The Impact of Alphonse Bertillon’s Work on Criminology and Modern Day Criminal Documentation

  In this unpredictable world we live in, universal truths can be comforting. While it is often argued that nothing is absolute, there is one thing that we can all count on: it is really hard to take a flattering passport photo. This pearl of wisdom can be extended to

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The Gastown Riots of 1971

While the gathering began “peacefully,” no one could anticipate the violence that followed. On August 7th 1971, Vancouver’s Yippie Party and writers from The Georgia Straight organised a pro-marijuana “smoke-in” at Maple Tree Square to oppose Vancouver drug policies. Thousands of supporters gathered in the Gastown district, dancing in the

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Female Pickpockets in a Lawless Time

“Female pickpockets are rare. No real lady will pick any pocket but her husband’s” – The Winnipeg Evening Tribune: October 5, 1920 Perceptions of female pickpockets were contentious at the turn of the century. Especially in national print-media sources, these women were either completely underestimated in their ability to act unlawfully,

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Jellybeans, Meth Labs, and Whales – OH MY! The Marine Unit Sees It All!

Written by Lisa Wills, VPM volunteer. The VPD Marine Unit was thrust into the international spotlight recently, with their rescue of a large yellow jellybean from False Creek. Urban pranksters had pushed the candy shaped sculpture into the water but it was easily rescued by the intrepid nautical crew. Although

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An Arresting Collection – Glass Plates

Written by George Dill-Jones, VPM Curatorial Volunteer The Vancouver Police Museum has recently completed a 3-year digitization and rehousing project. Over 400 glass plate negatives are now scanned, stored in archival quality materials, and available for research! VPM Archival photo N01958 If you’re interested, we’d like to tell you a

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The Chameleon – A closer look at the shape-shifting imposter Written by Naomi Nguyen, VPM Curatorial Assistant.

The “Chameleon” was a beloved exhibit, on display at the Vancouver Police Museum since the 1980s. It was recently taken down to make room for our feature exhibit Bridging the Gap: Vancouver’s Youth & the Law, giving us an opportunity to give these artifacts a closer look. This collection of artifacts

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Sgt. McKinnon’s crazy car chase and dandy doodles!

Written by Naomi Nguyen, VPM Curatorial Assistant During the collections rehousing project done this summer several police training notebooks from the 1940s and 1950s were unearthed from among the artifacts. One in particular caught my eye as I was flipping through on my way to depositing it in the archives.

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Adventures of the realistic Africa

Dolphins have a streamlined fusiform body, adapted for fast swimming. The tail fin, called the fluke, is used for propulsion while the pectoral fins, together with the entire tail section, provide directional control. The dorsal fin, in those species that have one, provides stability while swimming. Though varying by species,

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RP band performance at Shop Pleu

Dolphins have a streamlined fusiform body, adapted for fast swimming. The tail fin, called the fluke, is used for propulsion while the pectoral fins, together with the entire tail section, provide directional control. The dorsal fin, in those species that have one, provides stability while swimming. Though varying by species,

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Happy holidays to everyone!

Dolphins have a streamlined fusiform body, adapted for fast swimming. The tail fin, called the fluke, is used for propulsion while the pectoral fins, together with the entire tail section, provide directional control. The dorsal fin, in those species that have one, provides stability while swimming. Though varying by species,

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