BCCPA is a provincially registered society and federally registered charity. Voting members comprise corporations, small businesses, non-profit groups, police services, municipalities and individuals.
BCCPA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected at the Annual General Meeting held each fall. The Board of Directors comprises fifteen directors, with no fewer than seven directors elected from each of the police and volunteer/business sectors. This mix of police and community interest on the Board provides for a balanced approach to crime prevention issues.
The bylaws of the Association stipulate that each director shall hold office for a term of two years with half of the directors retiring from office on alternate years. This provides for continuity of business for the Association and the opportunity for experienced directors to mentor those new to the board.
At the first meeting of the Board of Directors following the Annual General Meeting, the directors elect the executive comprised of president, 1st and 2nd vice-president, secretary and/or treasurer. In addition, the past president sits on the executive committee.
Board of Directors
President: S/Sgt. Kevin Bernardin
In 1995 Staff Sergeant Kevin Bernardin joined the Vancouver Police Department as a Reserve Constable. Kevin also worked as a radio dispatcher for the RCMP for two years before being sworn in as a Constable with the VPD in 1998.
Through his career with the VPD, Kevin has worked in many sections, including: Patrol, Bicycle Squad, Collision Investigation Unit, and Citizens’ Crime Watch, prior to being promoted to Sergeant in 2011. This promotion led him to positions within the Jail, Community Policing and Patrol sections. In 2016, Kevin was promoted to Staff Sergeant and now works in the Professional Standards Section.
Kevin’s close connections to community policing began in the mid-90’s with the Tri-City Speed Watch and Port Moody Crime Watch programs, along with helping to develop the Speed Watch, SAR & iPatrol iOS applications.
Past President: Supt. Marcie Flamand
Supt. Marcie Flamand has been a member of the Vancouver Police Department since 1987 and was a VPD Reserve member for 4 years prior to joining the regular force. Marcie has worked in a variety of assignments including Operations, Public Information Counter, Strike Force, Community Policing, Recruiting, and the Beat Enforcement Team. She served as a long-time member of the VPD’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team and was the coordinator and team leader from 2007-2011. Supt. Flamand is a member of the Sister Watch Committee in the Downtown Eastside and has worked hard in establishing positive working relationships with key stakeholders to prevent violence against women and girls. She is currently assigned to the Diversity and Aboriginal Policing Section. Supt. Flamand has a strong community focus and enjoys working together to keep our communities safe.
Vice President: Wendy Hawthorne
Wendy has worked with Transit for 30 years. Wendy was sworn in as one of the original Special Provincial Constables in 1985 and has had an incredible career with transit. In 2005, Wendy transitioned from Special Constable to the Transit Police…the first Transit Police force in Canada. Wendy values all the incredible partnerships and people she has come into contact with over the last 30 years and is proud of the opportunity to “Safely Link Communities” with Transit Police.
Sgt. Rob Smith
Rob is a member of the Oak Bay Police Department and has been a police officer for the last 10 years having started his career with the RCMP. As the Crime Prevention Officer, he quickly began to value the work of the BCCPA, becoming involved as a Regional Associate Director and as the president from 2010 through 2014.
Following service in the Royal Canadian Navy, Rod joined the City of Vancouver where his duties focused primarily on logistics support for emergency and event management with the Office of Emergency Management, and the Emergency and Operational Planning section of the Vancouver Police. Rod continues assisting in instructing the nationally recognized Search & Canvass course. In 2005 he became Security & Emergency Coordinator with Metro Vancouver Regional District, responsible for Enforcement, Investigations, Public Safety and is a sworn Peace Officer under Provincial Legislation.
Rod is an active member of numerous associations and sits on several Provincial and National Security & Emergency committees. He is also a Counter Terrorism Information Officer (RCMP) and Fusion Liaison Officer (Washington State Fusion Centre).
Rod remains active in the Navy Reserve as a Regional Liaison Officer for Joint Task Force Pacific, liaising between the Canadian Forces and Civil Authorities in British Columbia. Honours include the Canadian Forces Decoration with Clasp and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.