About North Vancouver RCMP'Connected To Our Community' - The North Vancouver RCMP is committed to building a safer community through partnerships with local businesses, residents and government agencies.
The North Vancouver RCMP is located in the heart of North Vancouver, which is situated on the North Shore of the Port of Vancouver, on Burrard Inlet, across from downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. The North Shore is made up of North Vancouver and West Vancouver. From Burrard Inlet, North Vancouver rises sharply to the peaks of Grouse and Seymour Mountains.
North Vancouver is comprised of two municipalities, the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver. The District of North Vancouver surrounds the City, however, North Vancouver is policed as one whole area. North Vancouver is also the home to five First Nations Bands. The North Vancouver RCMP polices four of the reserves and the fifth is policed by the West Vancouver Police Department.
The North Vancouver RCMP is committed to building a safer community through partnerships with local businesses, residents and government agencies. The RCMP in North Vancouver enjoys an excellent working relationship with the Mayors and Councils of North Vancouver, and boasts robust and active community involvement in its crime reduction strategies. North Vancouver's strong sense of community makes it not only one of the best places in the world to live, but also a fantastic place to work as a police agency.
North Vancouver is a beautiful place to live. It’s renowned for its rural lifestyle while being situated only minutes from Downtown Vancouver. Physical fitness and outdoor activities are a way of life in North Vancouver with hiking, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing and scuba diving being among the popular sports. There never seems to be an end of things to do. Both Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour are within the North Vancouver Detachment area, and Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are only a ninety minute drive away.
Officer in Charge - Superintendent Ghalib Bhayani
Supt. Ghalib Bhayani is the Officer in Charge of the North Vancouver RCMP Detachment. In addition to policing, he is a part time university professor in the area of policing and justice issues. He has over 27 years of international and national police experience as a manager, supervisor, instructor, investigator and facilitator with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Delta Police Department. He recently returned from Iraq as the first Canadian Senior Police Advisor to the Government of Iraq in Baghdad, as part of the nascent Canadian Ministerial Liaison Team (MLT).
Ghalib's diverse police background includes positions in professional standards, which involves internal and administrative investigations including misconduct and respectful workplace issues, in community policing, police accountability, major crimes, uniform patrol, international training, and on a United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). He has been a researcher in police reform, strategic planning, change management, capacity building, and organized crime programs.
Ghalib holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology, a Master’s Degree in International Diplomacy, and a doctorate degree in governance and accountability related to policing reforms. Through his professional and personal life, he has travelled to over 40 countries, many of them involved in conflict and undergoing justice reforms. He has edited and reviewed a number of academic text books, journal articles, and an international community policing manual for the Pearson Peace Centre and United Nations.
Operations Support Officer - Inspector Mike Bhatti
Insp. Mike Bhatti is currently the Operations Support Officer of the North Vancouver RCMP Detachment. He has been an RCMP officer for 23 years. He was previously the Operations officer at North Vancouver detachment. He has also held positions as a Duty Officer in Surrey and the Regional Duty Officer encompassing the entire Lower Mainland.
Prior to becoming a commissioned officer, Mike worked in the Criminal Operations Secretariat at
E Division Headquarters. He has worked as a property crimes investigator, serious crimes investigator and as a drug crimes supervisor. He also spent 4 years as a special constable with the Special Investigations Unit at the Insurance Corporation of BC.
Mike holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University and a Diploma in Criminal Justice from Camosun College. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Commanding Officer’s Commendation for his response to the 2010 Stanley Cup Riot, and a Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation. He obtained his Public Order Silver Commander Certification at London Police College in the United Kingdom, for responses to major disasters, incidents and large scale policing operations. He is also trained as a Critical Incident Manager and Incident Commander, and has been a member of the Lower Mainland’s Integrated Tactical Troop since 2004.
Operations Officer - Inspector Ben Rodrigue
Insp. Ben Rodrigue is the Operations Support Officer of the north Vancouver RCMP Detachment. He has been with the RCMP for 26 years, since 1993, where he began his career in North Vancouver. Prior to coming to North Vancouver he worked as a Regional Duty Officer in the Lower Mainland District, before which he was a frontline policing commander and supervisor at Ridge Meadows, Kamloops, and Surrey Detachments.
Ben was in charge of the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team, and he played an instrumental role in creating that unit. He has worked in drug enforcement at Surrey Detachment, coordinating undercover operations and targeting drug trafficking in Whalley. He also worked with the Vancouver Police Department before returning to the RCMP to work at Burnaby Detachment.
Ben holds a College Diploma from Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe. He is a recipient of the Commanding Officer’s Commendation for Bravery, a two-time recipient of the BC Lieutenant Governor General’s Award for Meritorious Service, and the Commanding Officer’s Commendation for Meritorious Service. During his career, Ben has contributed to numerous major law enforcement initiatives throughout BC, including Vision 2010, a road safety campaign to reduce impaired driving, project
Essen, targeting the Hell’s Angels, and the development of the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team.
A Brief History of the RCMP in North Vancouver
In 1950 the RCMP provincial policing contracts extended in British Columbia and Newfoundland. The BC Provincial Police had already assumed the duties and responsibilities for law enforcement on the North Shore.
- 1893: The first law court was held in North Vancouver. During this time individuals within the community were appointed as constables. They were given the authority to do the community’s bidding in keeping the peace.
- 1897: Mr. Wattie was appointed constable and held the office for two years.
- 1899: August Mr. A.D. Nye was appointed constable until 1902 when Mr. Charles Mee was appointed. Mr. Mee resigned in March and Mr. Jack Kaymes replaced him while acting as caretaker for the new municipal hall.
- 1904 June: The prefix "Royal" was conferred on the force by King Edward VII in recognition of the force’s contributions to bringing peace and stability to the North West.
- 1906 August: Mr. H.Dick was appointed constable but resigned when Mr. Arthur Davies was appointed with Mr. Peter Stewart as his assistant.
- 1907: Arthur Davies was appointed City’s first Chief of Police.
It was a different time but not a different place. It was here on the North Shore within what we know and come to love as North Vancouver.
- 1919: Chief Peter Stewart – Appointment to City of North Vancouver Police.
- 1920: Following the expansion of our mandate and our merger with the
Dominion Police, we became the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- 1934 October 15th: BC Provincial Police assumes policing duties in the City and District of North Vancouver.
- 1940-1942: The RCMP supply vessel, St. Roch, makes her historic voyage through the North-West Passage.
- 1950 August 14,
(An excerpt from the North Shore Press August 17th, 1950)
On Dutyin North Vancouver August 14th 1950.
S/Sgt. George MacAndrew #421
Cpl. Phil Boulton
Cst. William Cameron #1249
Cst. Al Clark
Cst. Art Cotter
Cst. Eric Cox
Cst. R.P. Dickson
Cst. Murdoch Graham #526
Cst. Bob Logie
Cst. Angus MacDonald
Cst. D.J. MacDonnell
Cst. S.T. Nott
Cst. Jack Purdy #788
Cst. George Williams #1027
The RCMP shouldered additional responsibilities throughout the Province of British Columbia with the demise of the B.C. Provincial Police in 1951.
- 1951 RCMP Cst. S.T.B. Scott (BC Provincial Police)
- 1962 October 31st New building opened.
- 1997 July 25th Gerry Brewer Building opened.
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