This Week in Policing – Dec. 19th, 2008

Last Friday, Dec 12th, was a sad day. 

Benjamin Banky

Benjamin Banky

 First. locally, there was the Christmas party shooting in Vancouver.  The owner of the business where the incident took place, forty year old Benjamin Banky, was killed by an ex-employee during the staff Christmas Party.  The suspect was arrested after a tense standoff with police, and no one else was physically injured.  The incident is still under investigation, so I cannot comment further than to say my condolences go out to Mr. Banky’s family.

 

K9 Carson & Sgt. Scott Dunn

K9 Carson & Sgt. Scott Dunn

 On the same day, in Giles County, Tennessee, Police Service Dog Carson was accidentally shot and killed while searching a building during a break and enter.  I say ‘accidental’ as it was an officer from another agency who shot Carson.  How tragic for everyone involved.  Even though this incident is not local, as a police dog handler, I have to mention it.  My thoughts are with Carson’s handler, Sgt. Scott Dunn, as he mourns the loss of his partner.  RIP K9 Carson.

 

 

On a more positive note, the Vancouver Police Department released the results of ‘Project Oldtimer’, where two officers went undercover and posed as senior citizens in areas of the Downtown Eastside where robberies on seniors were becoming more frequent and increasingly violent.  Kudos to Inspector Tim Laidler and Sgt. Toby Hinton for volunteering for this dangerous assignment.  The full story can be read on the VPD website – there’s even a video produced by the Odd Squad that shows the makeover Hinton got at the hands of some very talented special effects artists.  Great job guys & gals!  Kudos are also due for Cst. Christiane Prevost and the other officers involved in making ‘Project Oldtimer’ a success.

I spent many years working in the Downtown Eastside, and it’s a good thing these officer’s have done.  Hopefully their actions make the streets a little safer for the more vulnerable residence who call the DTES home.

That’s all for this week, everyone.  Have a good weekend!

Sandra

 

 

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