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In Memoriam

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


Killed in the Line of Duty

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

 

 

 

Officers Killed in War

When duty called in time of war, many Vancouver Police Department members joined the Canadian Armed Forces to serve their country. They took a leave of absence, hoping to return to the Department after the war.

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

World War II 1939-1943

Henry Alexander Smith
Killed April 17, 1943
Age 27

James Hector Sutherland
Killed August 28, 1944 in Italy
Age 33

Word War I 1914-1918

Constable 159 David Angus Morrision
Killed May 8, 1915 in France
Age 27

Constable 114 Robert McLean
Killed June 27, 1916 in Belgium
Age 29

Police Court Prosecutor John K. Kennedy
Killed August 14, 1916 in Belgium
Age 41

Constable 197 Hazen Winslow Hall
Killed March 17, 1917 in France
Age 29

Constable 152 Reginald Lemon
Killed August 15, 1917 in France
Age 24

Constable 124 Ernest Scarlett
Killed August 15, 1917 in France
Age 32

Constable 22 James Murray Watson
Killed August 5, 1918 in France
Age 27

Constable 67 John Elliott
Killed September 2, 1918 in France
Age 25


Constable 148 William Morrison
Killed September 29, 1918 in France
Age 29

 

 

Video: Police and Peace Officers' Memorial

 

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.

They were part of the B.C. Police Memorial Committee, formed in 2000, which included serving and retired offcers, as well as family members of the officers killed in the line of duty.

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.

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.

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