Victoria, BC – Officers with VicPD’s Community Services Division (CSD) seized a loaded firearm and ammunition on Tuesday evening.
Just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30th, CSD officers, with the assistance of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT), executed a search warrant at a suite in a multi-unit temporary housing facility in the 3000-block of Blanshard Street. CSD officers located a loaded AR-15 style firearm and several hundred rounds of ammunition.
Photographs of the seized weapon and ammunition are below.
This investigation and weapon seizure is one example of the efforts by CSD officers to combat increases in both violent crime and property crime in in the Burnside Gorge area. Since mid-March CSD officers have been focused on “Project Burnside Gorge Connect”, an initiative aimed at increasing police visibility and engagement in the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood. The project includes increased patrols in the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood, community consultation, participation in virtual “town hall” meetings, trend monitoring and intelligence driven enforcement, and the promotion of VicPD’s Block Watch program.
This file remains under investigation.