Calendar Winners!

Congratulations to the following two readers, who were selected using random.org:

  • #44 – Eunice, comment left November 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm
  • #61 – Jo Ewing, comment left November 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm.

Eunice and Jo, please send me an email at sandra@behindtheblueline.ca to verify your identity and to provide a mailing address so I know where to send your 2012 Police Dog calendar.

Thank you to everyone who participated.  We will have more calendars available for sale at the beginning of December (we have completely sold out), so if you have not been able to purchase one you will be able to then.

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Remembrance Day 2011

May we never forget.


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Dog Squad Give-Away!!

Thank you to everyone who visited our two sites last Friday and purchased the 2012 Vancouver Police dog Calendar – it was a sell out for the calendars we had on hand, but calendars are still available online!

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PSD training exercise, photo by Derek Cain

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Online orders have been steady, and we are expecting another rush of sales before Christmas.  We are hoping to hold another street sale before the holiday season, so I’ll keep you all posted on that.

But in the meantime….

I have TWO calendars to give away to two blog readers.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog between now and 2359 hrs (11:59 pm) on Wednesday, November 16th and you will be entered in a random draw!

Here are the rules:

  • This give-away is open to everyone, regardless of which country you live in
  • Leave a comment on this post between today, Tuesday, November 8, 2011, and 2359 hours (PST) on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
  • I’ll announce the winners on Thursday, November 17th, 2011
  • Anonymous comments will be not be included as there is no way to properly identify the participant if an anonymous comment is selected as the winner.  To get around this you can create a Gmail account with an alias (it’s easy and it’s free) so no one will ever know who you really are – even I won’t know.
  • VPD Facebook and Twitter followers – only comments left on this actual blog (not on the VPD Facebook or Twitter page) will be counted towards a chance at the prize. To view the blog, go to www.behindtheblueline.ca.

Good Luck!

And remember – if you do not win, please purchase a calendar as the proceeds are donated to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the BC Cancer Foundation.

Thank you, again, for your support!

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Feel free to ask questions when you post a comment – I will answer them in another post (so don’t worry, Matthew F!) in order to keep this comment section dedicated to give-away entrants.

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2012 Police Dog Calendar

The Vancouver Police Dog Squad has released its 2012 Police Dog calendar, funded and produced by the Candy Anfield Memorial Foundation.   Candy Anfield, a Vancouver police officer, lost her battle with cancer in 2004.

Photographer Derek Cain, who is also a Vancouver police officer, donated his time, skill and equipment to capture the spirit of our working dogs.

Here is a sampling of photos that are not in the calendar:

Calendars are $10.00 each.

All of the proceeds will be donated to the BC Cancer Foundation and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Sales of the 2011 calendar resulted in a total donation of $15,000.00!

Let’s try and beat that this year!

If you would like to buy a calendar in person, members of the Dog Squad will be at the intersection of Burrard St. and Robson St, tomorrow morning, Friday, November 4, 2011, from 7am to 10 am.

**UPDATE – We will also be at the intersection of Georgia St and Granville St**

Come on down and meet your favourite police dogs and help support this very worthy cause.

Calendars can be purchased online by visiting Studio Five-0.  If you order two or more calendars there is no shipping charge.

For a full list of retail and other outlets that will be selling the calendars in and around Vancouver, please visit the Vancouver Police Dog Squad website.

We hope to see you downtown tomorrow!

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Here are a few more:

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Thanks again to Derek for allowing me to post his wonderful photos.

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Just when you think times have changed…

I’ve been spending some time at the Vancouver Archives researching various aspects of our city’s history.

A letter of correspondence from one police agency (not the VPD), dated from the 1920’s, stated their department’s women police officers were responsible for ’emergency and constructive work with women and children’ and their duties were considered ‘protective-preventative’.  Police women did not work in general patrol, did not carry firearms, and did not do any of the duties carried out by policemen.  They were thought to have enough work in the Women’s Division that they would not be required to attempt the same work as a man.

Jump ahead to 2011 – Women now have the same policing duties as their male counterparts, and are (or have been) employed in all units and squads within the Vancouver Police Department.  It’s usually a good mix, because men and women bring something a little different to the table.

But one things drives me crazy – the uniforms.

Or, more accurately, the lack of women’s uniforms.

The Dog Squad is one of a few sections within the department where officers wear a specialized, task specific uniform.  As dog handlers, our uniforms are more rugged, more comfortable and more suited to our jobs.  Called BDU’s (Battle Dress Uniform) or TDU’s (Tactical Duty Uniforms), the uniforms are an excellent choice for urban policing and should be considered for all uniformed sections, including patrol.

We purchase the uniforms from a large company, and up until last year they did not make a task specific uniform for women.  For the first few years as a dog handler, I tried wearing the men’s uniforms but found they did not fit well/were uncomfortable and I ended up wearing a uniform that was half law enforcement and half paramedic.  The men’s shirts are okay, but the women’s shirts are a joke as the pockets are tiny and do not even fit a notebook.  Almost every single female police dog handler I spoke to ran in to the same issue, and most were wearing the paramedic pants or had their uniforms custom made and flown in from Ontario.

The company finally produced the BDU/TDU uniform in a women’s cut in late 2009, so I was a very happy officer to finally have the required uniform.  It is super comfortable and far superior in quality to that currently worn by patrol.  After speaking to the other female dog handlers, our overall response to the uniform has been, “FINALLY!”

Here’s the kicker – the company does not produce the same uniform in green or a summer weight material (like they do for the men), and I sent them an email last week to ask if such a uniform was in the works.  They replied within a day to tell me, “No, but thank you for your email.”

Now I am forced to source out another supplier if I want to be properly equipped.  The only problem is, no one else makes the required uniform either.

What’s a gal to do?  It might as well be 1925.

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I should start my own uniform company…

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