News Releases

Youth For Change & Inclusion Camp Set To Start

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Victoria, BC – Well over 80 middle and high school students will join 17 teachers and 9 police officers at this year’s Youth for Change and Inclusion (YCI). The camp, which takes place at Camp Pringle on the shores of Shawnigan Lake from May 3rd through May 6th will introduce youth from Victoria, Saanich, Vancouver, Ladysmith and Nanaimo to local, national and global issues. This year marks the 14th year that YCI has taken place with well over 1000 youth having attended the camp over the past 13 years.

Victoria Police Athletic Association Host Annual Youth Golf Tournament

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Victoria, BC – Today and tomorrow, the Victoria City Police Athletic Association will host its annual high school golf tournament at Olympic View Golf Course.

Open to high school students throughout British Columbia, the purpose of the tournament is to foster positive relationships between the police and the youth of our community, while supporting youth in achieving excellence in sport. The tournament has been running since 1985 and has hosted an average of over 120 youth golfers over the last several years.

Officers Seek Macaulay School Area Indecent Act Suspect

Friday, April 28, 2017
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Victoria, BC – Patrol Officers are searching for a suspect as they investigate an indecent act that occurred near Macaulay school in Esquimalt late this afternoon.

Officers were called around 3:30 p.m. after a male exposed himself to a child in the area near the school just after the close of the school day. The child was not physically injured, went home and immediately told a parent what had occurred. Officers are commending the child’s actions of seeking safety and telling a trusted adult without delay.

Public Warning Issued After Similar Frauds Lead To Significant Losses

Friday, April 21, 2017

Victoria, BC – Financial Crime Investigators are urging members of the business community to take steps to protect their finances and business practices after receiving reports of a series of similar frauds which have each led to significant losses. These frauds, which appear to target service professionals such as lawyers, accountants and purchasing managers, use “man-in-the-middle” style attacks to undermine otherwise legitimate transactions.

Missing Man Harold Backer Located and Arrested

Friday, April 14, 2017
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Victoria, BC – Harold Backer, the subject of a 2015 missing person release, has been located and is safe.  

The search for 52-year-old Harold Backer began on November 3, 2015 when he failed to return home, after telling his family that he was going for a bicycle ride.  Shortly after his disappearance, Financial crime investigators initiated an investigation into My Financial Backer Corporation and Harold Backer after his investors received concerning letters.  

VicPD Annual Report 2016 Released

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

VicPD’s 2016 Annual Report has been released. The report highlights accomplishments, efficiencies, and ongoing priorities on a division-by-division basis. The report also shares the department’s operational successes and the great work accomplished by our men and women.

“You will find a common theme throughout the pages of this report,” A/Chief Constable Del Manak said. “That common theme is VicPD’s connection with our communities.”

Undercover VicPD Child Pornography Investigation Leads to Edmonton Police Arrest

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Victoria, BC – An investigation by the VicPD ICE (Internet Child Exploitation) investigator has led to the arrest of a civilian employee at the Edmonton Police Service.

Edmonton man Aaron Rothwell, 41, was arrested on April 7, 2017 as the result of a joint investigation by the ICE investigator at ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team) and VicPD’s ICE investigator. Rothwell, a civilian employee with the Edmonton Police Service, is charged with agreement to commit a sexual offence against a child, making child pornography, and distributing child pornography.

UPDATE | Missing Man Located

Monday, April 10, 2017
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Victoria, BC - VicPD Patrol officers are now with Lorne Ekstrom.

Moments ago, Lorne was spotted by a sharp-eyed citizen in the James Bay neighbourhood. Officers are with him. Lorne was the subject of a missing person alert just after 6 p.m. this evening. 

Thank you for your help in locating him safely.

Police Service Dog Endo | 2005 – 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of retired Police Service Dog (PSD) Endo.

PSD Endo was 14 months old when he joined VicPD in 2006 to start his training. He and his partner Cst. Brian Asmussen patrolled together until Endo’s retirement in January of 2014. Like all our police service dogs, Endo and Cst. Asmussen lived and worked together 24 hours a day. This time spent together closely bonds all K9 teams. Endo remained at home with Cst. Asmussen and his family after retirement.