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 happened to Crime Reports?

Response: 

In March of 2011, VicPD launched CrimeReports which allowed citizens to access crime data in a timely manner. At the time, VicPD was the first agency in BC and one of only six in Canada to make this tool available to the public creating a transparent way of seeing crime that is occurring in your neighbourhood.

Since then, CrimeReports has been accessed by over 14,000 people (in 2015 alone) in our community for a variety of reasons.

Recently, due to the vast number of requests for stats, VicPD has directed media outlets, educational institutions and the public to CrimeReports.  VicPD has also talked about CrimeReports on social media, encouraging people to go and view crime data for themselves. With this increased focus, we noticed that if the classification of a call is changed after 30 days, it was not updating on the Crime reports map.  We have identified a couple of other issues and are currently working on these technical issues with the developer.

For clarity, VicPD has not taken the data or reports down and they are still available on the CrimeReports website. We removed the link from our website when we became aware with inconsistencies with the data. VicPD is working with the vendor and the IT section and will add the link back on the VicPD website when we are more confident with the information in the accuracy and consistency of data.

We also are currently looking at adding more categories to reflect accurately the calls we attend to.  

Can VicPD Officers work past 60 years old?

Response: 

For the Victoria Police Department, retirement age for police officers is something that is subject to the collective agreement. As with all collective agreement matters, the content is subject to negotiation between the Department and the Victoria Police Union. Specific personal details are considered confidential, as they most often involve personal employment information.

Generally speaking, in Victoria the retirement age for police officers who are part of the collective bargaining unit is 60, but for the reasons noted above, the Department and the Police Union may agree on exceptions from time to time. There are many factors that are considered during these types of discussions. At present, the Department has one officer over the age of 60.

As collective bargaining issues are a matter between the specific employer and bargaining unit, the Victoria Police Department is not in a position to comment on the practices of any other police department.

What are current Cycling Related fines?

Response: 

Cycle without required lights: MVA 183(b) $109.00

Cycle without required helmet: MVA 184(1) $29.00

Cycle on sidewalk: MVA 183(2)(a) $109.00

Cycle in Crosswalk: MVA 183(2)(b) $109.00

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