Patrol Districts

Vancouver is divided into four geographical areas for our patrol officers. Each district receives service that is tailored to the needs and issues for that area.

Map of four police districts in Vancouver

District One

District One includes the neighbourhoods of the West End, Yaletown, Coal Harbour, and the Central Business District of Vancouver. The residential population of District One is approximately 80,000 people, mostly in high-rise apartments. People working, studying, visiting or enjoying downtown services, businesses, and entertainment can swell that number to over 300,000.

District Two

District Two includes the neighbourhoods of Strathcona, Grandview-Woodlands, Hastings-Sunrise, and the Downtown Eastside. Officers focus on problem-oriented policing — identifying people, premises, and areas that use a lot of police and emergency service provider resources.

District Three

District Three includes the neighbourhoods of Sunset, Renfrew-Collingwood, Mount Pleasant, Killarney, Victoria-Fraserview, and Kensington-Cedar Cottage. The district is a diverse mix of people, incomes, industries, and businesses.

District Four

The largest of the patrol districts includes Point Grey, Kitsilano, Fairview, Dunbar-Southlands, Arbutus Ridge, Shaughnessy, South Cambie, Riley Park, Musqueam, Kerrisdale, Oakridge, and Marpole.

The Musqueam Indian Band is located in the southwest corner of District Four. A service agreement between Musqueam and the City of Vancouver includes policing.

Specialty Units

This unit monitors and regulates pawnshops and the secondhand stores in Vancouver, ensuring businesses comply with the City of Vancouver Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Bylaw No. 2807.

Unit members monitor online sales and auction sites, and find and dismantle any locations fencing stolen property. They also help patrol officers and other investigative units locate stolen property and find owners of recovered property.

Unit members investigate the theft of vehicles, which can include fingerprint identification, source information, and auto theft rings.

Investigators work with other law enforcement agencies, ICBC, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, and the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team. They also provide training to other police officers, and use their expertise with GPS and other tracking technology to assist in other investigations.

The Unit is also responsible for the Bait Car program in Vancouver.

Our Business Liaison officer works with retail merchants and business organizations, sharing information on crime-related matters, providing crime analysis information, and assisting with crime prevention ideas.

The officer also provides education and training to the business community on a wide range of topics.

Find more information on crime prevention for businesses.

Since 1957, police service dogs have been valuable members of our VPD team in helping fight crime, making our Canine Unit the oldest municipal police dog unit in Canada.

We have 16 dog teams trained in tracking, criminal apprehension, evidence recovery, narcotics, and firearms and explosives detection. They work round the clock, seven days a week, responding to crimes in progress or that have just happened, like break-ins, assaults, or robberies.

The VPD Canine Unit routinely responds to over 7,000 calls for service in Vancouver per year, and assist other Lower Mainland police agencies when needed.

Meet our VPD police service dogs and take a virtual tour of our Canine Unit.

Since 1985, VPD serving and retired officers have volunteered for this unit, and represented the Department and the City of Vancouver at events and ceremonies.

Members perform Colour Party or Standard Bearer duties, Ceremonial Guard duties, and provide Honour Guards to render police honours at funerals and memorials.

The Unit takes part in the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Parliament Hill every year, in a position of honour as wreath bearers. Members cover their own costs, as willing ambassadors of Vancouver.

Booking Information

The Ceremonial Unit is pleased to offer its services to the City of Vancouver and its communities. In most cases, 60 days of notice is required for booking, but some events may be accommodated with short notice. Certain corporate events may incur costs for unit attendance.

For booking information, including guidelines on appropriate events, please contact Ceremonial Unit President Sergeant Corey Bech or Vice President Sergeant Blair Canning.

Members of the Chronic Offender Unit assist patrol officers with the catch-and-release cycle of dealing with repeat or chronic offenders. A small number of chronic offenders can have a serious impact on our community, committing countless property crimes, often to fuel their drug habits.

The VPD defines chronic offenders as:

  • having an established pattern of criminal code conviction
  • currently committing crimes
  • assessed by police or partner agencies as a medium to high risk to re-offend

Members of the Unit manage these offenders by using information, enforcement, social support, and study — acting not only in the best interests of the community, but of the offender.

