The Vancouver Police Union (VPU) has announced that Ralph Kaisers, a Sergeant with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), and current Vice President of the Union, has been elected President, replacing Tom Stamatakis, who had stepped down from the Union at the end of his most recent term. Mr. Kaisers was acclaimed by the membership for a three year term as new President.
"I appreciate the tremendous responsibility that our members have given me, to represent them, and to work on their behalf, as they serve the Vancouver community," said Mr. Kaisers. "I am confident our Union can continue to build on the successes we've had in promoting our members' health and well-being, and to continue to focus on ensuring that the Vancouver Police Department is the best place for front-line police personnel to work in all of British Columbia."
Mr. Kaisers joined the VPD in 1992, and worked as a Constable in Patrol and Strike Force. Combined Special Forces Enforcement Unit, and the Major Crime Section. During this time, he recieved 2 Chief Constables Citations, 2 Deputy Chief Citations, and 3 Inspectors commendations. He has received both the Police Officer's Exemplary Service Medal, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. After being promoted to Sergeant, he worked with Professional Standards, Strike Force, the General Investigations Section, and Major Crimes. He joined the Vancouver Police Union as a Director in 2011, and has served as Vice President since 2012.
"As I begin my term, I'd like to take this opportunity to offer my thanks to our outgoing President, Tom Stamatakis, for his dedication and commitment to the VPU," said Mr. Kaisers. "For over 20 years, Tom has been the driving force behind our union, and I hope to continue to show the same passionate advocacy on behalf of the men and women of the VPD that has has demonstrated over that time."
Mr. Stamatakis will continue as President of the British Columbia Police Association, and the Canadian Police Association, where he was recently re-elected to a new four-year term, representing over 60, 000 front-line police personnel across Canada.
I'd like to offer my sincere gratitude to all the members of the Vancouver Police Union for the confidence they've shown in me since my first election," said Mr. Stamatakis. "I'd also like to offer my congratulations to Ralph, as he begins his term, and I am very confident that our Union will be in very good hands under his leadership."
The Vancouver Police Union was established in 1918, and represents over 1,450 front-line police officers, jail guards, and special constables of the Vancouver Police Department.