From its humble beginnings as a one-man operation in 1886, to its current strength of more than 1,700 civilian and sworn members, the Vancouver Police Department has long maintained a tradition of dedication to service "Beyond the Call," and working to make Vancouver the safest community in Canada.
Lurency Harris was one of the first female police officers hired at the VPD in 1912. She acted as a matron in the jail, escorted women prisoners and made regular patrols of pool halls, cabarets, dances and other places where young people congregated. The VPD was the first police force in Canada, and third in the world, to hire female officers. (photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Museum)