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Motorcycle Drill Team
The Motorcycle Drill Team is the Department's premier Escort
Unit and provides VIP motorcade escorts in the Lower Mainland, working
conjunction with the RCMP Protective Services Section. The VPD
Motorcycle Drill Team has been rated as Canada's foremost Escort Unit,
and efficiently escorting many dignitaries from around the world and
earning praise from
security services worldwide.
1954 by Sgt. "Cookie" Ryan and the members of the Traffic
Section, the Motorcycle Drill Team today is known widely across Canada.
The Team has entertained and thrilled
thousands of people throughout B.C. and as far away as Calgary,
Vancouver Island, and Palm Springs, performing a series of
manoeuvres that demonstrate riding skills and machine capabilities.
Collision avoidance, tight radius turns, hard acceleration, and braking
are all included in the set of 17 manoeuvres.
Davidson Road King motorcycles exclusively, the Team is comprised
of 15 active members of the Vancouver Police Department, including inspectors, sergeants and constables from the
Traffic Enforcement Unit, as well as a Liaison NCO.
Vancouver motorcycle officers ride 12 months of the year
regular enforcement duties. Drill Team activities are separate from
their regular duties and members join the Drill Team
on a voluntary basis.
practices weekly throughout the drill season, which begins in March and
ends in September. Each year, the Team participates in
approximately 12 parades in the Vancouver area and other venues in the
Pacific Rim. Recent
performances include Point Grey Fiesta Days, the West Seattle
Seafair Parade, North Vancouver Canada Day, Penticton Peach Festival and numerous parades
located in Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island communities.
The Team also involves itself in community service and charity
fundraising events whenever possible, participating in events such as Kops for Kids, the Music Therapy Ride, the Ride to Live and the 9-1-1 Memorial Ride.
- Inspector Les Yeo
- Staff Sergeant Howard Chow
- Sergeant Craig Cairns
- Sergeant Gord McGuinness
- Riding Corporal Steve Shaw
- Constable Mike Birkas
- Constable Adrian Thomson
- Constable Michael Bains
- Constable Dale Hemm
- Constable David Nikkel
- Constable Mike Keller
- Constable James Bell
- Constable Grant Winterburn
- Constable Don Johnson
- Constable John Wrigglesworth
In the Community
Since 1954, the Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team has
reached out to people in communities and has entertained children and
adults with exciting displays of riding precision.
As goodwill ambassadors of the City of Vancouver, the Drill
Team has strived to show the personal side of policing and has involved
itself in a number of fundraising and charity events including KOPS for
KOPS for Kids
KOPS for Kids is a fundraising event that raises money for
inner city children. The funds are distributed by school liaison
officers to needy kids and all proceeds go directly to the
schools. Tax receipts are available. For further
information about KOPS for Kids or other fundraising events, please
send an email to email@example.com or call (604) 717-2997.
The team also provides VIP motorcycle escorts while working
closely with the RCMP Protective Services Section. The Drill Team
is the official motorcycle escort unit of The Vancouver Police
The VPD Motorcycle Drill Team has been rated as Canada's
foremost Escort Team and has escorted numerous heads of state,
dignitaries, and members of royalty from around the world.