Know Your Enemy: Vancouver Police Detective Bert Rainey

Originally posted on Warrior Publications on August 12

On June 3, 2014, a house was raided in East Vancouver under the pretext of an investigation into anti-pipelines graffiti.  On June 12, the Vancouver police returned with a DNA warrant for one of the members of the household.  As Warrior Publications reported at the time, the primary cop investigator for this case appears to be Detective Constable Bert Rainey (No. 1423).  Rainey also appears to be one of the main “political cops” for the Vancouver Police Department (VPD).

Vancouver cop Detective Constable Bert Rainey (No. 1423) with one of the cell phones stolen during the June 3, 2014, raid in East Vancouver.

Bert Rainey joined the Vancouver Police Department in 1988. In 1997-98, Rainey was identified as being a member of the VPD Bicycle Squad, as both trainer and coordinator. He participated in police crowd control operations against anti-APEC protests in 1997 as a member of the bicycle squad. In 2002, Rainey was identified as an Acting Sergeant in regards to a fraud investigation.

In February 2013, Rainey is identified as a Detective Constable during another fraud investigation. In this case, he and another cop had gone to arrest Gerald Berke. During the arrest, Berke was asked if he wanted a pair of pants before he was taken to jail for processing. Rainey grabbed the pants Berke identified and searched them, finding credit cards and three USB flash drives, which were seized as evidence. Rainey later viewed the information on the USBs, and this resulted in an “exclusion of evidence” when the defendant challenged the legality of the search and accessing of his USBs.

Vancouver cop Detective Constable Bert Rainey (No. 1423) with one of the cell phones stolen during the June 3, 2014, raid in East Vancouver. Continue reading