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Key findings of the independent review of the 2011 Stanley Cup riots

Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu in Vancouver June 16, 2011 after Vancouver Canucks lost to Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup final.

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-The 155,000-person crowd was significantly larger and arrived earlier than civic and police personnel expected; security efforts were overwhelmed

-Vancouver police and its regional partners were hampered by compatibility issues with equipment, training and tactics

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-The number of police officers on duty began at 446 and reached 928 at full deployment


-The RCMP tactical troop and VPD public order unit should train together and develop common tactics they can use as a unit during joint operations

-The attorney-general should establish a process for dealing with the prosecution of people accused of a riot-related criminal act

-The City of Vancouver should form its own major event planning team

-The Vancouver Canucks should embark on a program to encourage responsible fan celebrations

-TransLink should lead a process for the development of best practices for alcoholic beverage interdiction

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