Vancouver Police Department

By 1904, the Force had grown to 31 members and moved into a new police building in the 200 Cordova at Main Street. In 1906 call boxes were installed in the city at the extravagant expense of $7,785. In 1907, the city had more than tripled. A growing Asian population led to race riots in what was known as ‘Chinatown’ and ‘Japtown’. The Police Chief gathered reinforcements from the Fire Department and quelled the riot. Tensions were high after, but with true Vancouver luck, rainfall kept everyone inside. 1912 – Vancouver’s First Female Police Constables Hired. On July 8, 1912, Vancouver’s first two women police constables were hired. They acted as matrons in the jail, escorted women prisoners and made regular patrols of pool halls, cabarets, dances and other places where young people congregated. 1915 – Pipe Band Forms. In 1915, 16 policemen met and formed the VPD Pipe Band, the third such in the world with the only other two in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Vancouver Police Department

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