It was another busy summer for VicPD. VicPD’s Esquimalt Division launched the annual “Summer Action Plan” to increase police visibility in the Township and Vic West. This primarily involved increased foot and mountain bike patrols in key areas like beaches and parks. It was well received and appreciated by the members of the community.
Esquimalt Division also participated in the “Smile for a Child Campaign” in partnership with the Esquimalt Lions. The goal of the campaign was to conduct a toy drive to benefit children at Victoria General Hospital (VGH). This campaign was a huge success and Constable Lastiwka presented Esquimalt Division’s contributions to VGH on July 30th.
VicPD’s Chief Manak attended several events around Esquimalt this summer including Ribfest.
Chief Manak also spent time with Esquimalt community members at Music in the Park.
In August, community members within VicPD’s Block Watch threw a Block Watch party. VicPD officers attended. It was a great opportunity to engage with our neighbours.
With the return to school for families in September, VicPD launched another back-to-school campaign. VicPD officers and volunteers were deployed at schools across Victoria and Esquimalt reminding everyone to slow down. The campaign’s goal was to keep our students, families and staff in mind, and have a safe start to back-to-school.
This year marked the first official year of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. VicPD’s Chief Manak was honoured to be included in the welcoming ceremony for Indigenous Youth arriving by canoe to the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. We took the opportunity to listen, learn, reflect and commit to the important work of the reconciliation process.
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