News Releases

LOCATED! Missing 12-year-old found safe

Date:   Dec 19, 2014

**UPDATE**

Moments ago, the missing 12-year-old girl whom we asked for your help in locating, was found safe. Our Patrol officers are with her now and will be soon reuniting her with her family.

Thank you to both members of the media and all of those who shared her information and helped us locate her in a timely manner. Every member of our community who decided to get involved helped on this file.

Thank you!

‘Tis the Season for Scammers

Date:   Dec 18, 2014

Victoria BC – The holiday season often brings out the best in people, and here at VicPD we’ve seen that in spades. This was no more evident than seeing a fantastic 10-year-old dropping off gifts for the needy and our own officers and professional support staff fundraising for Santa’s Anonymous and the Burnside Gorge Community Centre. Unfortunately, the season of giving is often the season of taking for those that would prey on goodwill.

Victoria Police Athletic Association Awards Scholarships

Date:   Dec 17, 2014

Victoria BC – Today, the Victoria City Police Athletic Association (VCPAA) and VicPD Chief Frank Elsner awarded their educational scholarships to deserving recipients.

The VCPAA scholarships are given to students who demonstrate academic achievement and both school and community involvement.  The scholarship is for a student who shows an overall commitment to team sports and helping within the school and their community. The scholarship goes to graduating students and encourages them to pursue further education.

Christmas Gift Drop-Off a Success

Date:   Dec 17, 2014

Victoria BC – Yesterday afternoon, a 10-year-old named Kian came to VicPD, dropping off gifts for those in need to VicPD staff and representatives from Rock Bay Landing shelter.

Kian wanted to do something special for those in need, and crafted ten gift bags filled with gloves, socks, toiletries and goodies destined for those on the street. VicPD staff, including Deputy Chief Del Manak, were on hand to help get the gifts to those in need.

VicPD Ushers In the Holiday Season

Date:   Dec 15, 2014

Victoria BC – While VicPD members often spend their days catching the proverbial “Grinches who would steal Christmas,” this past week officers have been busy ushering in the holiday season in a most remarkable way.

Members of VicPD’s Focused Enforcement Team, Crime Reduction Unit and Strike Force sections took the spirit of the season to heart and, with the assistance of the Burnside Gorge Community Association, were able to sponsor a deserving family for Christmas.

A ‘Change’ of Pace for Parking Meter Thieves Caught by VicPD

Date:   Dec 10, 2014

Victoria BC – A well-known property thief and his accomplice, both recently arrested for destroying and stealing parking meters, are behind bars thanks to VicPD’s Crime Reduction Unit.

VicPD’s Crime Reduction Unit started an investigation into stolen parking meters in early November when information came to light that the suspects may have been responsible for parking meter theft through Victoria and in communities throughout the island.

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps Officially Sworn in as Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board Co-Chair

Date:   Dec 9, 2014

*Updated*

Victoria BC – Last night, Chief Constable Frank Elsner officially swore in Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board co-chair, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.

Mayor Helps was sworn in during the public portion of the Police Board meeting at VicPD headquarters.

Mayor Helps was elected Mayor of Victoria on November 15th and assumes the role of co-chair of the Victoria and Esquimalt Police board, along with Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins, as part of her duties as mayor.

VicPD Investigating after Four Injured in Bar Incident

Victoria BC – VicPD officers are investigating after four people suffered non-life threatening injuries at an incident in a local bar.

Officers were called to a bar in the 500-block of Yates Street at approximately 12:30 a.m. for a report of an assault. Upon arrival, officers found four people who had suffered cuts after being involved in an altercation on the dance floor.

Although there were numerous people in the bar, no witnesses were able to identify the suspect.

All the injured people received medical attention for their injuries.

Fleet-Footed Criminal Arrested by VicPD

Victoria BC – A fleet-footed criminal, wanted for outstanding warrants and prohibited driving, was arrested after a short foot pursuit with VicPD officers on Saturday morning.

At approximately 3 a.m. on Saturday, a VicPD K9 officer was patrolling the Rock Bay neighbourhood when he noticed a vehicle driving around the block repeatedly. The officer followed the vehicle and called for backup as he planned to investigate.

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