Learn about forensic entomology at The Vancouver Police Museum!

Forensic Entomology in Canada: How Bugs Solve Crime 

By Liam Mcgillivray   You may be surprised to find out that police officers aren’t usually the first to arrive at a crime scene. The quickest first responders are actually … bugs! As gross as this may sound, bugs can often help investigators solve crimes. The use of bugs and

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Museum Closure Update Re: COVID-19

  Dear Vancouver Police Museum & Archives supporters and visitors: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the museum has made the difficult decision to close temporarily starting today, Tuesday, March 17th. This may change, however, depending on the recommendations from local government and health care administrators regarding public health concerns

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The Vancouver Stock Exchange: A Legacy of Fraud and Money Laundering Part II

In part one of our Vancouver Stock Exchange blog, we covered the history of the exchange as it evolved to become a haven for scam artists and fraudulent ventures. If you haven’t already, you can read part one here.   This past year, the term “money-laundering” has dominated the local

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The Vancouver Stock Exchange: A Legacy of Fraud and Money Laundering Part I

This blog is the first in a two part series about a particularly corrupt and crime-laden time in the Vancouver Stock Exchange’s history. “Generally speaking, the most respected fiction writers in Canada are Margaret Atwood and Robertson Davies, but no one churns out a body of fiction as consistently high

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Inside ‘Gun Culture’: An Interview with Museum Curator Elizabeth Peterson

  “While doing research for this renovation, I started thinking about why people own guns. This led me down a rabbit hole of popular culture and firearms history. In this research, I learned about the concept of ‘gun culture’ which focuses on societies’ attitudes, beliefs and relationships concerning firearms.”–Elizabeth Peterson,

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Computer Revolution: The Story of the VPD’s MDT Pilot Program

Policing is not a word often thought synonymous with cutting-edge technology. Television crime dramas have played up the image of lone-wolf detectives, who favour instinct and “gut feelings” over fancy gadgets. The reality is that modern police agencies rely heavily on technology to do their jobs. Historically, the Vancouver Police

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Policing Vancouver During the Great War–Part 2

This is a reposting of a popular blog series from 2014 in honour of Remembrance Day and those who nobly served. The First VPD Men Who Went to War: “No mere jackboot militarism inspired them. They sought neither the glory of conquest, nor the rape nor the loot of sacked

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The Vancouver Police Museum is one of Vancouver's most haunted sites for good reason. Learn about its history here!

The Ghosts of The Vancouver Police Museum

The Vancouver Police Museum is often singled out as one of Vancouver’s most haunted sites for good reason. Built in 1932 and designed by architect Arthur J. Bird, the museum, now a designated heritage building, originally served as the city’s Coroner’s Court, Autopsy Facility and Analyst’s Lab. That means, over

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Salt Water’s City: “King of the Thugs” Jim Goon

By Cat Rose “I want you to understand and to take into consideration the fact that the man who stands arraigned on this charge is a Chinaman of low caste,” began the counsel for the defense at the pimping trial of Wong Yuen Jim. “There is a tendency among some

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The Incredible History of The Penthouse: A Vancouver Landmark Weathers 70 Years of Change

By Sheena Koo There aren’t many Vancouver establishments—without heritage designation—that remain standing these days. The Starfish Room, The Cave, The Ridge, Pantages Theatre along with countless others have all disappeared with the times, taking with them irreplaceable history and stories that will never get told. All around the city, relics

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