Blessed are they that mourn:
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the peacemakers:
for they shall be called children of God. Matthew 5:3
The Vancouver Police Department has been in existence since 1886. During our history sixteen members have been killed in the line of duty.
Every day, the men and women of the Vancouver Police Department put their lives on the line. Each day could be their last, but danger is an accepted part of police work everywhere.
Some people say that we now live in more violent times and yearn for "the good old days". However, the "good old days" were violent too. Indeed, most Vancouver Police members were not killed in recent times.
In the "good old days" new officers were sworn in as constables upon being hired, and immediately given a uniform, revolver and badge. With very little training they were sent out on patrol to learn on the job. They often worked alone, even at night on a walking beat. They had no radios, and if they had to call for cover, they relied on call boxes. If they could get to one.
Eleven of the sixteen Vancouver Police members killed in the line of duty were shot. They varied in age from 21 to 54 years old, in rank from Constable to Chief Constable, in years of service from 5 months to 20 years. But they all had one thing in common: they were all killed in-the-line-of-duty, protecting and serving the citizens of Vancouver.
Sir Robert Peel, the father of modern day policing stated that, "The people are the police and the police are the people." How true. Please remember, as you read their stories, that these police officers were also fathers, brothers, husbands and sons who left behind loved ones. The impact of their death affected many.
"We Shall Never Forget You."
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