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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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Patrol officers headed to a call while on the sidesteps of police car, date unknown. Police Cars, Old Pictures, Vancouver, Growing Up, Canada, History, City, Twitter, Vintage

Vancouver Police on Twitter

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

Vancouver Police patrol van, year unknown Police Patrol, Historical Pictures, History Facts, Old Pictures, British Columbia, Vancouver, Antique Cars, Canada, Vintage

Media Tweets by Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD)

The latest media Tweets from Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD). Official Twitter account for the Vancouver Police Department. This account is not monitored 24/7 *EMERGENCY CALL 911* Non-Emergency 604-717-3321. Vancouver, BC, Canada

Fallen officer's watch is returned in November Constable Robert McBeath, EOW October Fallen Officer, November 2013, Watch, History, Clock, Historia, Bracelet Watch, Clocks

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

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. My Community, We Are The Ones, Police Officer, Evolution, Third, The 100, Canada, History, Celebrities

Evolution Of Women in Policing

Celebrating 100 years of Women in Policing.

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) Female Police Officers, Female Soldier, Law Enforcement, Young People, Vancouver, Retro Vintage, History, My Love, World

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)

Vancouver Police Beat cop at Robson and Granville in the History Facts, Old Pictures, British Columbia, West Coast, Vancouver, Canada, Travel, Vintage, Viajes

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

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 Vintage Pictures, Old Pictures, Old Photos, Vancouver City, Vancouver Island, Seymour, City Of Glass, The Great Fire, Historical Pictures

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.