• a number of persons associated together in work or activity
  • a cooperative unit
  • a group of two or more people with complimentary skills who are committed to a common purpose
  • what you can expect to be a part of if you work for the Vancouver Police Department

Regardless of where an officer works within the VPD, ‘team’ is serious business.   The Dog Squad, ERT, investigative squads and patrol squads – all rely on their individual members to make the team function like the well oiled machine it is.

Take, for instance, patrol squads.  When a priority call comes in and everyone goes racing to the scene, the call will almost run itself if all those involved keep their heads and do the job they are supposed to do.  The responding officers are Jack & Jills of All Trades, so it does not matter if their job for the day is rescuing the injured, containing a crime scene or taking witness statements; an officer does his/her job knowing their contribution to the whole is an important one.

Thankfully, this is what usually happens and the bad guys go to jail. 

Another angle on ‘team’ – how different sub-teams within the department help one another and work together on a daily basis.  Robbery Detectives work with the General Investigation Unit, Youth Squad works with the School Liaison Officers, and the Forensic Identification Section works with, well, everyone.  Alone, each sub-team might struggle, but together they are very effective.

Here in the Dog Squad we rely on the Patrol Section.  As dog handlers, we often call patrol the bread and butter of our existence.  It takes the cooperative effort of patrol officers to ensure the police dogs are used to their full capability, and handlers do not take highly functioning patrol squads for granted – instead we fully appreciate what patrol does for us.  Our successful ‘dog cases’ belong to every member involved, not just the handler and K9.

This past weekend a friend pointed me to a video of the US Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.  I had never heard of them before (shame on me…) and did not know what to expect.  The following video is a great visual example of how the success of a unit is completely dependant on the actions of each individual member.  To quote their website – ‘it exemplifies discipline and skill’.  I think you’ll be impressed.

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