The Vancouver Police Department is governed by the Vancouver Police Board under the authority of the British Columbia Police Act. The Police Board, which meets monthly, consists of the Mayor and other representative citizens of the city.
Sworn police officers are empowered to enforce the criminal law, other Federal statutes, Provincial laws, municipal by-laws and to generally maintain law and order within Vancouver.
The Chief Constable of the VPD is directly responsible to the Police Board and thereby the citizens of Vancouver.
The Vancouver Police Department is divided into three divisions, with a Deputy Chief Constable commanding each division and reporting to the Chief Constable.
These divisions and sections are further divided according to function or areas of responsibility.
As of March 2013, the VPD has 389 civilian employees and 1,327 sworn officers.
Click on a link to view individual sections, units, and initiatives for each division.