Episode 9

Episode 8: RCMP Inspector Kevin Cyr

Published on: 14th April, 2022

Inspector Kevin Cyr is the OIC of British Columbia's Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team. He holds a bachelor of science from STFX University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Ontario.

In this episode Kevin rolls up his sleeves and walks me through what a search warrant is, how they are obtained, and ERT's approach to executing them. Later we pivot to ERT fitness standards, improving female membership in the emergency response team program, and the social isolation some police officers face.

Kevin speaks from a position of experience, education, and serious passion for policing and the work ERT performs.

Show Notes

  • 6:20 - first posting
  • 12:45 - Major Crimes in Surrey (2010)
  • 15:10 - Masters of Law Osgoode Hall
  • 18:27 - how police articulate evidence 
  • 27:59 – what is a search warrant? 
  • 33:52 - executing search warrants 
  • 39:54 - no-knock entries 
  • 43:43 - Seb Lavoie (friend of the show)
  • 47:50 - origins of the SWAT team program 
  • 50:30 - manner of executing a search warrant the prerogative of police
  • 55:06 - VPD recruitment video controversy
  • 1:02 – how many women in ERT?
  • 1:08:58 - ERT fitness and selection: it doesn’t matter how you get over the wall, just get over it. Try your hardest and don’t quit
  • 1:13:05 – social isolation of police
  • 1:18:20 Echelon Front/Extreme Ownership
  • 1:21 – Kevin on the witness stand

Under Reserve thanks Kevin for his 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.