Episode 5

Episode 5.1: Sgt-at-Arms Kevin Vickers

Published on: 3rd March, 2022

Kevin Vickers, by any standard, has had an exceptional career in law enforcement and public service more broadly.

After 29 years with the RCMP Kevin accepted a new challenge: the administration of security on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, first as the Director of Security for the House of Commons in 2005 and then in 2006 was appointed to the office of Sergeant-at-Arms. The rest is history.

On October 22, 2014 Kevin was instrumental in bringing an end to a terrorist attack on on our seat of government.

But before his life, and the lives of so many others changed forever that day, Kevin enjoyed a full and dynamic policing career that took him across the country, between sections and departments, and up the ranks. He retired as Chief Superintendent.

In part 1 of this two-part episode Kevin and I talk about his decision to join the Mounties, the curriculum at Depot in the late 1970s and policing in the pre-Charter era. We cover his time up north, in Alberta, and the 17 murder confessions he obtained.

Despite his achievements and his profile, Kevin is modest, genuine and focused on the public good.

Under Reserve thanks Kevin for time, and his service.

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Under Reserve
Life on the bench, at the bar, and on the beat.
Under Reserve is a show about law and law enforcement. Vancouver lawyer Dan Coles sits down with the individuals who shape and enforce the law domestically and abroad. From judges and lawyers, to police officers, politicians and soldiers - Under Reserve explores the stories behind extraordinary people who took an oath of service and who uphold the rule of law.

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Dan Coles

I am a trial lawyer and partner at mid-sized law firm in downtown Vancouver, B.C.

I am an advocate for freedom of the press and other media. I regularly appear in court as counsel for national and international news organizations. I assist journalists in obtaining access to court exhibits and I oppose publication bans, sealing orders, and in camera court proceedings. I obtain and resist injunctions.