Our History

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.
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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)

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)

The first official uniforms for female police officers in 1947.

The first official uniforms for female police officers in

Vancouver Police Beat cop at Robson and Granville in the 1900s.

Vancouver Police Beat cop at Robson and Granville in the

The VPD celebrated 100 years of women policing with the Department in 2012. We were the first police department to hire women in Canada, and the third police department in the world.

The VPD celebrated 100 years of women policing with the Department in We were the first police department to hire women in Canada, and the third police department in the world.

Patrol officers headed to a call while on the sidesteps of police car, date unknown.

Vancouver Police on

Patrol officers headed to a call while on the sidesteps of police car, date unknown.

VPD officers standing in front of the makeshift City Hall at Carrall and Water Streets, which doubled as the police station after the great fire of 1886.

VPD officers standing in front of the makeshift City Hall at Carrall and Water Streets, which doubled as the police station after the great fire of

Fallen officer's watch is returned in November 2013. Constable Robert McBeath, EOW October 9, 1922.

Fallen officer's watch is returned in November Constable Robert McBeath, EOW October


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