VPD: Virtual Police Department

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VPD: Virtual Police Department
The Vancouver police officers involved in the recruitment on Second Life have their own avatars, or Second Life persona, dressed in a specially designed VPD uniform, badge, belt and radio. They’re also trained in the other-world customs and commands of the virtual society.
The rationale for the sci-fi approach to recruitment is simple, says Insp. Kevin McQuiggin, head of the department’s tech crimes division: If people are on Second Life, they’re likely to be web-savvy, a quality the police department is looking for in new recruits.
Internet and technology-related crimes, from fraud to harassment, are common, McQuiggin says. In fact, he says, almost every major crime involves technology in some way, shape or form.