Collections

VPD-Archives

The Museum collects objects, photographs, and archival materials related to the history of policing in Vancouver and the Vancouver City Coroner Services. Objects in the Museum date from the 1870s to the present day. The museum’s wide collection includes:

  • Badges, insignia, and uniforms
  • Equipment used by the Vancouver Police Department, such as handcuffs, flashlights, communication equipment, and blood alcohol analyzers
  • Items relating to the history of specialized squads such as the Emergency Response Team, the Dog Squad, the Mounted Squad, the Pipe Band and the Public Safety Unit
  • Items confiscated by the Vancouver Police Department, such as weapons and drug paraphernalia
  • Objects related to the history of the heritage building

For an in-depth look at our artifact collection, explore our new publicly accessible online database. New images are added daily, so check back often. Learn about donating artifacts.

 

Archives

    The Vancouver Police Museum has a small but unique archival collection. Items include Vancouver Police Annual Reports, procedure manuals, and some personnel records. The collection is available for public access by appointment only. Please e-mail your request for access to research@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca.

    Please note that the official archival repository for the Vancouver Police Department is the City of Vancouver Archives.

    VPM Archives Management Policy and Procedures

Photographs

    The Vancouver Police Museum’s photographic collection comprises more than 10,000 images depicting the history of the Vancouver Police Department and the City of Vancouver from the 1880s to the present. Access to the photograph collection is not currently available online, however our image database is available at the Museum by appointment. Please e-mail your request for access to research@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca.

    Ordering Digital Reproductions

    Digital reproductions ordered from the Vancouver Police Museum may only be used for research or private use, unless permission for publication or commercial use is applied for and granted. Images will be burned to disk and must be picked up from the Museum in person. Payment must be made in full at time of pick up.

    Condition of Use (Commercial and Publication)

    Permission to reproduce, transmit, distribute, or otherwise use photographs from the Vancouver Police Museum’s collection must be obtained in advance. Permission is for non-exclusive, one-time use of a single image. A permission fee may be charged for ventures where publication or commercial use for profit is intended. Permission fees are not required for personal or private use, for use by non-profit societies, nor for use by newspapers, community cable, TV, or news broadcasts. All reproductions must be credited to the Vancouver Police Museum. Reproductions distributed electronically must contain the credit or caption as part of the image.

    Copyright Information

    Photographs held by the Vancouver Police Museum are subject to provisions of the Copyright Act. Photographs taken before December 31st, 1962 are generally in the public domain. However, the Vancouver Police Museum may not own copyright materials in the collection. Those purchasers seeking permission to use photographs for commercial purposes are responsible for determining whether any use of copyright material does or does not constitute infringement of copyright.

Address & Hours

Vancouver Police Museum

240 East Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3

604-665-3346
info@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca

Tue. – Sat.: 9 AM – 5 PM
CLOSED on Sundays, Mondays, and Stat Holidays

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The Vancouver Police Historical Society is responsible for the operation of the Vancouver Police Museum. The VPHS is an independent non-profit charitable organization. Your support helps promote the VPM's programs and community initiatives.

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