Many of you are spending the holiday season connecting with friends and family, taking advantage of holiday events throughout Metro Vancouver, enjoying the snow, or giving back to your community. And so are we. Here are some highlights of what Metro Vancouver Transit Police has been up to this holiday season.
Patrol officers got into the Christmas spirit during their shift on Christmas Eve. Constable Emily Stasiuk brought in “stuffies” to hand out to children who were riding the transit system that day. The plush toys were a big hit and one pink unicorn stuff in particular made a big impression.
Constable Shiraaz Hanif partnered with Fratelli Bakery and local superhero Tammy Joyal who donated treats and warm winter clothing respectively. On Christmas Eve, he set out to spend the night visiting with people who were spending the night alone on the streets.
Constable Bruce Shipley meanwhile has also been busy doing outreach with vulnerable people who spend time on and around the transit system. He provides them with food, warm clothing and access to resources to ensure that they stay safe in the freezing weather.
It’s not just human Transit Police officers and dispatchers who have been working this holiday season, the Explosive Detection Dog Team dogs have been busy as well. Working in the snow has been a new experience for some of them, but Police Dog Harnett had a blast while working on Christmas Day.
In partnership with all of our TransLink partners, we helped support Coast Mountain Bus Company’s annual Toys for Tots campaign that saw 2,678 toys and $2,500 in donations delivered to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. We are proud to have played a role in bringing Christmas to local kids who might have otherwise gone without.
But what really fills us with holiday cheer is the well-wishes we’ve gotten from all of you. Every holiday greeting and act of kindness is very much appreciated. Notably, we especially appreciated the serenade from a former music teacher and talented singer.
From all of us at Metro Vancouver Transit Police, we hope that your holiday season has been as rewarding as ours and we wish you all the best in 2022.