The Unit also provides invaluable communication between the courts, Crown and the VPD – all working together to achieve purposeful sentencing.

When someone dies or suffers life-threatening injuries in a collision, the VPD Collision Investigation Unit investigates. Highly-trained officers go to collision scenes, gather information and physical evidence for analysis, and interview witnesses. The investigation of a single collision can sometimes take up to a year to complete.

Investigators liaise with various organizations, like Vancouver City Engineering, engineering companies, law firms, hospitals, B.C. Coroners Service, B.C. Ambulance, Vancouver Fire & Rescue, Provincial Court Services, and other police agencies. They also communicate with the injured parties and their families.

Traffic collisions can cause significant property damage, catastrophic injuries or loss of life. The Collision Investigation Unit works to reduce the number of collisions happening in Vancouver, through increased enforcement in high collision areas and through education for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

This team works with community and industry partners to improve road safety through roadside inspections and enforcing laws relating to the movement and maintenance of commercial vehicles.

This includes:

Team members are trained in air-brake system operations, inspection and enforcement. They are also trained and designated as Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspectors, following standards that apply to all commercial vehicles in North America.

This gives them the authority to remove vehicles from the road that are unsafe and do not comply with minimum safety standards.

This specialized unit responds to community issues and needs relating to prostitution and criminal exploitation. Members investigate human trafficking under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which includes the criminal exploitation of people in the sex trade and anyone who has been exploited for labour.

Members help sex workers who want to leave the sex trade, and investigate crimes related to prostitution.

The Unit has been particularly successful in resolving cases involving the exploitation of children and teens. Investigators rely on cooperative relationships with witnesses, and work closely with Crown Counsel, victims, parents, support workers, and other professionals to prosecute exploiters, and to help young people escape from the sex trade.

Successful conclusions and solutions in these sensitive investigations involves education and consultation, often using creative and modern approaches. The safety of sex workers and the community is the most important goal of the Counter Exploitation Unit.

The Crime Analysis Unit provides analysis and information on active suspects, and crime patterns and trends.

The information helps investigators solve crime, and helps the Department decide where to put resources. By forecasting crime developments, the VPD can be proactive in developing strategies to deal with it.

The Crime Analysis Unit manages the VPD’s COMPSTAT program, where spikes in crime are identified through analysis, and targeted enforcement is used to combat it, ensuring the Department and our members are accountable for crime reduction in Vancouver.

The Criminal Intelligence Unit provides accurate and timely information about individuals and groups involved in organized criminal activity to units in the VPD, as well as to law enforcement agencies in Canada and abroad.

They identify new and emerging trends and threats from a variety of sources. The information is used in bulletins, strategic and tactical threat assessments, crime group profiles, reports, and presentations, and helps the Department set enforcement priorities.

The VPD Cybercrime Unit investigates crimes when a computer is used to commit the crime or is the specific target of the crime.  Common examples of cybercrime include online fraud, phishing scams, ransomware attacks, and hacking.

Learn more about how you can recognize and prevent cybercrime.

The sworn and civilian members in this Unit perform forensic examination of digital devices, which include desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, and storage devices like USB flash drives. They extract data and evidence for investigations and court processes.

Digital Forensics examiners may also be called upon to provide expert testimony in court cases.

The Diversity, Community, and Indigenous Relations Section engages with the community and partner agencies to improve public safety and to address victimization motivated by bias, prejudice, and hate.

This section develops and implements community-based initiatives and programs to build relationships with Vancouver’s diverse communities.

Staff in the section include Indigenous Liaison officers, a 2SLGBTQ+ Liaison officer, and a Hate Crimes investigator.

Learn more about our diversity in the community.


(604) 717-2763

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Members of the Drug Unit investigate and enforce all drug-related offences under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act. This includes the investigation of drug traffickers and their distribution networks.

They also investigate, process, and dismantle all clandestine methamphetamine and ecstasy Labs in Vancouver.

The members in the Unit take an active role in educating the community and other police members on drug-related matters.

