team will celebrate the 65th Anniversary in 2019. The Foundation's support will assist the team in its continued outreach into the community, commemorating the 65th Anniversary.
In 2015, the Foundation provided the seed funding to bring Project 529 to Vancouver. The program is focused on combating and reducing bike theft in the city. The 2018 grant will assist the Project 529 team with the purchase of additional bike registration decals, which visually indicate that a bike is registered within this VPD program.
The Foundation is funding the engine restoration of the VPD's antique 1947 Mercury Police vehicle. The vehicle is a unique asset to the VPD and is used extensively in the community to build relationships and also for recruiting purposes.
Get Work Cybercrime
To create awareness, the Foundation will support a digital media campaign led by VPD Financial Crime Unit highlighting common cyber frauds and associated preventative measures.
IMS Social Group Community Outreach 2018
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 and basic necessities. The funds provided will be used to provide food, much-needed denture care, foot hygiene products, sunscreen, and bottled water.
Theft from Auto Advertising
Theft from autos (TFAs) continue to be a large crime problem in the City of Vancouver. Using current social media practices, the grant will assist VPD in launching a public awareness campaign to educate the public on how to reduce the chances of being a victim of a TFA.
Women’s Personal Safety
The Women's Personal Safety Team (WPST) delivers personal safety workshops that empower women to feel safe, aware and provide the tools to counter asocial violence. With the past support of the Foundation, the program has grown exponentially in the last five years and has reached over 2000+ women in Vancouver. The 2018 grant will assure the WPST's continued growth and outreach in our community.
The ID4ME identification project is designed to assist low barrier and vulnerable individuals to move forward in their lives by providing them with photo identification. The success of this program has been felt, in particular, in the Downtown Eastside with the residents in the area using their new ID to open bank accounts, obtain improved housing, and upgrading their education. Every contact made with individuals in this program closes the gap in helping to strengthen the existing relationship with the Police.
Sex Industry Liaison Economic Support
Being able to engage with women, men and transgender persons involved in the sex industry continues to have a meaningful impact within this marginalized community. The funding will assist the VPD in building trusting relationships, increasing the reporting of violent incidents, and helping individuals to move forward through detox or recovery programs, higher education, re-connecting with family and other matters.
The City of Vancouver currently does not require residents to mark their addresses on the rear of their premises. This has negatively impacted emergency response times and can affect public safety. Implementing standardized addresses at the rear of premises would result in quicker response times. The Foundation is supporting a citywide educational media campaign to promote this initiative.
“Her Time”: Female Anti-Gang Program
"Her Time" works in conjunction with Odd Squad productions to assist with gang prevention initiatives. The program will have access to resources that will assist women with an exit strategy: i.e. doctors, psychologists, career counselors, and additional law enforcement agencies.
Learning that a child has experienced an abuse can be overwhelming for families. Caregivers experience a wide range of emotions. The Treehouse Society is uniquely positioned to reach caregivers who need support. The Foundation, in partnership with the Treehouse Society, will support the creation of a series of psychoeducational workshops that will help caregivers address their own trauma and the trauma experienced by the child or children in their care.
Safety Resource Kits
Victims who have fled from violence can benefit from these Foundation-funded preassembled kits filled with essential key items. Many of these victims are marginalized and have multiple barriers such as loss of housing, lack of income, children at risk, transportation issues, lack of food, and personal items.
Cops for Cancer Marine Day
Cops for Cancer Marine Day BBQ at the Port of Vancouver will bring fun and enjoyment to young cancer patients and their families while promoting the positive efforts of police to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer programs.
Senior Health & Safety Fair
The one-day awareness event will provide an opportunity for seniors in our community to interact with police members and learn safety tips that are of interest to this demographic group. The event will also provide the VPD with an opportunity to learn more effective ways to better serve the seniors.
CPC Volunteer Education Program
A one-day yearly training session for CPC volunteers and staff members. The session will include lunch and supplies/resources. Training will include mental readiness, crisis intervention, youth and bullying.
The VPD prides itself on being one of Canada's finest police agencies. The recruiting unit hopes that by having active members participate in high profile sporting and community events such as Tough Mudder, new applicants will be attracted.
