This Week in Policing – Dec 5, 2008

It’s been a busy week!

On December 3rd, the VPD took part in the 21st Annual Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast, with over one hundred officers helping carry in a multitude of toys collected by the department.  It seems Christmas fundraising is going ahead full throttle, as the Pan Pacific reported over 7000 people donated more than 20,000 toys to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.  Way to go everyone!

On the flip side, less than 24 hours later, someone broke into the Salvation Army Warehouse on Fraser Street.  In what can only be called one of the most scrooge-like actions of the year, thieves made off with $25,000 worth of toys and food earmarked for the less affluent of our society.  This one leaves me speechless.  And a little angry.

Keeping with the fundraising theme, the VPD’s own Sgt. Mike Anfield launched the release of his newest project – the Vancouver Police Dogs 2009 Calendar.  Sgt. Anfield is an alumna of the Dog Squad and after losing his wife in 2004 to breast cancer, he put his photography skills to good use and came up with the idea for the calendar.  Calendars can be purchased for $15.00 at various retailers around the Lower Mainland, with 100% of the proceeds going towards breast cancer research.  Okay, okay, I might be a little biased on this one (Hondo is the March police dog), but it’s a great calendar.

Then, earlier this week, another member of the VPD Dog Squad, Police Dog Storm, tracked down a man suspected in two home invasions and a violent sexual assault.  The suspect was taken into custody, and is facing numerous charges.  Good boy, Storm!

That’s all for now, folks.  Have a great weekend.


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