Read the VPD’s Drug Policy.

Learn more about chemical drug or clan labs.

The VPD deals with emergencies every day, but our Emergency Planning Unit focuses on large-scale emergency planning. They ensure our staff are ready to respond to any potential emergencies, or disasters such as earthquakes.

With education and awareness, and through planning, training, and exercising, this unit ensures we are prepared.

All residents should be prepared to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours. The City of Vancouver has useful information on what you can do to prepare your families for emergencies.

Our Emergency Response Team uses a combination of specialized training, equipment, tactics, and negotiation strategies to safely resolve high-risk incidents. These incidents often involve some type of weapon or firearm, such as a hostage-taking.

Team members also assist other units when they are dealing with armed and dangerous people, or in the execution of high-risk search or arrest warrants. The team provides specialized tactical training to VPD officers as part of an ongoing commitment to the safety of both officers and the general public.

Some of the specialized environments they operate in include:

  • High-Angle Operations– rappelling, climbing and offering fall protection when suspects or victims are in high-rise buildings or on rooftops, bridges, cranes or balconies
  • Marine Interdiction– assisting the VPD Marine Squad or other agencies to board vessels that may have dangerous people aboard
  • Rural Operations– safely resolving critical incidents that happen in forest or mountain areas
  • Clan Lab Operations– using self-contained breathing apparatus in hazardous chemical situations, such as drug labs
  • Explosive Disposal – the team has its own in-house explosive technicians

The Emergency Response Team also maintains specialized equipment, including its own Armoured Rescue Vehicle (ARV), which can be used to safely transport citizens and police officers when they are in positions of extreme jeopardy, such as an active shooter incident. The ARV was purchased with the generous support of the Vancouver Police Foundation.

The goal of the False Alarm Reduction Program is to reduce the amount of time police officers spend responding to false security alarms, through cooperation with alarm companies and alarm users.

In Vancouver, residents and business owners with security alarms require a valid permit, which are available through the City of Vancouver. This registration allows the City and the VPD to identify users that generate excessive false alarms, which is three or more in a 12-month period.

The City of Vancouver Security Alarm System Bylaw #7111 defines a false alarm as having no evidence that an unauthorized entry or unlawful act has taken place, including alarms that are set off due to testing, malfunction, power failure or user error.

Learn more about the Bylaw 7111 and security alarm permit requirements.

Our Financial Crime Unit investigates fraud and financial crime that happens in Vancouver. If the fraud has happened outside of Vancouver, you may be referred to the police in that jurisdiction. If there is not enough evidence for a criminal charge, you may be referred to civil court.

Learn more about fraud prevention.

The VPD began the forensic examination of weapons and tools in 1947. Today, we are one of only two municipal police forces in Canada that have this expertise in-house. Our highly trained staff provide analyses for investigations and courtroom testimony, such as:

Firearms and Ammunition – examining firearms and ammunition, and how they function, to ensure a suspect is charged with the correct crimes

Firearm Identification – linking bullets and cartridge cases back to the firearm they were fired from to determine if the weapon was used to commit crime

Wound Examination and Range Determination – attending autopsies to determine exit/entrance wounds, and to recover evidence needed to assist the pathologist, and to help investigators understand a crime scene

Trajectory Analysis – reconstructing shooting scenes using lasers and other techniques

Toolmarks – identifying and linking toolmarks or impressions to the tools that are suspected of causing them (examples include: matching knives to stab marks in bone, cartilage or vehicle tires, matching bolt cutters to cut padlocks, or pry bars to window or door frames)

Physical Matching – matching broken materials to determine whether or not they were at one time one piece, such as broken glass, and broken knives or tools

Serial Number Restoration – recovering destroyed numbers and/or letters on firearms, bicycles, stereos, and other property, for tracing or proving ownership

Forensic Identification investigators examine exhibits and scenes to find, document, and process potential evidence. This includes fingerprints and palm prints, footwear impressions, tool marks, and DNA.

Their procedures range from a walk-through and critical visual examination of a crime scene, to complex and time-consuming methods using chemicals and alternate light sources, such as lasers. Whenever possible, evidence is documented in place, and then collected and preserved for additional follow-up processing, if needed.

