A History of Women in the Vancouver Police Department

During the early 1910s, the women’s suffrage movement was in full swing. Women’s rights groups were firmly established and boasted vast memberships. One such organization was the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), a group founded on the tenets of evangelical protestant beliefs. While the WCTU is best known today as

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The entrance to 238 East Cordova Street, which served as the City Analyst’s Laboratory from 1932 to 1996. Photo VPMA photo collection P04708.

The City Analyst’s Lab: Vancouver’s History as a Forensic Pioneer

As visitors to the Vancouver Police Museum peruse the artefacts on display or read about unsolved murders, they stand, many unknowingly, above an 86 year old time capsule. Just one floor below the museum lies the abandoned City Analyst Laboratory. Antiquated chromatographs and centrifuges can be found tucked away in

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The old Coroner's Court in Vancouver, BC. The Vancouver Police Museum

The Fascinating History of The Coroner’s Court: Part 1, The Bodies

This is part 1 of our 3-part series on the history of the Coroner’s Court: One of The Vancouver Police Museum’s biggest claims to fame is the fact that it was once the city’s Coroner’s Court and Autopsy Suite. Many bodies have lain on the cold steel tables that are

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The Story Behind Tom Carter’s Painting of The Vancouver Police Museum

Recently, The Vancouver Police Museum was bestowed with a one-of-a-kind custom painting created by celebrated local artist Tom Carter. Depicting a dramatic scene from the Vancouver Police Department’s history back in 1935, the artwork channels a ‘Vancouver Noir’ essence, complete with slick city streets, clandestine black automobiles and haloed lights

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The Mystery of Cannabis Criminalization in Canada

Written by Matteo Miceli Last month, the Canadian Government legalized cannabis. For many activists, the road to legalization was a hard-fought, decades-long battle. The legalization movement in Canada gained momentum in the 1960s and 1970s with the emergence of the hippie counterculture. Then, for over 50 years, people protested cannabis

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Behind the Lines A Traffic Story The Vancouver Police Museum

Cars, Collisions and Traffic Safety: A Science of Its Own

  Accidents happen. Accidents involving motor vehicles happen all the time. By all accounts, vehicle collisions have been around as long as vehicles have, and they can be a constant source of mystery to police and the public alike. Were they caused by driver error? Weather conditions? Mechanical failures? All

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Revisiting the Milkshake Murder

* This is a repost of a popular blog about the Milkshake Murder presentation by Robert Noon for our 2015 Speaker Series. Eve Lazarus has just released her highly anticipated book “Murder by Milkshake” and we are thrilled to be featured in her thrilling narrative. Learn more about her book

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How the 1971 Gastown Riot Came to Be

Written by Matteo Miceli Vancouver in the late 1960s was going through a dramatic social change. There was a growing rift between the city’s youth and those in power. The hippie counterculture had migrated north over the border and become a prominent lifestyle choice among many of the city’s youth.

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The Beast of British Columbia, Part II

The Beast of British Columbia (Part II of II)

Written by Jesse Donaldson Before Mindhunter, Before Robert Pickton, Before the Discovery of the Highway of Tears, There Was Clifford Olson Born in St Paul’s Hospital in 1940, Clifford Olson began his criminal career at a young age. By the time he was in Grade Two, he was regularly stealing

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The Beast of BC, Clifford Olsen, as seen in his mugshot.

The Beast Of British Columbia (Part I of II)

Before Mindhunter, Before Robert Pickton, Before the Discovery of the Highway of Tears, There Was Clifford Olson. Written by Jesse Donaldson. The trial of Clifford Robert Olson was over just as quickly as it had begun. On January 14th, 1982, three days after entering a Not Guilty plea on 10

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