Homelessness Awareness
Course Category: Community Awareness and Interactions
Course Category: Students

Notice: This course was originally created for the Vancouver Police Department and may contain VPD-specific information/policies.


Content Provider:
Vancouver Police Department


1 hour

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Homelessness is a significant problem in many cities across Canada. In addition to the high social and economic costs of homelessness, the issue presents a particular challenge to policing by creating significant demands on police resources and the justice system.

Homelessness Awareness explores the unique issues associated with homelessness and the role of police in addressing the problem in their community. In addition to providing information about homelessness and its impact on Canadian society, it will also review various legal authorities available to police in the event of a perceived disturbance.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Develop an awareness of homelessness and its causes in Canada
  • Develop an awareness of Canada’s homelessness situations
  • Develop an awareness of the impact homelessness has on Canadian society

This course was specifically designed for members of the Vancouver Police Department but may provide relevant information for frontline police officers in other jurisdictions.

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Civilian, Public Safety Officer, Peace Officer / Special Constable, Student, Other Federal, Provincial and Municipal Employees