Some evidence is further examined and processed using our in-house facilities, equipment, and expertise. If necessary, evidence can be sent to accredited outside laboratories or specialists for further processing and/or interpretation.

Members also prepare and present documentation and evidence in court and/or other proceedings, such as Coroner’s Inquests, sometimes giving expert evidence in cases involving fingerprint and footwear identifications and comparisons.

Learn more about the science and skills of forensics.

The Forensic Video Unit provides specialized support to police investigators, including extracting and analyzing video from businesses and other private premises, producing still images, and preparing documents for court.

If you have questions about video, please contact the investigator assigned to your case.

Extracting data from computers and mobile devices is done by the VPD Digital Forensics Unit.

The Gang Crime Unit investigates gang and associated organized crime Vancouver. Members are also involved in programs, locally, nationally, and internationally, aimed at deterring youth from the gang lifestyle.

Gang-related crimes include drug manufacturing and trafficking, the possession and use of firearms, abductions, frauds, and other property-related offences.

Our High Risk Offender Unit tracks and proactively monitors high-risk offenders when they are released from jail.

Members of the Unit works closely with the RCMP Behavioural Science Section, Correctional Services of Canada, Community Corrections, and various other law enforcement agencies to effectively manage these offenders.

Members of this team investigate all hit-and-run cases in Vancouver. The number of hit-and-run claims reported to the police has increased dramatically in recent years, approaching almost 1000 claims per month in Vancouver alone.

Investigators liaise with Crown Counsel, lawyers, insurance adjusters, victims, witnesses, next-of-kin, and the Motor Vehicle Branch, to determine who committed the hit-and-run and help ensure they face justice.

The VPD Homicide Unit investigates murders, attempted murders where death is imminent, and conspiracy to commit murders in Vancouver. They also investigate sudden death cases where there are suspicious or unknown circumstances, and all suspicious missing person cases.


Tel: (604) 717-2500
Fax: (604) 606-2728

Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Learn more about the help we offer for anyone impacted by homicide, including witnesses.

Report crime anonymously at Crime Stoppers.

Learn more about some of VPD’s cold cases.

This Unit manages and recruits all confidential police informants and agents that help police in solving crime. They protect the informants’ identities and the information that they provide, which is distributed to other units in the VPD, as well as law enforcement agencies across the country.

Informants and agents provide important information on crimes ranging from street-level drug investigations to organized crime and murder investigations. Reliable source information can lead to solving crimes and reducing violence against the vulnerable, as well as violence caused by gangs and guns, and can potentially prevent crimes before they happen.

Identity Theft Unit investigators focus on suspects involved in identity theft, mail theft, and the crimes committed to gather personal and financial information, like break-ins to homes, businesses, mailboxes, or vehicles.

Members investigate street-level property crime offenders and groups involved in identity crime — suspects who go beyond stealing personal identifying information, and are known to recruit, share, train, commit, or assist others to commit identity crime and related property crimes.

Learn about preventing identity theft.

The Internet Child Exploitation Unit investigates the online exploitation of children, specifically the making, possession, and distribution of child sexual abuse materials (previously known as child pornography).  Members of the Unit work in conjunction with the RCMP National Child Exploitation Crime Centre, which receives reports directly from various internet service providers (Google, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) that have detected child sexual abuse materials on their platforms.

The Unit’s priority is to:

  • identify, locate, and safeguard the child victims depicted in child sexual abuse materials
  • arrest and seek criminal charges against offenders who make, distribute or possess child sexual abuse materials

In addition to intimate partner violence and criminal harassment incidents, the Intimate Partner Violence and Risk Assessment Unit also investigates elder abuse.

The Unit partners with Family Services of Greater Vancouver to provide a collaborative response and confidential support, with a goal to increase safety for victims and their families, and to increase offender accountability.

Elder Abuse detectives investigate abuse of people generally over the age of 65. Abusers are usually spouses or adult children of the victims. The types of abuse can include physical, psychological, financial, and neglect.

Learn more about how to recognize and prevent elder abuse.

