Motorcycle Drill Team

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Motorcycle Drill Team

The Motorcycle Drill Team is the Department's premier escort unit, providing VIP motorcade escorts in the Lower Mainland, and working with the RCMP Protective Services Section. The VPD Motorcycle Drill Team has been rated as Canada's foremost escort team, escorting numerous heads of state, dignitaries, and members of royalty from around the world.

Since 1954, the Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team has reached out to people in communities and entertained children and adults with exciting displays of riding precision, from throughout Metro Vancouver and as far away as Penticton and Seattle.

Employing Harley Davidson Electra Glide motorcycles exclusively, the Drill Team is comprised of active members of the Vancouver Police Traffic Enforcement Unit. They ride 12 months of the year in their regular traffic enforcement duties. Drill Team activities are separate from their regular work and members join the Team on a voluntary basis.

Practices are held weekly throughout the drill season, which begins in March and ends in September. Each year, the Team participates in approximately 12 parades, most of which are in the Vancouver area. Recent performances include the Vancouver Canada Day Parade, Point Grey Fiesta Days, Vancouver Pride Parade, West Seattle Seafair Parade, and Penticton Peach Festival.

The Team is involved in community service and charity fundraising whenever possible, participating in events such as the Cops for Cancer Marine Day, the Music Therapy Ride, the Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live and the 9-1-1 Memorial Ride. They host KOPS for Kids every December, a fundraising event to give presents and meals to inner-city children.

2015 Schedule

March 15

St. Patrick's Day Parade

May 9

May Day Parade

May 23

Hyack International Parade

May 31

Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live

June 6

Hats Off Day

June 20

Point Grey Fiesta Parade

July 1

Canada Day Parade

July 18

West Seattle Grand Parade

August 2

Pride Parade

August 8

Penticton Peach Festival

August 29

Music Therapy Ride

September 11

9/11 Memorial Ride

December TBD

Kops for Kids

December 6

Santa Claus Parade

2015 Team

  • Staff Sergeant Ken Eng
  • Sergeant Jack Sarna
  • Riding Corporal Adrian Thomson
  • Constable Grant Winterburn
  • Constable Michael Bains
  • Constable Dale Hemm
  • Constable David Nikkel
  • Constable Mike Keller
  • Constable James Bell
  • Constable Don Johnson
  • Constable John Wrigglesworth

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Broken Wing

Broken Wing Award

The Broken Wing is an award instituted by the team in 1971. It is not what you would call a prized decoration; the wings are presented to any team member who falls during a performance.

The initials IFO inscribed on the badge stand for I Fell Off, while the broken wing symbolizes the accident. The unfortunate member wears it until he or she can pass it on to the next person who has a stroke of bad luck.