List of law enforcement agencies in British Columbia

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The following is a list of law enforcement agencies operating in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

Federal police[edit]

  • RCMP "E" Division – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the largest police body operating in British Columbia, providing federal, provincial, and municipal policing throughout the province. “E” Division has a strength of 5,900 sworn members and employs 1,700 civilian members and public service employees. In addition, approximately 1,200 auxiliary constables volunteer with “E” Division. It is the largest RCMP division, and along with “M” Division in the Yukon, makes up the Pacific Region, one of the four geographical regions of Canada under the RCMP’s policing scheme. “E” Division operates out of 127 local detachments with its headquarters at 657 West 37th Avenue in Vancouver. It polices all but 12 municipalities in the province and its Commanding Officer is Deputy Commissioner Gary Bass.[1]

Provincial agencies[edit]

  • British Columbia Conservation Officer Service (COS) Part of the Compliance Division of the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment, the Conservation Officer Service is responsible for enforcing over 20 federal and provincial environmental statutes and for responding to wildlife/human conflicts where public safety is at risk. Its headquarters are in Victoria and it has 44 offices throughout the province. It consists of Commercial Environmental Investigations Unit, the Special Investigations Unit, and the Ceremonial Unit. The COS has a strength of 120 regional conservation officers, excluding headquarter staff.[2]
  • British Columbia Sheriff Service (BCSS) Tracing its roots to the first sheriff appointed by Governor James Douglas for the Colony of Vancouver Island, the modern BCSS was formed after a consolidation of county sheriffs by the NDP government in 1974, and placed under the Ministry of the Attorney General. BCSS responsibilities include transporting prisoners by ground and air, protection of all Supreme,Appeals, Provincial Courts in B.C., assembling and supervising protecting juries, serving court documents, executing warrants, planning and undertaking High Security Operations for large scale trials such as Air India, protecting Federal and Provincial Judiciary, Crown Prosecutors and assisting the Provincial Coroners Office, carrying out court orders.Basic training is undertaken at the Justice Institute of British Columbia.[3]
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) is responsible for the inspection and enforcement of safety standards for commercial vehicles. As a founding member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, it represents BC in the tri-national (Canada, Mexico and the United States) conferences. In addition, transport of Dangerous Goods falls under the jurisdiction of CVSE. CVSE officers are peace officers and can issue violation tickets to all motor vehicles on the roads of British Columbia.

Regional agencies[edit]

Municipal police[edit]

Aboriginal police[edit]

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  • Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police Service (STPS) – The STPS was created in 1992. It operated as a pilot project for the next several years, with its officers sworn in as special constables. In 1999, it became a fully empowered police agency responsible for ten participating Stl'atl'imx communities. It operates out of the Lillooet Detachment and the Mount Currie Detachment.[6]

Historical agencies[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ RCMP in BC, official website of RCMP “E” Division. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  2. ^ Conservation Officer Service official website. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  3. ^ Sheriffs of British Columbia, unofficial website. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  4. ^ Abbotsford Police Department official website. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  5. ^ Central Saanich Police Service official website. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  6. ^ Stl'atl'imx Tribal Police Service official website. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
  7. ^ OCABC official website

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