On April 13, 2023, Metro Vancouver Transit Police Staff Sergeant Michelle Hansen accepted the 2023 British Columbia Women in Law Enforcement (BCWLE) Leadership Award.
In a room filled with women who represented the pinnacle of policing, S/Sgt Hansen was recognized for her unwavering commitment to the community she serves, and the strength of leadership that she provides.
Being able to help people has always been the goal for S/Sgt. Hansen, and the reason she got into policing. In a career spanning 27 years, of which 22 were served with the RCMP before joining Transit Police, S/Sgt Hansen has worked in a number of areas, including Patrol, Olympics Security, high-profile international events, Major Crime, and the Lower Mainland Integrated Tactical Troop. Today, she helps to oversee Operations, working closely with TransLink’s operating companies to address safety on transit.
Since joining Transit Police in 2018, S/Sgt Hansen has stood out for the level of compassion and care that she brings to her work. This is obvious to everyone she interacts with, including the squad that reported to her during her time as Patrol Sergeant.
When a patrol officer lost his 13-year-old son, Justice, to illness, S/Sgt. Hansen was there to help offer support and guidance. She then sought to turn the tragedy into a way to help other children. Working closely with the officer, his family and the department, she created a plush dog named K9 Hero “Justice”, designed to be given by police officers to children who experience a traumatic situation on transit. K9 Hero Justice pays tribute to the bravery, courage, and strength of the child he’s named after, while providing comfort to those in need.
“I’m so humbled and honoured by this nomination and award. I credit the incredible team at MVTP that I am so grateful to work alongside.” – S/Sgt. Michelle Hansen
“I was immensely proud to watch Michelle receive the BCWLE Leadership award. Michelle epitomizes what a true leader is. Her caring and compassionate nature combined with her strength of character naturally draws people toward her. She is both an exceptional officer and mentor and I am so proud to have her as part of the Transit Police family.” – Transit Police Deputy Chief Anita Furlan
Watch the 2020 International Women’s Day video feature below to learn more about S/Sgt. Michelle Hansen