News Releases

Light up the Island and CRD CounterAttack Starts Tonight

Victoria BC – Tonight, VicPD, Saanich PD and the Capital Regional District Road Safety Unit launch ‘Light up the Island’, an impaired driving enforcement campaign from the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee, aimed at targeting impaired and distracted drivers across Vancouver Island.

The ‘Light up the Island’ campaign includes all police agencies on Vancouver Island with check stops throughout.

VicPD Looking for Witnesses in Summertime Bar Assault that Left One with Injuries

Victoria BC – VicPD officers, who are investigating an assault that happened at a bar earlier this year, are hoping that a renewed call for witnesses will help solve the case.

Officers were called to Bastion Square at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 after a 33-year-old Langford man was struck in the face with an object, causing significant injury to the side of his face.

Historic Charge Books Returning to VicPD with a Techno Twist thanks to the Victoria Genealogical Society and UVic Libraries

Victoria BC – “Book ‘em!” It’s a phrase commonly used in police TV dramas and refers to the handwritten charge books used on the front lines of law enforcement. Now, historic VicPD charge books are being returned to VicPD after being preserved electronically by volunteers of the Victoria Genealogical Society and the UVic Libraries’ Digitization Unit.

These historic charge books from the 19th century are part of Victoria’s rich history and document chargeable offenses within our borders, including these colourful examples:

Analysis and Intelligence Section Nabs Bank Robber

File #     14-51763

Date:     Friday, November 21st, 2014

Victoria BC – VicPD’s Analysis and Intelligence Section (AIS) is being credited for identifying and, in an unusual turn of events, apprehending a bank robber.

Officers were called to a bank in the 700-block of Yates Street at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 17th for a report of a robbery.

Staff stated a man had come into the bank and demanded cash, claiming he had a gun. Staff gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash and he fled.

Wanted Suspect Runs, but Neighbours and Police Dog Track Him Down

Victoria BC – A wanted man is behind bars after neighbours and a VicPD K9 team tracked and arrested him after fleeing  from police who attempted to pull him over on Wednesday night.

A VicPD K9 officer was driving in the area of Catherine Street when he noticed an older-model black Chevrolet Cavalier speeding in the area. The officer attempted to pull the car over, but the driver refused to stop.

Civic Service Award for Man who Stopped Combative Thief

Victoria BC – Last night we recognized Ernie Caissie for assisting an off-duty VicPD sergeant with apprehending a combative thief.

On September 15th, an off-duty VicPD sergeant was at Mayfair Shopping Centre when he heard a male shouting, “Stop, thief!” and “He robbed me!”

The sergeant gave chase and called out for help from passersby.

Suddenly, Mr. Caissie appeared out of nowhere and was able to push the suspect off-balance, causing him to fall and scatter his ill-gotten gains over the floor.

Today We Welcomed our Two Newest Constables

Victoria BC – This morning, VicPD Chief Constable Frank Elsner swore in the two newest members of VicPD.

Aaron Mitic and Jillian Shields were officially sworn in by Chief Elsner in a ceremony at VicPD Headquarters.  They were welcomed by friends, family, colleagues and a representative from the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board.

 “Times like these are what I cherish as a Chief,” said Chief Elsner. “Welcoming two such dedicated people into our family, to proudly serve Victoria and Esquimalt, is truly an honour.”

Chief Elsner's Statement on the Nov 1st, Officer Involved Shooting

The following statement was issued by Chief Elsner during a press conference at 3 p.m. today.

Good Afternoon.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. this morning a number of our officers responded to a 911-call from a residence in the 200-block of Dallas Road.

Once on scene they were confronted by a man who was shot by our officers and as a result, succumbed to his injuries.

At this time, members of the Independent Investigations Office are en route to Victoria to take over the investigation.

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