Odds and Ends


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


Press Release

For Immediate Release A PRESENTATION EVENING WITH ODD SQUAD PRODUCTIONS SOCIETY AND JOHN VOLKEN ACADEMY Drug Education, Current Trends, & Protecting Kids   VANCOUVER, BC –  Friday, July 8, 2016 – Odd Squad Productions Society will host an evening presentation open to community leaders as well as the general public to discuss current drug trends and public health issues affecting Vancouver. The presentation will aim to inform and educate community members on how to encourage positive decision making in today’s youth. WHEN:   Monday July 11th, 2016 5:30 PM: Pre-presentation exclusively for government officials, members of the health community, law enforcement, corporate sponsors and media. 6:30 PM: General public presentation followed by questions. WHERE:   The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver Odd Squad Productions Society is a registered charitable organization comprised of serving police officers, retired police officers, and volunteers.  For almost 20 years, Odd Squad Productions Society has been recognized as a leader in the field of drug and gang education for youth. Odd Squad ascribes to the notion that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ and that drug prevention programs are a more cost-effective and healthier investment for youth than treatment. This presentation provides an […]


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 make it positive” was how founding member and new Executive Director, Tobin Hinton, described the beginning. Operating as a charitable entity, the group does not receive any funding or financial support from the Vancouver Police Department and the contributors are made up of police officers, retired officers, and volunteers. This year’s annual Christmas fundraiser was held at Central City on Beatty Street and it was packed. 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 make it positive” was how founding member and new Executive Director, Tobin Hinton, described the beginning. Operating as a charitable entity, the group does not receive any […]


The Odd Christmas Party Wrap

❆ The Odd Christmas Party Wrap ❆ Thanks for being there! ? Squad and XMAS party volunteers Donate Now View Event Photos We sincerely thank those who were able to join us on December 1 for the Odd XMAS Party. 200 guests enjoyed a magical night with friends, old and new, who assisted in raising $25,000 towards this year’s efforts with presentations. Odd Squad members intend to reach 20,000 kids by the end of June 2016 with their drug and gang presentations. It’s not too late to donate and your contribution goes a long way. Odd Squad members have been delivering valuable educational presentations to youth for 18 years. In order to keep the information current and timely for the kids, presentations and equipment needs to be upgraded and overhauled on a continual basis. It’s not too late to assist us with these costs.  For your donation, Odd Squad will provide the list of schools, interest groups and youth programs they present to by June 2016. You will also receive a charitable receipt for donations.