Constable Sandra Glendinning is the Social Media Officer (SMO) and one of three Media Spokespersons for the Vancouver Police Department.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Sandra joined the Vancouver Police Department in September 1995 after working for the Correctional Service of British Columbia. The first eight years of her career were spent in District Two, with several years spent walking the beat in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This was followed by a few years working in District Three, as well as an assignment to the Public Order Unit.
In 2004, Sandra became a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (CISM) and the VPD’s CISM Team, where she still serves as a police support member for trauma intervention.
In 2005, Sandra became the *second VPD police woman to serve with the VPD’s Dog Squad, where she was partnered with Police Service Dog Hondo. The pair worked as a general purpose patrol dog team and as a narcotics and firearms detection team. Sandra’s experience with the Public Order Unit carried over into dog handling, and the team became one of the Public Order K9 Teams.
Once Police Service Dog Hondo was retired at the end of 2012, Sandra spent a short time learned the ropes as an investigator in the VPD’s Robbery/Assault/Arson Unit before joining the Public Affairs Section in May 2013.
* The first VPD police woman to serve in the section, Constable Jeremy Field, worked with her police dog from the late 1970’s to the early 1980’s. Sandra is honoured to have followed in Constable Field’s footsteps, and holds the Dog Squad Tradition close to her heart.