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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.
North Vancouver is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. The North Shore is made up of North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. 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, and five First Nations Bands. The District of North Vancouver surrounds the City, however, North Vancouver is policed as one whole area. 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 the leadership of both the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, 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 Jayson Lucash
Superintendent Jayson Lucash is a 26-year member of the RCMP having served in the Lower Mainland, North and Southeast Districts of E Division. During his service Superintendent Lucash has fulfilled such roles as Collision Reconstructionist, Watch Commander, Traffic Services Unit Manager, Detachment Commander and is currently the Officer in Charge at North Vancouver Detachment.
Superintendent Lucash received his Commission in April of 2017 and has served as the Officer in Charge of North District Traffic Services, Officer in Charge of Terrace Detachment and Operations Officer at Ridge Meadows Detachment before becoming the Officer in Charge of North Vancouver Detachment in October of 2022.
Operations Support Officer
Insp. Matthew Turner
A seasoned officer in his 19th year of RCMP service. Insp. Matthew Turner assumes the role of the North Van detachment's Operations Support Officer. Originally hailing from Ajax, Ontario, Insp. Turner began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer in Dawson Creek. He then moved to Prince George, where he became a member of the newly formed Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC).
In 2019, Insp. Turner joined the LMD - Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), where he had the opportunity to work closely and collaborate with detachments across the Lower Mainland. He remained with IHIT until 2019, before embarking on a new journey and deploying as a member of the Canadian Police Mission in Ukraine. In this setting, Insp. Turner was responsible for teaching police leadership and also acted as the deputy contingent commander for the CPMU. Upon returning from his overseas endeavours, Insp. Turner accepted a position in the Maritimes to become the Operations Officer for Halifax District East. In this role, he was responsible for the operations of four detachments and several support teams within Halifax District. He then transitioned into a role as the plainclothes OIC for the Halifax District.
Inspector Vaz Kassam
Inspector Vaz Kassam is currently the Operations Officer at the North Vancouver RCMP Detachment. He joined the RCMP on February 4, 1993, in North Vancouver, BC. Following training he was posted to Burnaby Detachment and has served in the Lower Mainland during his entire service.
Inspector Kassam brings a diverse background to North Vancouver, having served in Frontline policing, School Liaison, General Investigations Section, The Integrated Homicide Investigative Team,
E Division Professional Standards,
E Division Criminal Intelligence Section, and the Real Time Intelligence Section – British Columbia (RTIC-BC).
Inspector Kassam was Commissioned to the rank of Inspector in the spring of 2018. Since then he has served as the Officer In Charge of the RTIC-BC. Inspector Kassam has previous military experience, having served in Her Majesty’s Royal Canadian Navy as a Maritime Surface Officer.
North Vancouver RCMP Detachment Strategic Plan 2019-2023
The North Vancouver RCMP detachment is proud to introduce the detachment’s official Strategic Plan, which will guide our operations through to the end of 2023.
This Strategic Plan outlines North Vancouver RCMP’s commitment to having a measurable impact on our communities’ leading concerns while sustaining the many other services we deliver. It is anchored by four key principles: Improving Road Safety, Increasing Sense of Security, Partnering for Social Impact, and Optimizing People Capacity.
Community engagement remains at the centre of our everyday work. In early 2019, the North Vancouver Detachment invited a broad range of community groups and partners to help identify the City’s and District’s top policing priorities. These key stakeholders included service organizations, public safety partners, and the North Vancouver Policing Committee. This guided our emphasis on improving road safety and increasing the sense of security in our communities through to 2023.
We have grown increasingly sensitive to the social impact of policing, acknowledging opportunities to value our diverse communities, minimize our footprint on traditional territories, and strengthen partnerships for people living with mental health and substance use challenges.
Our police officers, municipal team members and volunteers often encounter people on their worst days. No matter what the crisis, our team is determined to act with compassion and empathy. Ongoing investment in the capacity and resilience of our people is our strategic enabler.
We are one team with one goal, that of a healthy and safe community.
To read our full Strategic Plan, please click here.
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)
- 1962 October 31st: New building opened.
- 1997 July 25th: Gerry Brewer Building opened.
On Duty in North Vancouver August 14th 1950.
- S/Sgt. George MacAndrew #421
- Cpl. Alex
- 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.
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