Privacy Statement

The Victoria Police Department is committed to providing a website that respects your privacy. This statement summarizes the privacy policy and practices on the vicpd.ca website and all associated systems, processes and applications under the direct control of The Victoria Police Department. The Victoria Police Department is subject to British Columbia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPPA) Act.

Privacy overview

The Victoria Police Department does not automatically gather any personal information from you. This information is only obtained if you supply it voluntarily through contacting us via email or through our online crime reporting forms.

When you visit vicpd.ca, the Victoria Police Department’s web server automatically collects a limited amount of standard information essential to the operation and evaluation of VicPD’s website. This information includes:

  • the page from which you arrived,
  • the date and time of your page request,
  • the Internet Protocol (IP) address your computer is using to receive information,
  • the type and version of your browser, and
  • the name and size of the file you requested.

This information is not used to identify individuals who come to vicpd.ca. This information is only used to help VicPD assess its information services and is collected in compliance with Section 26 (c) of British Columbia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPPA) Act.

Cookies

Cookies are temporary files that may be placed on your hard drive while you visit a website. Cookies are used to track how visitors use vicpd.ca, but the Victoria Police Department does not store personal information through cookies, nor does VicPD collect personal information from you without your knowledge as you browse this website. Any cookies on vicpd.ca are used to aid in the collection of anonymous statistical information such as:

  • browser type
  • screen size,
  • traffic patterns,
  • pages visited.

This information helps the Victoria Police Department improve both Vicpd.ca and its service to citizens. It is not disclosed to any third parties. However, if you are concerned about cookies, you can adjust your web browser to reject all cookies.

Security and IP addresses

Your computer uses a unique IP address when browsing the Internet. The Victoria Police Department may collect IP addresses to monitor any security breaches on vicpd.ca and other online services. No attempt is made to identify users or their usage patterns unless unauthorized use of the vicpd.ca website is detected or is required for a law enforcement investigation. IP addresses are stored for a term that complies with the Victoria Police Department’s existing auditing requirements.

Privacy and External Links 

Vicpd.ca contains links to external sites that are not associated with the Victoria Police Department. The Victoria Police Department is not responsible for the content and the privacy practices of these other websites and the Victoria Police Department encourages you to examine each site’s privacy policy and disclaimers before providing any personal information.

More Information

To request more information, please contact VicPD’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Office at (250) 995-7654.

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