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Published on June 13, 2012 By Sandra

Last Saturday’s ride along was a hoot. The young woman (I know her well, so let’s call her ‘Jane’) was a bit nervous beforehand, and when she arrived at the kennels for the start of the shift, she admitted she felt as if she had been getting ready for a date. “What do I wear? […]

Questions to Ask Yourself as a Police Hopeful

Published on February 4, 2010 By Sandra

I recently had a conversation with a colleague of mine about what we should communicate to people considering a career in law enforcement. My colleague, who helps with recruit training, said the following question should be asked of all police hopefuls: “Why do you want to be a police officer?” Most will give the appropriate answer […]

Questions of Black, White and Gray

Published on August 21, 2009 By Sandra

I have been fielding many questions and emails about the recruiting process for the Vancouver Police Department and what the general requirements are to become a police officer.  As a result, the FAQ’s section has more links to the VPD’s Recruiting website where most of those questions can be answered. Some of the questions I have been asked […]

Social Networking Websites & Policing

Published on February 11, 2009 By Sandra

After a news article was released a few weeks ago regarding the NYPD checking the online MySpace and Facebook accounts for applicants, I’ve been asked several times if the Vancouver Police Department is doing the same.  The answer is ‘sort of’. In a clipping from The New York Post: “The NYPD is requiring police recruits […]

From the UK to Canada

Published on January 27, 2009 By Sandra

A couple of years ago, when I was a brand new dog handler (I still feel new, so go easy), I responded to a break and enter at a local car dealership.  Patrol units had responded to an alarm – upon their arrival, they advised dispatch that one of the doors of the dealership had been […]