The police occupy a uniquely powerful role in our society. As public servants sworn to serve and protect the interests of all citizens, they bear the heavy responsibility of enforcing the law in an impartial manner. And as peace officers authorized to carry weapons and use force in the course of their duties, they bear the equally heavy responsibility of exercising their powers within the limits of the rights and freedoms central to our democratic society.
Entitled To Serve and Protect, this report prepared by the Pivot Legal Society, examines whether the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) meets the high standard of conduct expected of our police force. It presents the results of a 9 month long research program in which sworn legal statements about interactions with the VPD were obtained from 50 separate individuals. These statements, carefully documented and sworn by lawyers, present the direct personal experiences and observations of each individual.