Information about reporting intimate partner violence

Information about reporting criminal harassment

Vancouver Police have patrolled the waters off Vancouver, including the Fraser River, since 1911. Our city boasts nearly 100 miles of shoreline, and includes 26 surrounding marinas, in addition to the Port of Vancouver – the largest commercial port on the west coast of the Americas, and the third busiest port in North America.

The Marine Unit provides policing services, criminal investigations, and crime prevention patrol for the communities that call the waters of Vancouver home. The Unit is responsible for the policing and public safety for the commercial shipping industry, and all recreational vessels, including rental boats, kayaks, and SUP boards.

Members of the Unit operate three vessels, with the two primary patrol vessels named after Vancouver Police heroes killed in the line of duty: Constable Robert Gordon McBeath and Sergeant Larry Young. The third vessel is a smaller utility inflatable used for inshore rescue and recovery, and is simply referred to as the “470,” coinciding with its metric length of 4.7m.

Learn about boating safety.

The VPD Mental Health Unit works in close partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health clinical staff. Together, they provide a coordinated response for people in the community who may be showing signs of deteriorating mental health. They provide resources for mental health and substance use crisis intervention, stabilization, and transition for people in the community.

For over 40 years, the VPD and Vancouver Coastal Health have been working in partnership with a goal of reducing harm to clients and to the community, as well as reducing the clients’ involvement with the criminal justice system, law enforcement, and emergency health services.

The first and most widely known mental health program born from this partnership is the Car 87 program, which began in 1978.

In addition to Car 87, other partnerships with community stakeholders and healthcare service providers include Project Link, the Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT), and the Assertive Outreach Team (AOT).

Learn more about the VPD’s mental health initiatives.

VPD Missing Persons Unit members investigate approximately 5,000 missing person cases per year. Most, if not all, are solved. Investigators complete interviews, liaise with other agencies and community partners, and keep families informed.

Members of the Unit following the Provincial Policing Standards for Missing Persons Investigations, including the guiding principles.

There is no waiting period to report a missing person in B.C., and anyone can make the report.

Coroner’s Liaison

The Coroner’s Liaison works with both the VPD and the B.C. Coroners Service in investigations involving a death. The Liaison helps identify victims and locating next-of-kin, deals with any property that has been seized, and ensures that necessary follow-up investigations and reports are done.

Contact the VPD Missing Persons Unit

Monday to Friday
6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tel: (604) 717-2530
Fax: (604) 606-2728

Report a missing person

The VPD Mounted Unit has been patrolling Vancouver for over a century. When not keeping watch over the 1000 acres and 125 miles of roads and trails in Stanley Park, you may spot officers on horseback throughout Vancouver.

In addition to the many community and ceremonial events they take part in, the Mounted Unit has taken on a much greater role in the management of crowds at demonstrations and large events.

There are nine horses of different breeds in the Unit, with draught horse crosses being the most successful, and they range in age four to 23. The stables are located in the service yards of Stanley Park near the Rose Gardens.

Meet our VPD horses and take a virtual tour of the Mounted Unit.

The City of Vancouver manages 600 booking requests for events each year, many of which require VPD resources to safely manage. The Operational Planning Unit assists special event organizers in the community with planning, security, staffing, and traffic control for their events.

These range from large, planned events, like the Celebration of Light, to numerous unplanned protests and demonstrations, parades, sporting events, festivals, filming, and more.

More information on special events in Vancouver, including protests and filming

This VPD Organized Crime Unit handles enforcement and gathers intelligence into the activities of members and associates of organized crime groups. Members of the Unit work closely with other VPD units, as well as with foreign or domestic law enforcement agencies that target organized crime.

A criminal organization is defined as “a group, however organized, that is composed of three or more people in or outside Canada; and has as one of its main purposes or main activities, the facilitation or commission of one or more serious offences, that, if committed, would likely result in the direct or indirect receipt of a material benefit, including a financial benefit, by the group or by any of the persons who constitute the group.”

Our Planning, Research & Audit Section is responsible for developing policy, analysis, evaluating programs, strategic planning, and research to support the long and short term goals of the Department.

