Community Questions

About Community Questions

VicPD regularly receives questions from the public and media via www.vicpd.ca, email, phone calls, and social media.  In an effort to keep our citizens informed of how VicPD is serving our communities, this page is dedicated to sharing these questions (and our answers).  If you have a question for us, please touch base via https://vicpd.ca/contact-us

Community Questions

What is VicPD doing about issues in the 800-block of Pandora Ave?

Response: 

VicPD has been working with the businesses in the 800-block of Pandora Ave over the past few weeks to come up with solutions regarding ongoing loitering and open drug dealing. Three videos were also posted online highlighting the issues that are affecting the area and were brought to the attention of our Community Services Section by one of our Reserve Constables.

A Community Resource Officer, using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Designs (CPTED) principles, assisted business in the area with ways to these address these problems.  We are aware that fencing is going up,  and we believe this will create some displacement. We will continue to work with the neighbouring businesses in the area to address these problems.

Members of the Community Services Division and Patrol division have made this area a priority and enforcement targeting the drug traffickers in the area has been occurring all week.  

Our investigation is ongoing into the people in the videos.  We always encourage people to report directly to our department with concerns or complaints regarding criminal activity by calling our non-emergency number at 250-995-7654.

Want more information about:

 

Community Resource Officers: http://vicpd.ca/community-resource-officers

 

Crime Prevention Through Environment Design: http://vicpd.ca/CPTED

 

When to Call 911: http://vicpd.ca/use-of-911

What’s the latest in the Harold Backer file(15-50946)?

Category: 
Harold Backer
Response: 

November 6th marks the one-year mark in our investigation into Harold Backer’s disappearance and we’ve had many questions about this file this week. We’ve also fielded media inquiries about fraud allegations and whether a fraud investigation is taking place but we cannot comment on these allegations at this time.  Our missing person investigation remains open and active and we ask anyone who has information on Mr. Backer’s disappearance but has not yet spoken to police to call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654 or Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

What is VicPD doing about marijuana storefronts?

Category: 
Marijuana Storefronts
Response: 

The City of Victoria and VicPD continue to work together to ensure that the health and safety of all our community are protected. None of the marijuana shops in Victoria are legal.  Officers and city staff have been in contact with all of the dispensaries, letting them know that continuing to sell in our community opens them up to enforcement action.  We will continue to be responsive to the public interest by prioritizing any enforcement action based on sales to or consumption by youth, violence, the presence of weapons, and any indication of organized crime activity. 

What is VicPD doing to support the Royal Family visit?

Category: 
Royal Visit
Response: 

VicPD will be assisting the RCMP as part of its overall security plan for the upcoming Royal Family visit.  In the interests of security, we will not be providing details of VicPD’s contributions to the security plan.  As the RCMP is the agency responsible for security for the visit, they would be best positioned to answer any questions about policing for the visit.

How much will this cost?

Category: 
Royal Visit
Response: 

The RCMP is the agency responsible for security for the visit.  They are best positioned to answer any questions about policing for the visit.

Will Victoria and Esquimalt traffic be affected during the Royal Family’s visit?

Category: 
Royal Visit
Response: 

Yes. We greatly appreciate your patience during these events. Best efforts are being made to keep these disruptions to a minimum.

We will do our best to communicate road closures and traffic impacts in a timely manner during the visit. From time to time, traffic will be delayed.  The best way to keep up-to-date on traffic closures is to follow us on Twitter at @vicpdcanada. We will share all road closures regarding the Royal Family’s visit as we are able using the #yyjtraffic hashtag.

What is a call for service?

Response: 

Emergency 911 calls, non-emergency incidents, and officer initiated calls that are entered into the Prime BC computer aided dispatch system (CAD) system that generates a police file number are considered a call for service.

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