Victoria, BC – Today marks a sombre time in VicPD’s history as we mark the 30th anniversary of Cst. Ian Jordan’s collision.
On September 22nd, 1987, Cst. Jordan was responding to a business alarm and collided with another responding unit at the intersection of Douglas and Fisgard streets. On that night, Cst. Jordan was at headquarters (then located on Fisgard Street) as he was supposed to be on his way home. As the call came in, Cst. Jordan responded to it instead of heading home, which showed his commitment to his job and his dedication to his community. The other responding officer, retired Sgt. Ole Jorgensen, suffered a serious injury in the collision.
“I am very grateful for the loving care Ian continues to receive on a daily basis,” said Hilary Jordan, Cst Jordan’s wife. “I continue to visit him daily and he gets frequent visits from officers of VicPD. I appreciate the support from Chief Del Manak, former Chief Jamie Graham, Sgt. Jonathan Sheldan and other members of the police department.”
Cst. Jordan was 35 years old at the time of the incident. This collision resulted in a change of procedure in both the traffic light control along Douglas Street as well as the formation of VicPD’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team. This team is now an essential component of how we assist members and staff after traumatic incidents of all kinds.
“I regularly visit Ian at the hospital and recently had his room updated with a new VicPD plaque,” VicPD Chief Constable Del Manak said. “He is a constant reminder to me of the sacrifices our officers make to keep the citizens of Victoria and Esquimalt safe.”
Today, our thoughts are with Cst. Jordan, retired Sgt. Ole Jorgensen, and their families.