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Series S214 - Police Department : Board and member photographs

Female police officer shooting at range View of liquor stills captured during Prohibition View of women standing in darkened street, suggestive of prostitution Reception of Vancouver, B.C. Police [in] Portland, Oregon Reception of Vancouver, B.C. Police [in] Portland, Oregon [Vancouver Police force]

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Police Department : Board and member photographs

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VPD-S214

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  • 1894-1969 (Creation)
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    Vancouver Police Department

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365 photographs : b&w and col. ; 35 x 27 cm. or smaller

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Under the 1886 Act of Incorporation, the Board of Police Commissioners had the authority to appoint a Chief Constable and as many constables and other officers and assistants as were deemed necessary. The duties of the constables were "preserving the peace, preventing robberies and other felonies and misdemeanors and apprehending offenders." The structure of the Police Department consisted of a Chief Constable and three policemen. As the city grew in size and complexity, the functions and structure of the Police Department grew accordingly, with increasing emphasis being placed on crime prevention. The Chief Constable is responsible to the Board of Police Commissioners for the total policing of the City and for the control, direction and planning of the effective operation of the Police Department. The Department is divided into a Bureau of Operations and a Bureau of Support Services, with a deputy Chief Constable commanding each bureau and reporting to the Chief Constable. The functions of the Department are law enforcement; crime prevention; assisting the public; traffic control; support services; executive management services and; detention services. The first four functions fall within the responsibility of the Bureau of Operations; the last three are administrative functions, carried out by the Bureau of Support Services.

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Series consists of photographs of members of the Vancouver Police Department and the Board of Police Commissioners. Arranged in no apparent order.

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Series transferred by the Vancouver Police Department to the Archives in 1974.

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For detailed description see catalogue worksheets for CVA 480.

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