Township of Esquimalt: 2021 - Q3

As part of our ongoing Open VicPD transparency initiative, we introduced Community Safety Report Cards as a way to keep everyone up to date with how the Victoria Police Department is serving the public.  These report cards, which are published quarterly in two community-specific versions (one for Esquimalt and one for Victoria), offer both quantitative and qualitative information about crime trends, operational incidents, and community engagement initiatives.  It is hoped that, through this proactive sharing of information, our citizens have a better understanding of how VicPD is working toward its strategic vision of “A Safer Community Together.

Description

Charts (Esquimalt)

Calls for Service (Esquimalt)

Call for Service (CFS) are requests for services from, or reports to the police department that generate any action on the part of the police department or partner agency performing work on behalf of the police department (such as E-Comm 9-1-1).

CFS include recording a crime/incident for reporting purposes. CFS are not generated for proactive activities unless the officer generates a specific CFS report.

The types of CFS are broken into six main categories as follows:

  • Social order – call types include disturbance, man down, unwanted person, etc.
  • Violence – call types include assault, sexual assault, robbery, etc.
  • Property – call types include break and enters, theft from vehicles, theft of vehicles, etc.
  • Traffic – call types include collision response, impaired driving and other traffic offences.
  • Assist – call types include requests to assist BC Emergency Health Services paramedics, Parole, other police departments, etc.
  • Other – calls are those which do not fit into the categories above.

Annual trends show a decrease in total CFS in 2019 and 2020. Since January 2019, abandoned calls, which are included in the total number of calls and can often generate a police response, are no longer captured by the E-Comm 911/Police Dispatch Centre in the same way. This has significantly reduced the total number of CFS.  Also, policy changes with regard to abandoned 911 calls from cell phones occurred in July 2019, further reducing these CFS totals.  Additional factors that have reduced the number of 911 calls include increased education and changes to cell phone design so that emergency calls could no longer be activated by a one-button push.

These important changes are reflected in the following abandoned 911 call figures, which are included in the displayed CFS totals and are largely responsible for the recent decrease in total CFS:

2016 = 8,409
2017 = 7,576
2018 = 8,554
2019 = 4,411
2020 = 1,296

Esquimalt Calls for Service - By Category, Quarterly

Source: VicPD

Esquimalt Calls for Service - By Category, Annually

Source: VicPD

VicPD Jurisdiction Calls for Service - Quarterly

Source: VicPD

VicPD Jurisdiction Calls for Service - Annually

Source: VicPD

Crime Incidents - VicPD Jurisdiction

Number of Crime Incidents (VicPD Jurisdiction)

  • Violent Crime Incidents
  • Property Crime Incidents
  • Other Crime Incidents

These charts reflect the most available data from Statistics Canada. The charts will be updated when new data is available.

Crime Incidents - VicPD Jurisdiction

Source: Statistics Canada

Response Time (Esquimalt)

Response time is defined as the time that elapses between the time a call is received to the time the first officer arrives on scene.

Charts reflect median response times for the following Priority One and Priority Two calls in Esquimalt.

Response Time - Esquimalt

Source: VicPD
NOTE: Times are displayed in minutes and second. For example, "8.48" indicates 8 minutes and 48 seconds.

Crime Rate (Esquimalt)

The crime rate, as published by Statistics Canada, is the number of Criminal Code violations (excluding traffic offences) per 100,000 population.

  • Total Crime (excluding traffic)
  • Violent Crime
  • Property Crime
  • Other Crime

Data Updated | For all data up to and including 2019, Statistics Canada reported VicPD’s data for its combined jurisdiction of Victoria and Esquimalt. Beginning in 2020, StatsCan is separating that data for both communities. Therefore, the charts for 2020 do not display data for past years as direct comparisons are not possible with this change of methodology. As data is added over successive years, however, year-to-year trends will be displayed.

These charts reflect the most available data from Statistics Canada. The charts will be updated when new data is available.

Crime Rate - Esquimalt

Source: Statistics Canada

Crime Severity Index (Esquimalt & Victoria)

The crime severity index (CSI), as published by Statistics Canada, measures both the volume and severity of police-reported crime in Canada.  In the index, all crimes are assigned a weight by Statistics Canada based on their seriousness.  The level of seriousness is based on actual sentences handed down by the courts in all provinces and territories.