NEWS – Newcomer Education Workshop Safety Program
The NEWS program will connect police with Newcomers and recent immigrants to BC who may have negative associations or preconceived notions of police. The workshops will provide participants with an understanding of how policing in Canada works, their rights as new Canadians, ways to protect themselves and their families, and successful integration. This exposure to members of the VPD can vastly improve relationship-building processes amongst hard-to-reach populations through a joint learning experience.
Good Night Out Street Team
Good Night Out Street Team consists of trained volunteers (mostly nurses) who assist the most vulnerable patrons (women and LGBTQ2S+) to the Granville Entertainment District during the busiest periods on weekends. Their services include simple check-ins, more intense support related to over-intoxication, linking with transportation, charging phones, reuniting with peers, intervening on witnessed harassment, and liaising with Police. The program is the first of its kind in Canada, and likely North America. The Foundation will support equipment and resources to assist the team.
Mental Health & Addictions
VPD Family Mental Health Training Day
The VPD Peer Support Unit has identified a need to better train and prepare VPD families for the mental health challenges their loved one will face throughout a police career. This is an innovative pilot event, aimed at engaging and supporting VPD families with the intention of eventually holding such an event annually. The Foundation is proud to support this important initiative.
Technology & Special Equipment
Agile Mesh Camera
Funded by the Foundation, the VPD Mobile Command Vehicle has been in operation for five years during which time has been deployed and supported hundreds of public events, critical incidents, parades and training exercises. The onboard and remote camera system is now in need of an update to re-establish stable connections to allow the camera to remain robust. The new camera will have the technology to seamlessly partner with other technologies during large scale multi-agency events, while providing accurate situational awareness for incident oversight.
The Foundation will fund a small tactical robot to assist the VPD's Emergency Response Team. Gathering intelligence with this robot will provide a much safer alternative to not only the police but also the subjects that the police deal with during critical incidents.
Personal Flotation Devices
The Foundation will fund the purchase of Personal Flotation Devices to be installed in all VPD patrol vehicles.
Emergency Response Team (TEMS) Medic Program Equipment
The VPD ERT medic program has identified a need for a flashlight that allows the medic to work hands-free on an injured officer. The Foundation will fund a specialty flashlight that has blood highlighting and night vision capabilities. In addition, the flashlight is waterproof up to 200 meters for marine operations and can also be mounted on a tactical vest or metal surfaces.
ERT Medic Program Intubating Mannequins
The VPD ERT Medic Program has had over a dozen deployments, including interventions performed on an officer severely wounded in the line of duty. The Foundation has funded an intubating mannequin to assist the VPD during the robust annual training program for the maintenance of core competencies.
Digital Forensic Lab Microchip Tools
The VPD continually receives updated electronic devices that normal forensic methods fail to acquire. The Foundation is funding the acquisition of the most advanced tools and methods for evidence recovery through hardware manipulation techniques and microchip removals.
The Foundation is providing seed funding for a new VPD E-Bicycle Program to test two new e-bicycles as a new option for VPD deployment. These bicycles can be utilized in various functions including beach patrol and have the ability to cover a much larger area for rapid deployment.
K9 Utility Trailer
The enclosed trailer will assist the VPD K9 unit with their transport needs and a mobile cost-effective storage solution for their drug detection wall as well as a variety of other uses.
VGBA Langara VPD Challenge (Girls)
In 2018, the Vancouver Girls' Basketball Association partnered up with Langara College and the VPD to run a girls' basketball tournament featuring sixteen Vancouver schools. The Vancouver Police Foundation will once again provide scholarships to eight graduating senior girls for the 2019 VGBA Langara Challenge.
Love who you want. Play what you want.
The Foundation is supporting a new social media campaign spotlighting the issues surrounding LGTBQS2+ community specifically related to individual and team sport environments. This campaign will include an educational video along with a partnership with the Vancouver Police Athletic League to students, sport teams and community groups around this very serious issue.
Yo Bro, Yo Girl CHOICES
The CHOICES Program is designed to positively intervene with youths at high risk elementary schools in the city of Vancouver. The program is meant to deter youths from anti-social activities such as drugs and gangs as they progress through elementary school into secondary. Sessions will be co-facilitated by Yo Bro, Yo Girl facilitators and senior mentors. Program will be supported by the VPD with the assistance of Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Coordinators, Drug section and Youth Section. The Foundation will fund facilitators, youth leaders, guides, consumables, gym shorts, t-shirts, PE equipment and assessment materials.
