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Vancouver Police Museum marks 100 years since passing of a pioneer in local law enforcement

(Via Vancouver Police Museum)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Vancouver Police Museum is honouring a fallen officer today, but not just any fallen officer.

This Monday marks 100 years since the line-of-duty death of Chief Malcolm MacLennan.

Today, the occasion is being marked with a memorial and the unveiling of a new exhibit, created with the help of MacLennan’s descendants.

“One of Malcolm MacLennan’s great, great, grand-nephews actually approached the museum a while ago really wanting to put something together,” explains museum director Rosslyn Ship.

“So, we have been working in collaboration with Marc Sato who is a relation to MacLennan.”

MacLennan is seen as a pioneer in local policing, having hired the city’s first visible minority police officer while also fighting for higher wages and better working conditions.

He also lobbied politicians for a treatment center to give drug addicts medical help rather than treating them as criminals.

A short memorial and exhibit unveiling happens between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. at the Vancouver Police Museum on Cordova Street.