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

Larry Young

February 2, 1987

Constable Paul Sanghera

Paul Sanghera

January 8, 1982

Constable Larry Esau

Larry Esau

June 29, 1966

Reserve Inspector Arthur "Stan" Trentham

Reserve Inspector
Arthur "Stan" Trentham

September 16, 1963

Detective Lawrence Short

Lawrence Short

February 9, 1962

Constable Gordon Sinclair

Gordon Sinclair

December 7, 1955

Constable Oliver Ledingham

Oliver Ledingham

February 26, 1947

Constable Charles Boyes

Charles Boyes

February 26, 1947

Constable Joseph Reilly

Joseph Reilly

December 23, 1932

Constable Ernest Sargent

Ernest Sargent

November 10, 1927

Constable Robert McBeath

Robert McBeath V.C.

October 9, 1922

Chief Constable Malcolm MacLennan

Chief Constable
Malcolm MacLennan

March 20, 1917

Detective Richard Levis

Richard Levis

August 29, 1914

Constable John McMenomy

John McMenomy

November 1, 1913

Constable James Archibald

James Archibald

May 28, 1913

Constable Lewis Byers

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



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.

VPD Officer Ensures Headstones Acknowledge Officers' Ultimate Sacrifice

In September 2009, Vancouver Police Constable Bill Taylor drove by a small cemetery outside Ottawa and saw four police officers laying a wreath at a grave. He learned this was an annual event to honour members from their police force who had died in the line of duty.

When he returned home, Constable Taylor researched the final resting places for the 16 Vancouver Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty, and discovered that some were buried in long-forgotten locations. Over the next two years, he made it his mission to find out where those unknown final resting places were.

Once the gravesites were located, Constable Taylor visited each one, and noticed that none of the headstones acknowledged the ultimate sacrifice of the fallen officers. He sought funding for additional grave markers, with approval from family members, and thanks to a grant from the Vancouver Police Foundation, he was able to purchase the headstones, giving the officers the honour they were due.

We will never forget.