Find out how to make a research request

Learn more about the VPD’s crime statistics

Members in the VPD Polygraph Unit give criminal polygraph tests for detailed and complex investigations on a variety of subjects. They also test all VPD police applicants, who must pass the test to be hired.

The Unit also has a team of experienced interviewers who assist investigators with victims, witnesses, and suspects.

Professional Standards investigators respond to public complaints and other concerns about the actions of individual VPD members. Their objective is to resolve complaints as fairly and inclusively as possible within the requirements of the Police Act.

Complaints can also be made directly to the Office of the Complaints Commissioner.

More information about the complaint process

Our VPD spokespersons receive hundreds of calls every week from local, national, and international media for information and interviews. They also speak at regular press conferences and media events.

The unit also creates crime prevention and awareness materials for the public, and staff manage the website and the VPD’s social media accounts.

In addition to producing Beyond the Call, which is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of Vancouver Police Department officers and civilians who routinely go Beyond the Call of duty, Public Affairs produces the VPD Annual Report.

Media Requests

If you are a member of the press with a request for information or for an interview with someone from the Vancouver Police Department, please email your request to Be sure to include your focus, your contact information, and your deadline.


The VPD Public Affairs Section welcomes your comments, questions and feedback.

Mailing address:
Public Affairs Section
Vancouver Police Department
3585 Graveley Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V5K 5J5

Tel: (604) 717-2680

This VPD Unit investigates many of the city’s most serious crimes, including assaults and attempted murders, bank and jewelry store robberies, forcible confinements, kidnapping, extortions, home invasions, and arson.

Many people are not sure about the difference between robbery and theft. If someone steals or tries to steal something from you using violence or threats of violence, it is a robbery. If a person says that they are armed, even if it’s not true, then they are committing a robbery.


Tel: (604) 717-2541
Fax: (604) 665-2174

Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays)
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit investigates serious sexual assaults and serious child assaults reported to the VPD where further evidence is needed to request criminal charges from Crown Counsel. This includes, but is not limited to, incidents of sexual assault, sexual interference, sexual exploitation, child luring and parental child abductions.

Detectives in the unit also work out of The Treehouse, Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, alongside social workers and victim support workers from the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Family Services of Greater Vancouver, and the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society. Team members work with children in a safe, child-friendly location to support the investigation and intervention of child abuse.

Information about reporting a sex assault

Learn about online dating safety and drug-assisted sex assault


(604) 717-2634

VPD Traffic officers have been keeping road users safe since 1916, when the purchase of three Indian motorcycles began traffic enforcement. Today, officers use a combination of motorcycles, cars, and bicycles to ensure Vancouver’s roadways are safe for everyone.

Members take part in awareness and educational campaigns, and are responsible for the enforcement of Criminal Code, BC Motor Vehicle Act, and City of Vancouver Street and Traffic Bylaw offences.

Our Traffic Section also includes officers who are Drug Recognition Experts. They are trained to detect drug-impaired drivers and in requirements for successful prosecution. The most common drugs associated with impaired driving and fatal motor vehicle collisions in Canada, with the exception of alcohol, are benzodiazepines, cannabis, stimulants, opioids, and barbiturates.

Learn about road safety

Victim Services staff members are not police officers; they are civilian employees of the VPD with specialized training in emotional support, crisis intervention, and communication skills, and with education in areas such as psychology, social work or other related disciplines.

Staff are available to provide free and confidential support to victims, witnesses, and family members affected by crime and trauma.

Referrals to the VSU are generally done through the investigating police officer, however, referrals from outside agencies and self-referrals are accepted.

If you have been affected by crime or trauma, contact the VPD Victim Services Unit at 604-717-2737.

More information for victims


Office hours: Monday – Friday
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Phone: 604-717-2737 ext. 4

Please note that this email address is not monitored 24 hours a day and we are unable to take crime reports by email. If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

The Youth Services Unit specializes in investigations linked to youth suspects or incidents involving adults that directly affect a school environment. They also provide youth outreach and intervention programs.

Learn more about the VPD’s youth outreach programs and our youth community response teams.