Youth Connect 2018
The Foundation is proud to continue its sponsorship of this successful day-long symposium designed to give high school students a forum to discuss trends such as consent, diversity, healthy relationships, personal safety, and safe dating.
Police Judo Team
The VPD Police Judo Team provides presentations for community events, facilitated by VPD volunteers, special municipal constables, VPD applicants, Police Judo students and VPD members. Foundation funding will allow the demonstration team to visit community events and promote the team in the community.
Youth Outreach & Materials
Youth Services Section interact with elementary school youth on a frequent basis, through VPD outreach programs, classroom presentations and special events. The Foundation will support the production and purchase of various giveaways for students to increase the likelihood that youth will recall the interaction with police in a positive manner.
This VPD Gang Crime Unit anti-gang program provides education and strong alternative choices for at-risk youth who are vulnerable to becoming involved in the drug trade or gangs. Turning Point provides students with real life examples of how drugs and gang life can negatively impact their lives.
Student Challenge 2018
The VPD Student Challenge Program has been operating out of the Youth Services Unit for the past 21 years. The Foundation's continued support will ensure that up to 50 youths per year, for the next three years, will have the opportunity to participate in activities promoting pro-social values and the development of life skills such as leadership, decision-making and problem solving.
Share a Meal
The Police Community Response Unit consists of specialized inter-agency teams that pair police members with social workers and youth probation officers to help at-risk youth. The teams often sit down with youth to share a meal and conversation. The Foundation funds the food vouchers to various establishments as these opportunities improve relationships and address the issue of food deprivation and nutritional deficiency amongst youth.
ICARE Challenge Coins & Lapel Pins
These special coins and pins will recognize the contributions that volunteers and participants make in their support of the Youth Services Section. These helpers and givers routinely exhibit the standards of the VPDICARE values - Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence. The coins will serve as special mementos to signify these individuals are a part of the extended Youth Services family.
Bright at Night
In winter months, poor weather and low light conditions dominate on the road. Youth are especially at a higher risk of pedestrian-involved motor vehicle accidents, due to their smaller size and lack of awareness/experience with traffic. The Foundation supports the creation of branded, reflective slap bands, which will be distributed to Vancouver schools by the VPD School Liaison Team to encourage road safety by increasing visibility by up to 500% in poor conditions.
Windermere Run Club
The Club provides a supportive and welcoming running environment for dozens of youth. Grades 8-12 students are at-risk of negative association, criminal involvement and victimization. By participating in the Club, led by VPD members, the youth are learning to overcome personal challenges together by running as a collective and encouraging each other. In addition, they develop positive relationships with VPD members. The Foundation will fund the purchase of running gear for students to train safely and in all weather conditions, as well as race entrance fees and other expenses.
New Kids Youth Police Academy
With the numbers of newcomer youth entering Vancouver area schools continuing to increase, the Foundation is committed to continue its support of NewKids program to support new immigrant and refugee youth to develop a sense of identity and belonging. The ten-week program focuses on instilling education and awareness around law enforcement through peer and police mentorship, to avert the risk of negative behaviours, and criminal involvement. In addition, it offers newcomer and refugee youth the chance to form positive relationships, instilling civic pride, self-empowerment and a foundation for positive decision making.
Night Hoops Basketball Society
Night Hoops is a non-profit organization that provides late-night basketball programming for at-risk youth and offers them the chance to grow and learn in a supervised and supportive environment. Many VPD members volunteer their time to participate in games and mentor the youth. The Foundation is funding the purchase of new jerseys for players to make sure each youth has a jersey to keep and know they are part of something great.
The Connect-A-Cop Program will launch as a pilot over the 2018-2019 school year out of one chosen Vancouver elementary school with a large indigenous population. Youth will "connect" directly with a VPD member of the Aboriginal Community Policing Centre twice a week, for the 36-week school term. With the assistance of an Indigenous Liaison Officer, along with a School Liaison Officer for that school, this program will allow youth to build a strong sense of trust, direct connection and positive relationships between the police and the youth who typically do not have positive understandings or experiences with police.
VPD Musqueam Basketball Camp
This basketball camp has been held since 2010, for the youth at the Musqueam Reserve. The Foundation's funding will provide new basketball equipment and jerseys for the participants. This camp enhances the positive work by the VPD and fosters the relationship, understanding and trust we have with the Musqueam Community.