News Releases

Public Warning Issued After Similar Frauds Lead To Significant Losses

Friday, April 21, 2017

Victoria, BC – Financial Crime Investigators are urging members of the business community to take steps to protect their finances and business practices after receiving reports of a series of similar frauds which have each led to significant losses. These frauds, which appear to target service professionals such as lawyers, accountants and purchasing managers, use “man-in-the-middle” style attacks to undermine otherwise legitimate transactions.

Missing Man Harold Backer Located and Arrested

Friday, April 14, 2017
File #: 
15-50946

Victoria, BC – Harold Backer, the subject of a 2015 missing person release, has been located and is safe.  

The search for 52-year-old Harold Backer began on November 3, 2015 when he failed to return home, after telling his family that he was going for a bicycle ride.  Shortly after his disappearance, Financial crime investigators initiated an investigation into My Financial Backer Corporation and Harold Backer after his investors received concerning letters.  

VicPD Annual Report 2016 Released

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

VicPD’s 2016 Annual Report has been released. The report highlights accomplishments, efficiencies, and ongoing priorities on a division-by-division basis. The report also shares the department’s operational successes and the great work accomplished by our men and women.

“You will find a common theme throughout the pages of this report,” A/Chief Constable Del Manak said. “That common theme is VicPD’s connection with our communities.”

Undercover VicPD Child Pornography Investigation Leads to Edmonton Police Arrest

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Victoria, BC – An investigation by the VicPD ICE (Internet Child Exploitation) investigator has led to the arrest of a civilian employee at the Edmonton Police Service.

Edmonton man Aaron Rothwell, 41, was arrested on April 7, 2017 as the result of a joint investigation by the ICE investigator at ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team) and VicPD’s ICE investigator. Rothwell, a civilian employee with the Edmonton Police Service, is charged with agreement to commit a sexual offence against a child, making child pornography, and distributing child pornography.

UPDATE | Missing Woman Amanda Meadus Located

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
File #: 
17-13267

Victoria, BC - VicPD Missing Person investigators are thanking members of the public, the media and law enforcement partners for their help in locating missing woman Amanda Meadus. Investigators were able to confirm that Amanda is safe late yesterday.

Investigators are thankful for the help of Blaine Police, Bellingham Police, the Washington State Patrol, the Seattle Police Department, members of the media, the public and all those who shared Amanda’s information. It is your help that enabled us to locate Amanda safely.

 

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UPDATE | Missing Man Located

Monday, April 10, 2017
File #: 
17-13847

Victoria, BC - VicPD Patrol officers are now with Lorne Ekstrom.

Moments ago, Lorne was spotted by a sharp-eyed citizen in the James Bay neighbourhood. Officers are with him. Lorne was the subject of a missing person alert just after 6 p.m. this evening. 

Thank you for your help in locating him safely.

Police Service Dog Endo | 2005 – 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of retired Police Service Dog (PSD) Endo.

PSD Endo was 14 months old when he joined VicPD in 2006 to start his training. He and his partner Cst. Brian Asmussen patrolled together until Endo’s retirement in January of 2014. Like all our police service dogs, Endo and Cst. Asmussen lived and worked together 24 hours a day. This time spent together closely bonds all K9 teams. Endo remained at home with Cst. Asmussen and his family after retirement.

Axe-wielding Man Arrested

Monday, April 3, 2017
File #: 
17-12466

Victoria, BC – A 28-year-old Victoria man was taken into custody on Saturday, April 1st after he was stopped wielding an axe.

Officers were called to the 3000-block of Scott Street just before 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning by an area resident who was concerned by a man walking down the street carrying an axe. When the resident spoke with the man with the axe, the man indicated that he planned to head to a nearby shopping centre and seek a confrontation with police officers.

Update: Search Warrant Executed At Local Marijuana Storefront

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
File #: 
17-1307

Victoria, BC – Omar Manji, a 23-year-old Victoria man, is facing two charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.  On January 25th, over 300 exhibits were seized including over 42 kilograms of marijuana, $5,600 in cash, bear spray, and a replica firearm.  

 

The investigation into the unlicensed marijuana storefront continues and investigators have confirmed through Health Canada that the marijuana storefront was not licensed to sell marijuana.

 

800 - Block of Johnson Calls for Service

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

As a result of continued public interest in calls for police service in and around the area of 844 Johnson Street, this report provides information on calls for police service by police reporting period in the two blocks surrounding 844 Johnson Street. 

This report relates to calls for service for the area within Blanshard Street, Pandora Avenue, Quadra Street, and Yates Street as depicted below. 

While this data reflects calls for service in the noted area, it does not necessarily mean that all of the calls are related to the 844 Johnson Street location. 

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