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Collision Investigation Unit

Traffic collisions happen at all times of the day or night within the City of Vancouver. When someone dies or suffers life-threatening injuries in a collision, it is the VPD Collision Investigation Unit who investigates.

Highly trained specialists work in the Unit seven days a week, 24 hours a day, attending scenes, gathering information and physical evidence for analysis, and interviewing witnesses and other people involved. They spend countless hours on follow-up work, sometimes lasting up to a year on one collision investigation.

The investigators liaise with various organizations, like Vancouver City Engineering, government agencies, engineering companies, law firms, hospitals, B.C. Coroners Service, B.C. Ambulance, Vancouver Fire & Rescue, Provincial Court Services, and other police agencies.

The members also deal with the injured parties and their families. Any officer will tell you that the hardest part of an investigation is delivering the news to loved ones that someone has been fatally injured in a collision.

When members are not working on their collision investigations, they work on traffic enforcement.

Traffic collisions can cause significant property damage, catastrophic injuries or loss of life. The Collision Investigation Unit works to reduce the number of collisions happening in Vancouver, through increased enforcement in high collision areas and through education for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

 
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