News Releases

Our History | VicPD Turns 159

Friday, July 7, 2017

Victoria, BC – Today marks the 159th year since VicPD’s founding.


Augustus Pemberton was appointed the first Commissioner of Police for the Crown Colony of Vancouver Island on July 7th, 1858. This appointment officially founded our department. Governor James Douglas authorized Pemberton to hire “a few strong men with good character.” This colonial police force was referred to as the Victoria Metropolitan Police, and was the forerunner of the Victoria Police Department.


WANTED | Micah McClure

Friday, July 7, 2017
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Victoria, BC – VicPD Detectives are asking for your help as they seek to locate a man wanted on warrants after allegedly assaulting a woman.

Micah McClure described as a 38-year-old Caucasian male, with a medium build, weighing about 160 lbs. He is clean shaven, with a shaved head and blue eyes. A photograph of McClure is below.

Statement on the passing of RCMP Constable and former VicPD Reserve Constable and Volunteer Austin MacDougall

Friday, July 7, 2017

It’s with a heavy heart that we learned of the death of RCMP Cst. Austin MacDougall, who served with us as a VicPD Volunteer and Reserve Constable. Austin was killed in Edson, Alberta, while cycling off-duty.

Austin served in our Volunteer Program from 2011 to 2012, and as a Reserve Constable from 2012 to 2015. By all accounts, he served the Town of Edson with the same dedication and enthusiasm that he brought to his work here with us.

Officers Investigating After Attempted Child Luring

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
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Victoria, BC – Officers are investigating after an attempted child luring.


Officers were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday after a 12-year-old reported that she and her friend were approached by a man who tried to get her to go to a secluded part of the Cecelia Ravine Park.  The girls ran away to seek assistance from a parent. The girl was physically uninjured.


UPDATE | Two In Custody After Armed Robbery Of Marijuana Storefront

Saturday, July 1, 2017
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Victoria, BC – Two men are now in custody as VicPD Detectives continue our investigation into an armed robbery of a marijuana storefront that occurred in the 3100-block of Harriet Street on Tuesday night.

VicPD officers were called to the marijuana storefront for a report of a robbery with a firearm at approximately 7:30 p.m. A stolen grey BMW 335i associated with the robbery was recovered on Wednesday and man arrested.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

VicPD to Use Temporary Cameras on Canada Day

Thursday, June 29, 2017

While no specific threat has been identified for the Canada 150 celebrations in Victoria, the national threat level remains at “Medium”.  Therefore you may notice an increase in VicPD officers in the downtown core over the next couple of days as well as additional security measures, including more visibly armed officers. The additional measures will help us maintain safety for everyone, and we are looking forward to this family-friendly event.

Officers Searching for Suspect in Pepper Spraying

Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Victoria, BC – Officers are searching for a suspect after a random man was pepper sprayed outside of the Bay Center this morning.


VicPD officers were called at 9:45 a.m. after the report of an assault with a weapon. Officers quickly attended the area and learned that a man chased a couple into the Bay Center. While chasing that couple, the suspect then pepper spray another random bystander. The pepper spray then began affecting people nearby.