Project Griffin increases public safety by giving security-minded organizations and groups information and support to help them in their crime prevention efforts, with a focus primarily on property crime and how to recognize and report suspicious activity.

The VPD provides training in five key areas:

Basic suspect identification: learn to identify the actions and behaviour of a suspicious person

Communication protocol: discover what is expected by E-Comm when you are reporting suspicious or criminal activity

Counter-terrorism and violent extremism: learn to recognize suspicious behaviours and incidents that could be signs of terrorist activities

Gangs in Vancouver: hear from VPD Gang investigators about the current gang climate in Vancouver

Evidence preservation: find out about the importance of crime scene protection and basic forensic identification techniques used by the police

Tactical communication and de-escalation techniques: learn tips and communication techniques to effectively communicate with the public and defuse situations when needed.

The written statement: learn what details to include in your written statement, as well as how to organize it into sections for Crown. You will also learn about the value of a victim impact statement, when to write one, and where to find the forms.

The goal of the Project Griffin program is to provide the knowledge and tools to support our local business community. In the training sessions, material will be presented by various sections of the VPD or representatives from their field of expertise. Once training is complete, participants will be prepared for when incidents happen and ensure both personal and employee safety. They can also identify themselves as Project Griffin members when reporting information to police call-takers.

2022 Schedule

Two-day training 

November 3 – online
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

November 17 – in person
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

These training dates are now full.

For information about training or going on a waitlist, please email the Community Policing Services Unit at