deputy chief constable LAURENCE RANKIN

Deputy Chief Constable Laurence RankinDeputy Chief Constable Laurence Rankin has been a member of the Vancouver Police Department since 1987. Prior to joining the VPD, he completed the Criminal Justice Program at Langara College.

Deputy Chief Rankin has been assigned to numerous and varied positions as a constable, detective, sergeant, staff sergeant and inspector. He has worked in Patrol, the South Crime Unit, the Emergency Response Team, the Justice Institute of BC Police Academy as an instructor, in the Domestic Violence & Criminal Harassment Unit, the Home Invasion Task Force, the Sex Crimes Unit, the Polygraph Unit, the Homicide Unit, the Professional Standards Section, Major Crime Section, and Personnel Services. In 2016, he was promoted to his current position as Deputy Chief Constable, Investigation Division.

As an inspector, Deputy Chief Rankin led the Integrated Riot Investigation Team and the General Investigation Section. Prior to the position of Deputy Chief Constable, he was the Superintendent of Personnel Services, in charge of the Human Resources Section, the Professional Standards Section, and the Training and Recruiting Section. As Inspector in charge of the Major Crime Section, he was in charge of the Homicide, Robbery / Assault / Arson and Missing Persons Units. He is also a provincially accredited Team Commander for major investigations.

In 2014, Deputy Chief Rankin completed a master of arts degree in criminal justice at the University of the Fraser Valley. In 2015, he completed the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Global Studies Program during which he studied international approaches to cybercrime.

In 2019, Deputy Chief Rankin completed the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program, a joint senior executive leadership program that exposes participants to case studies, literature and discussions on terrorism from international experts, academics, and practitioners.

Deputy Chief Constable Rankin sits on numerous local and provincial committees and working groups related to the management of serious crime investigations, training standards, and policy development. He is the recipient of five VPD commendations, including two Chief Constable’s Commendations. In 2018, Deputy Chief Rankin was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada.

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