Background on End of Innocence

lower mainland police_jurisdiction map

Marcella Reay

This is a map of police jurisdiction in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are responsible for the areas shown in yellow. The RCMP also police most of the rest of BC and a good deal of the rest of Canada.

Municipalities shown in other colours have their own police forces, for a total of six separate police forces. This unusual situation means policing is complicated in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland and in the past, information sharing between the various police forces was sparse. That fact was well demonstrated by the case of serial killer William Picton, who lived in Port Coquitlam. He killed 49 women before he was stopped. Half of his victims were Indigenous women.

About twenty years ago, two Indigenous girls who lived in North Vancouver were reported missing by their families. Within a few weeks, an eyewitness reported seeing the girls get into a car behind an elite, private members club in downtown Vancouver. To the best of my knowledge, there was no investigation.

Jurisdiction aside, the disappearance of some women and children is treated with greater urgency than the disappearance of others.