Victoria, BC – VicPD is deploying extra officers to the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood and the Beacon Hill Park area, an initiative aimed at increasing police visibility and engagement in those areas.
This initiative is scheduled to run for the month of August and will consist of officers maintaining a consistent, high-visibility presence in the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood as well as in and around Beacon Hill Park. The goal of this project is to respond to the concerns of residents and businesses that have been expressed to VicPD over the past few weeks.
“We have heard from the community, especially through the VicPD Block Watch program, that they would like to see more of a VicPD presence in these areas,” said Chief Del Manak. “Our officers will therefore continue to engage with local residents to build relationships and to improve the safety of our community.”
Due to resource constraints, this initiative will be staffed by officers from across the department on special duty assignment.
EDIT: We've been asked for numbers on Beacon Hill Park. Here they are:
Here's a link to the raw data: https://vicpd.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/BHP-Data-tables-2019-2020.pdf