VioDy 2017 Instructors: Toby Hinton

Welcome to our Violence Dynamics Vancouver profile series, where you’ll get to know our instructors and event organizers in the leadup to VioDy Vancouver 2017! It’s time to meet Sergeant Toby Hinton of the Vancouver Police Department, Odd Squad, and the SFU Police Judo program.

Toby Hinton, Local Use of Force instructor and VPD Force Options Training Unit Member

Sgt. Toby Hinton leads the Force Options Training Unit of the Vancouver Police Department. He has served on the Vancouver police force for 28 years, and was a runner-up for 2011’s International Association of Chiefs of Police “Police Officer of the Year” award for his work in the Downtown Eastside and his educational and advocacy projects. Sgt. Hinton is a lifelong student of Judo, and co-founded the Simon Fraser University Police Judo program, which adapts the standing and ground grappling techniques of traditional Judo to the unique context of law enforcement control tactics. He is a director and producer with Odd Squad Productions, a non-profit organization that uses film and peer-to-peer work to guide youth away from drug use, gang activity, and other high-risk behaviours.

Sgt. Hinton brings years of field experience with formidable martial arts skill and an eye for unorthodox solutions to physical problems to his work with the VPD. His team provides some of the most effective and advanced tactical and use of force training in North America, and he works constantly to give his officers the best tools possible for keeping themselves and the public safe. He also regularly extends the reach of Odd Squad and the Police Judo program to bring badly-needed education and martial arts instruction to low-income communities and marginalized people. He has been recognized for his work with both the Governor General’s Police Exemplary Service Medal (2009) and the Meritorious Service Medal (2016).

He will be teaching the following courses at Violence Dynamics Vancouver:

  • Police Judo (Saturday, 3:00-4:30)
  • Drug Addiction Prevention (Sunday, 1:30-2:30)

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