News Releases

VicPD’s Civic Service Award Presented to Sailors for Life Saving Actions

Date:   Mar 5, 2015

Victoria BC – Today, VicPD’s Acting Chief Steve Ing presented two VicPD Civic Service Awards to members of the Royal Canadian Navy for their part in saving a distraught man’s life.

On January 8th, while walking in the James Bay neighbourhood, the two sailors passed a person who was tinkering with their vehicle. The pair initially thought nothing of it.

Four Charged After Traffic Stop Nets Drugs, Guns and Other Weapons

Date:   Mar 4, 2015

Victoria BC – An observant K9 officer, her dog, and patrol members are being credited with getting four potentially dangerous criminals off the street after a traffic stop on Monday morning.

The officer was watching an area in James Bay as there had been recent incidents of break and enters. While she and her K9 partner were there, she noticed a car circling the neighbourhood with its headlights out.

VIIMCU and VicPD Continue to Investigate Homicide of Peter Hunter Thompson

Date:   Mar 2, 2015

File #     15-7337

Victoria, BC –Investigators from the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU,) working in conjunction with the BC Coron‎ers Service, have determined Peter Hunter Thompson’s death was a homicide.

Thompson, a 49-year-old James Bay resident, was found deceased in his apartment in the 400-block of Michigan Street on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

VicPD Chief Frank Elsner & Senior Command Team Don Pink In Support of Pink Shirt Day

Date:   Feb 24, 2015

Victoria, BC – Members of the media are invited to attend as Chief Frank Elsner and the VicPD Senior Command Team don pink to mark the Victoria Police Department’s support of the anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day.

Many VicPD officers and civilians have taken the anti-bullying pledge to signify our commitment as an organization to end bullying. Chief Elsner will be available to answer questions and speak to media about stopping bullying.

CRD Police Leaders Join Forces to Combat Bullying on Pink Shirt Day

Date:   Feb 24, 2015

CRD Police Leaders Join Forces to Combat Bullying on Pink Shirt Day

Victoria, BC – Members of the media are invited to join area Police leaders from VicPD, Saanich Police, Oak Bay Police, Central Saanich Police and the RCMP at Reynolds High School where they will take the Pink Shirt Day anti-bullying pledge.

The leaders are joining forces and committed to ending bullying. They are out to set an example of cooperation and showcase the positive things you can do when differences are set aside.

Stolen Bike Returned to a Very Thankful Owner

Date:   Feb 24, 2015

Victoria BC –  A recent immigrant to Canada had his bike stolen on Tuesday, February 10th, but thanks to some helpful citizens and dedicated VicPD officers, he’s riding again.

Officers received a call from the theft victim, a 30-year-old Central Saanich man, who had recently moved to Canada. He was reporting that his bike was stolen from in front of a local business while he was inside.

Alert Community Member Helps VicPD Nab Two with Replica Handgun

Date:   Feb 23, 2015

File #     15-8118

Victoria BC – VicPD officers are crediting an alert community member with helping them arrest two individuals, who were seen with what appeared to be a handgun.

Officers were called to the 700-block of Pandora Avenue after an alert community member noticed two individuals in a stairwell.  One of the men produced what appeared to be a handgun and put it in his waistband.Upon arrival, the officers located both the individuals and, lying nearby, was a replica handgun.

VIIMCU and VicPD Investigate Suspicious Sudden Death

Date:   Feb 20, 2015

File #     15-7337

Victoria BC – The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit and VicPD are investigating a suspicious sudden death.

VicPD officers were called to the 400-block of Michigan Street on Wednesday, February 18th, at approximately 9 a.m. for what was later determined to be a suspicious sudden death. Out of an abundance of caution VIIMCU was called.

VIIMCU and the BC Coroner’s Service are now leading the investigation, with the assistance of VicPD.

VicPD Blotter | Cars, Computers and Keys Saved in Separate Files

Date:   Feb 17, 2015

File #     15- 5978

Sharp-Eyed Officer and K9 Capture Thief

Victoria BC – Along with capturing a wanted escapee, VicPD officers were busy last week with a number of property related calls that resulted in arrests and the reuniting of property.

On Family Day, Monday, February 9th, Esquimalt Division officers were patrolling the 900-Block of Esquimalt Road at approximately 2 a.m., when they heard noises coming from a covered parking lot.