Daily Archives: December 21, 2011


Eastside Stories: Diary of a Vancouver Beat Cop – A (very) thin blue line

I could hear my heart thumping in my inner ear, like it was about to explode. My palms were slick with sweat. Perspiration had dripped from my forehead into my eyes, making me partially blind. It was almost as bad as that time I accidentally pepper-sprayed myelf. I struggled to focus, adjusting my grip and locking my fingers under foot to control the left leg, which was contorted and kicking toward the back of my head. I looked around for some guidance, but found none. It was clear nobody was coming Code Three to bail me out of this one. I could see Constable Tyler Urquhart, my good friend and former partner, out of my blurry left eye. He was in rough shape. To my left was Sergeant Mark Steinkampf, doubled over and panting, with both hands on his knees. In front of me, the Great Toby Hinton —  judo master — looked like he was about to lose his lunch. Here were two of the toughest street cops I know, reduced to trembling legs and pools of sweat. In one last effort, I adjusted my grip and regained my balance.  I leaned forward and kicked my right leg back while stretching my left […]