The Vancouver Police Department has been in existence since 1886. Since that time, 16 officers have been killed in the line of duty. They were husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons, and their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

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Sergeant
Larry Young
February 2, 1987
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Constable
Paul Sanghera
January 8, 1982
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Constable
Larry Esau
June 29, 1966
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Reserve Inspector
Arthur “Stan” Trentham
September 16, 1963
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Detective
Lawrence Short
February 9, 1962
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Constable
Gordon Sinclair
December 7, 1955
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Constable
Oliver Ledingham
February 26, 1947
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Constable
Charles Boyes
February 26, 1947
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Constable
Joseph Reilly
December 23, 1932
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Constable
Ernest Sargent
November 10, 1927
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Constable
Robert McBeath V.C.
October 9, 1922
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Chief Constable
Malcolm MacLennan
March 20, 1917
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Detective
Richard Levis
August 29, 1914
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Constable
John McMenomy
November 1, 1913
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Constable
James Archibald
May 28, 1913
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Constable
Lewis Byers
March 25, 1912

The research and original writing of the profiles of the VPD’s fallen officers was done by now-retired VPD Sergeant Steve Gibson and Constable Tod Catchpole.

The Memorial project was made possible with the generous support of the Vancouver Police Foundation.

The Vancouver Police Museum provided the photographs and assisted with the research.

VPD Officer Ensures Headstones

Acknowledge Officers’ Ultimate Sacrifice

In September 2009, Vancouver Police Constable Bill Taylor drove by a small cemetery outside Ottawa and saw four police officers laying a wreath at a grave. He learned this was an annual event to honour members from their police force who had died in the line of duty.

When he returned home, Constable Taylor researched the final resting places for the 16 Vancouver Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty, and discovered that some were buried in long-forgotten locations. Over the next two years, he made it his mission to find out where those unknown final resting places were.

Once the gravesites were located, Constable Taylor visited each one, and noticed that none of the headstones acknowledged the ultimate sacrifice of the fallen officers. He sought funding for additional grave markers, with approval from family members, and thanks to a grant from the Vancouver Police Foundation, he was able to purchase the headstones, giving the officers the honour they were due.

We will never forget.

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