There has been some misinformation regarding our request for two additional officers. We are not looking to start our own mental health team of police officers but rather add two additional officers to the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams. There are currently 4 teams that service 320 people and there is only 1 police officer assigned. We are looking to add two more to add the effectiveness of the teams.
Victoria, BC – This morning, A/Chief Manak presented VicPD’s Mental Health Strategy (http://vicpd.ca/mental-health-strategy) to Victoria City Council.
“This strategy demonstrates the Victoria Police Department’s recognition of the impact of mental health on the lives of all citizens in our communities, and on our own employees,” A/Chief Del Manak said. “The strategy clearly lays out how we intend to take a proactive person-centred approach to addressing mental illness in our communities.”
No charges have been sworn at the close of a lengthy investigation into a fatal collision involving a transport truck and a 73-year-old cyclist in March of last year.
Two men have been arrested after patrol officers were investigating after a brazen thief stole a collection jar in the 900-block of Yates Street on December 30th.
VicPD Staff Sgt. Conor King contributed an op-ed to the Times Colonist on December 28th, as he reflected on a year spent fighting fentanyl. We've posted it here, in case you missed it. Thank you again to the TimesColonist for granting us the space to share one officer's viewpoint from within the crisis.
Update: Missing person, Vincent Hislop has been located and is safe. Thank you for your assistance.
Updated : Robert Hamilton has been Located and is Safe
VicPD will be deploying temporary cameras on New Year's Eve in specific downtown Victoria locations to support our operations to ensure public safety during this family-friendly event.
The cameras will only be in operation during the expected time periods where there is a likelihood there will be large crowds. The cameras will be used for both the safety of the public and the safety of our officers. The cameras will be in operation from 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 1 a.m. on January 1st.
Victoria, BC – Missing woman, Riga Nason, has been located and is safe. Thank you for your assistance.
Officers are asking for your help in locating missing woman Riga Nason, who is known to use other names.
On December 27th, at approximately 6:40 p.m. VicPD patrol officers attended the 1000 – block of Gillespie Place after the report of a serious motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles.