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COVID-19 Update


VPD COVID-19 update

Vancouver Police are working to protect the health and safety of members and the public as efforts are made to stop the spread of COVID-19. Here’s how:

  • We are planning for different scenarios: the VPD has activated its pandemic plan and business continuity planning to ensure essential staffing levels on the front line are maintained.

  • We are analyzing crime trends and data to react and plan ahead: the VPD has advanced analytical capabilities that allow us to review crime statistics on a daily basis and identify trends and geographic hot spots. This analysis allows the department to reallocate resourcing and plan ahead for new issues that emerge.

  • We are changing the way we respond to lower priority investigations: If you call us for a lower priority investigation, officers will conduct the investigation over the phone. An example of a lower priority investigation is where there is no current safety threat and there is no suspect present – like a break-and-enter discovered later. We will always respond in person if there is a threat to public safety or if a crime is in progress.

  • You may be asked to provide more information if you call 9-1-1: We are working with our partners at E-COMM to ensure our officers have accurate information when they are dispatched to an emergency call. Call-takers may ask if you or anyone who needs help have flu-like symptoms.

  • We are limiting services offered at the public information counters at our two main offices in Vancouver: we have suspended some walk-in services like fingerprinting and police information checks to reduce the number of people that visit our buildings. Employers or volunteer agencies who require emergent record checks for employees can request a check by sending an email to IMSManager@vpd.ca. If you urgently require fingerprinting service, please search the internet for other providers in Vancouver.

  • We have increased the threshold for online crime reporting: you can now report theft under $10,000 through the online system. This amount was previously set at $5,000. You can also report other types of crime online that does not require an emergency response.

  • All front line members have appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE): we have conducted an extensive inventory to ensure the appropriate PPE is currently available to frontline members and will continue to be available in the coming weeks and months. All of our frontline members have access to gloves, masks and personal respiratory masks.

 

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More information

There is a lot of information circulating about COVID-19. It's important to get your information from reliable and expert sources, such as the ones listed below:

BC Centre for Disease Control

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Health Canada

Vancouver Coastal Health

World Health Organization

City of Vancouver

Crime Stories

Crime hasn't come to a standstill during the COVID-19 epidemic, as seen in these crime stories. Rest assured the VPD will do what it takes to ensure the safety of Vancouver residents.

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