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Steve AddisonSergeant Steve Addison
Media Spokesperson

Sergeant Steve Addison came to the Vancouver Police Department in 2006 following an award-winning career in B.C.’s community newspaper industry.

Steve spent the first five years of his policing career working as a beat officer in the Downtown Eastside, before transitioning to a patrol squad in East Vancouver. In 2014, Steve joined the VPD’s Sex Crimes Unit, where he led numerous complex and high-risk investigations targeting sexual offenders.

Steve was awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation in 2016 for his role in the successful investigation of a series of unsolved stranger attacks in Vancouver and surrounding communities. In 2017, he led a team of investigators to the arrest and conviction of a male who violently attacked three lone females in East Vancouver. He has also worked in VPD’s Court and Detention Services Section and previously worked as a media relations officer.

Steve served on VPD’s Public Safety Unit during the 2010 Olympics, and was on the front lines for the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot and the 2012 Occupy Vancouver protest. As a certified crisis negotiator, he assisted in the safe resolution of more than 100 critical incidents, including kidnappings, hostage takings, and emotionally distraught people.

Steve enjoys spending his free time outdoors and with his family. He is a recreational runner and cyclist, and is a four-time Ironman Canada finisher. He volunteers as a driver for North Shore Meals on Wheels, and has represented the VPD on the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast team, which raises money for pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.

Tania VisintinConstable Tania Visintin
Media Spokesperson

Constable Tania Visintin began her career with the VPD as a jail guard in the Vancouver jail in 2011. A year later, she was sworn in as a Vancouver Police officer.

Tania grew up in East Vancouver, and after graduating from Notre Dame Regional Secondary, she studied at Simon Fraser University, receiving a BA in criminology.

Tania spent the first seven years of her career patrolling the Downtown core and Vancouver’s West Side. As a field trainer, Tania enjoyed training new recruits and mentoring junior members of her team. In October 2019, she was selected to be a media relations officer in the Public Affairs Section.

Since 2016, Tania has been an active member of the VPD Crisis Negotiator Team, where she has assisted in the safe resolution of numerous high-risk critical incidents, involving kidnappings, barricaded suspects, and emotionally disturbed people.

Tania enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Holly ChristieConstable Holly Christie
Social Media Officer

Constable Holly Christie was born and raised in Vancouver, and graduated from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary. She was a certified dental assistant prior to being sworn in as a police officer in November of 2001.

Holly has enjoyed a variety of positions within the Vancouver Police Department, spending her first few years patrolling in District 2, then into community policing at both the Grandview Woodlands and Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centres for three years. She worked as the Problem-Oriented Policing Coordinator alongside various agencies and police officers on problem premises – homes and businesses that were a safety concern or a drain on police resources. Holly then spent the next three years in the Planning Research and Audit Section, starting there during the Riot Review.

Holly moved next to the Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenous Relations Section as the liaison officer for the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre. Prior to starting her role as the Social Media Officer, she worked with the Integrated Road Safety Unit.

Holly enjoys exercising, cooking, reading autobiographies, and spending time with her husband, son and two dogs.


 

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