News Releases

We Remember | Fallen VicPD Officer Robert Forster

Friday, November 10, 2017

Victoria, BC – As the police family in B.C. remembers and honours the recent tragic loss of Cst. John Davidson of Abbotsford Police, we at VicPD are also taking this time to remember the loss of one of our own; Cst. Robert Forster.

Cst. Robert Forster joined the Victoria Police in 1911. Robert and his brother George came to Victoria from Ireland in 1910.

Arrest Made in Victoria Arson

Friday, November 10, 2017
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In the early morning hours of November 8th, patrol officers attended to a report of a fire in the 700-block of Queens Avenue.  With assistance from the Victoria Fire Department, the blaze was quickly extinguished, limiting damage.  The cause of the fire was suspicious in nature.  Patrol officers and members of the Major Crime Unit conducted an investigation, which resulted in a suspect being identified.  The suspect was located and arrested on November 9th, and following a tele-bail hearing, Michael Willman remains in custody.  The investigation continues.


Temporary Cameras To Be Deployed For Remembrance Day Operations

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Victoria, BC – As with previous events, we will be deploying temporary cameras in support of our operations to ensure public safety during this year’s Remembrance Day ceremonies.

While there is no information indicating a known threat to these ceremonies, members of our armed forces have been the targets of attacks during official duties on Canadian soil in the recent past. The deployment of these cameras as part of our operations to help keep all of those who gather to remember the sacrifices of those who have served our nation safe.

Suspect Arrested In Robbery That Led To Esquimalt High School Lockdown

Thursday, November 9, 2017
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Victoria, BC - A suspect has been arrested after a robbery in Esquimalt earlier this week.

On Monday, November 6th, 2017 shortly before noon, VicPD officers responded to Esquimalt High School for the report of a robbery with a knife. Due to the robbery occurring within a close proximity of the school, the school was placed in “lock down.”

Officers searched the school and confirmed that the suspect was not on the school grounds. Investigators have been working all week to identify and locate the suspect.

Officers Investigating After Three Incidents in James Bay

Thursday, November 9, 2017
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Officers are searching for a suspect responsible for three calls for service last night.


Officers attended the 200-block of Michigan Street last night for the report of a suspicious person. The complainant reported that a man was banging on a window of a residence.  Officers attended the area and, while speaking with that complainant, got the report of a man with a similar description trying car doors in a parking lot at Simcoe and Menzies Street.


Officers Investigating After Assault with a Weapon

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Victoria, BC- Officers are investigating after the report of an assault with a weapon last night.

Officers attended the parkade in the 700-block of Johnson Street shortly after 8:30 p.m. for the report of an assault in progress. Upon arrival, police located a security guard suffering non-life threatening injuries.

According to the victim,  the suspect was smoking something and an altercation occurred.  The victim was assaulted by what he believed to be bear spray and the suspect fled on foot.

BC Ambulance attended and the victim was treated at the scene.

ALERT | James Bay Parents & Caregivers Urged To Check Children’s Halloween Candy After Package of Marihuana Gummies Handed Out

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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Victoria, BC – Officers are urging parents to check their children’s Halloween candy after parents called police to report that their child had been given a package of marihuana gummies while trick-or-treating.