Category: In the Media

February 2, 2017
CBC News : 'Odd Squad' cops say prevention, not more harm reduction, needed for fentanyl crisis

“I don't support elements of harm reduction that are legalizers in sheep's clothing there,” says a retired police officer who served for many years on the Downtown Eastside. He's part of the Odd Squad, a group that works on drug abuse prevention.

Read the original story on CBC: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/fentanyl-overdose-vancouver-odd-squad-1.3962727

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December 29, 2015
Blush Article about the “Odd Christmas Party”

Original article: blushvancouver.com/the-odd-christmas-party-an-evening-with-jim-byrnes/ Whether you have heard of them yet or not, Odd Squad members have been making a difference in our city’s most troubled area since 1997. A group of concerned Down Town East Side (DTES) beat cops decided to “take something out of that sordid mess that we were tasked with policing and […]

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October 31, 2015
North Stars to partner with RCMP against drug abuse

Battlefords North Stars hockey team is starting a joint initiative with RCMP in Project First Goal to educate children against drug abuse. The project will see members of the North Stars travelling to Vancouver to see first hand the consequences of drug abuse, touring the downtown east side with the Odd Squad. The players will document […]

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January 27, 2015
End Gang Life: Myths & Realities

Doug Charlton spoke at a press conference today as Executive Director of Odd Squad and Producer of the End Gang Life: Myths and Realities video modules. Within a couple of hours of the official launch, the project is already having a huge impact and receiving national recognition. _____ We launched the videos this morning at […]

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October 29, 2012
Sgt. Kal Dosanjh oversees a squad of officers in the Downtown Eastside

Vancouver Police Sergeant Kalwinder Dosanjh oversees a squad of officers in the Downtown Eastside.

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July 13, 2012
Eastside Stories: Diary of a Vancouver Beat Cop - 'She made her decision, and it was the wrong one'

Posted by Steve Five days past her 18th birthday, she was hooting on a crack pipe near the corner of Hastings and Columbia. She tossed the glass pipe to the pavement as we approached and tried to blend in with the crowd. “Please don’t arrest me,” the pretty redhead pleaded as I grabbed her arm to […]

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July 4, 2012
THE BEAT Season 2 Premieres Sunday July 29 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT

Airing: Season 2 Premieres Sunday July 29 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT Never before have television cameras had unlimited access to the police that patrol Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, one of the most controversial neighborhoods in North America. The Beat is a ten-part docu-soap series that presents a gritty, behindthe-scenes look at the challenges faced by […]

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June 28, 2012
Eastside Stories: Diary of a Vancouver Beat Cop - 'No easy answers'

Posted on June 25, 2012 by Steve A young hipster in skinny jeans and a plaid shirt stopped me on West Hastings Street the other day. “So, when are you gonna start arresting some of the drug dealers out here?” he asked. It was a bit of a sarcastic comment, so I dished a little of the same […]

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June 21, 2012
Odd Squad Productions celebrates 15th anniversary in style

By Kelly Marion Photos by Kelly J Marion --> @kellyjean247 Odd Squad Productions (OSP) held their 15th Annual Fundraiser Gala this month and sold out at over 1000 guests. The Vancouver Convention Centre was overflowing with black ties and evening gowns, with everyone looking chic as they perused the silent auction and sipped on a glass of wine. The large support was […]

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