Our community-focused approach to policing was developed to ensure that Transit Police delivers services that support each community’s unique needs, so that everyone who rides transit feels safe. The Community Engagement Team (CET) supports this approach by building relationships with, and listening closely to, the diverse communities served by public transit.
Team Lead – Sgt. Cheryl Simpkin
Sergeant Cheryl Simpkin heads the nine-person team, providing leadership to its officers and creating pathways to resources that make community engagement successful. She works to build relationships with social support networks so that the CET can redirect vulnerable people away from the justice system and toward the services they need.
Drawing on her Vuntut Gwitchen First Nation heritage, Sgt. Simpkin has been working to build relationships between Indigenous peoples and police since she began her policing career with the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police in 2000. She has now expanded her scope to include anyone who may be feeling marginalized or underserved by police, especially those affected by mental health or addiction challenges.
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Indigenous Liaison Officer – Cst. Kirk Rattray
Constable Kirk Rattray He draws on his Tahltan First Nation heritage to bring understanding between police and indigenous people in the region MVTP serves. In addition to building relationships with Indigenous communities, Cst. Rattray provides training for Transit Police officers and direction for our department on Indigenous issues.
Cst. Rattray participates in the annual Pulling Together Canoe Journey, and he launched a cadet program while serving with the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police. He has now brought that experience to MVTP, creating the Blue Eagle Community Cadets program.
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Client Services Constable – Cst. Gwen Ranquist
Constable Gwen Ranquist is lead on all initiatives related to mental health, both within the community that we serve and among our own employees. Her role is vital to ensure that vulnerable people with significant mental health challenges are able to use the transit system safely.
Cst. Ranquist offers support and mentoring to Transit Police officers, to ensure they have the skills and resources to provide effective help. She manages files where there are repeated calls to police regarding the same individual, and creates solution-oriented policing strategies by working together with a variety of healthcare and community outreach partners to assist those people at their point of need.
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Neighbourhood Police Officers
In order to best serve the needs of various geographic areas within Metro Vancouver, there are six Neighbourhood Police Officers, each responsible for a Community Service Area (CSA).
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