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In Memoriam: VPD OFFICERS killed in the line of duty

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.

VPD Memorial Poster

 

VPD Sergeant Larry Young

Sergeant
Larry Young

February 2, 1987

Constable Paul Sanghera

Constable
Paul Sanghera

January 8, 1982

Constable Larry Esau

Constable
Larry Esau

June 29, 1966

Reserve Inspector Arthur "Stan" Trentham

Reserve Inspector
Arthur "Stan" Trentham

September 16, 1963

Detective Lawrence Short

Detective
Lawrence Short

February 9, 1962

Constable Gordon Sinclair

Constable
Gordon Sinclair

December 7, 1955

Constable Oliver Ledingham

Constable
Oliver Ledingham

February 26, 1947

Constable Charles Boyes

Constable
Charles Boyes

February 26, 1947

Constable Joseph Reilly

Constable
Joseph Reilly

December 23, 1932

Constable Ernest Sargent

Constable
Ernest Sargent

November 10, 1927

Constable Robert McBeath

Constable
Robert McBeath V.C.

October 9, 1922

Chief Constable Malcolm MacLennan

Chief Constable
Malcolm MacLennan

March 20, 1917

Detective Richard Levis

Detective
Richard Levis

August 29, 1914

Constable John McMenomy

Constable
John McMenomy

November 1, 1913

Constable James Archibald

Constable
James Archibald

May 28, 1913

Constable Lewis Byers

Constable
Lewis Byers

March 25, 1912

 

 

 


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.

Video: Police and Peace Officers' Memorial

 

VPD Officers Killed in War

When duty called in time of war, many Vancouver Police officers joined the Canadian Armed Forces to serve their country.

Some of them did not return, giving their lives to protect their country. We pay tribute to their sacrifice.

Read their stories.

Police Dogs In Memoriam

Since 1957, when the VPD Canine Unit was first formed, eight police service dogs have given their lives protecting Vancouver's citizens.

Read their stories.

Larry Young Memorial Run

The Larry Young Memorial Run takes places every June to raise money for a scholarship in Sergeant Young's name.

Find more information here.

Contributors

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.

 

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