This chart shows the CSI for all municipal police services in BC as well as the provincial average for all police services.  For VicPD’s jurisdiction, the CSI for the City of Victoria and the Township of Esquimalt are shown separately, which is a feature that was first introduced with the release of 2020 data.  For historic CSI figures that show combined CSI data for VicPD’s jurisdiction of both Victoria and Esquimalt, click here VicPD 2019 Crime Severity Index (CSI).

These charts reflect the most available data from Statistics Canada. The charts will be updated when new data is available.

Crime Severity Index - Esquimalt & Victoria

Source: Statistics Canada

Crime Severity Index (Non-Violent) - Esquimalt & Victoria

Source: Statistics Canada

Crime Severity Index (Violent) - Esquimalt & Victoria

Source: Statistics Canada

Weighted Clearance Rate (Esquimalt)

Clearance rates represent the proportion of criminal incidents solved by the police.

Data Updated | For all data up to and including 2019, Statistics Canada reported VicPD’s data for its combined jurisdiction of Victoria and Esquimalt. Beginning in 2020 data, StatsCan is separating that data for both communities. Therefore, the charts for 2020 do not display data for past years as direct comparisons are not possible with this change of methodology. As data is added over successive years, however, year-to-year trends will be displayed.

These charts reflect the most available data from Statistics Canada. The charts will be updated when new data is available.

Weighted Clearance Rate (Esquimalt)

Source: Statistics Canada

Perception of Crime (Esquimalt)

Community and business survey data from 2021 as well as past community surveys: “Do you think that crime in Esquimalt has increased, decreased or remained the same during the last 5 years?”

Perception of Crime (Esquimalt)

Source: VicPD

Block Watch (Esquimalt)

This chart shows the numbers of active blocks in the VicPD Block Watch program.

Block Watch - Esquimalt

Source: VicPD

Public Satisfaction (Esquimalt)

Public satisfaction with VicPD (community and business survey data from 2021 as well as past community surveys): “Overall, how satisfied are you with the work of the Victoria Police?”

Public Satisfaction - Esquimalt

Source: VicPD

Perception of Accountability (Esquimalt)

Perception of accountability of VicPD officers from community and business survey data from 2021 as well as past community surveys: “Based on your own personal experience, or what you may have read or heard, please indicate whether you agree or disagree that the Victoria Police is accountable.”

Perception of Accountability - Esquimalt

Source: VicPD

Documents Released to the Public

These charts show the number of community updates (news releases) and reports published, as well the number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests that are released.

Documents Released to the Public

Source: VicPD

FOI Documents Released

Source: VicPD

Overtime Costs (VicPD)

  • Investigation and specialized units (This includes investigations, specialized units, protests and other)
  • Staff shortage (Cost associated with replacing absent staff, normally for last minute injury or illness)
  • Statutory holiday (Mandatory overtime costs for staff working Statutory Holidays)
  • Recovered (This is related to special duties and overtime for seconded specialty units where all costs are recovered from outside funding resulting in no additional cost to VicPD)

Overtime Costs (VicPD) in dollars ($)

Source: VicPD

Public Safety Campaigns (VicPD)

The number of public safety campaigns initiated by VicPD and those local, regional, or national campaigns supported by, but not necessarily initiated by VicPD.

Public Safety Campaigns (VicPD)

Source: VicPD

Police Act Complaints (VicPD)

Total files opened by the Professional Standards office. Open files do not necessarily result in an investigation of any type. (Source: Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner)

  • Admissible registered complaints (complaints resulting in a formal Police Act investigation)
  • Number of reported substantiated investigations (Police Act investigations that resulted in one or more counts of misconduct being established)

Police Act Complaints (VicPD)

Source: Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner of BC
NOTE: Dates below are provincial government fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) i.e. "2019" indicates April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

Case Load per Officer (VicPD)

The average number of criminal files assigned to each officer.  The average is calculated by dividing the total number of files by the authorized strength of the police Department (Source: Police Resources in BC, Province of British Columbia).

This chart reflects the latest data available. The charts will be updated when new data is available.

Case Load per Officer (VicPD)

Source: Police Resources in BC

Time Loss in Shifts (VicPD)

VicPD’s operational effectiveness can be, and has been, affected by having employees unable to work. The loss of time recorded in this chart includes both physical and mental health injuries which occur in the workplace. This does not include time lost for off-duty injury or illness, parental leave, or leaves of absence. This chart shows this time loss in terms of shifts lost by both officers and civilian employees by calendar year.

Time Loss in Shifts (VicPD)

Source: VicPD

Deployable Officers (% of total strength)

This is the percentage of officers who are fully deployable to policing duties with no restrictions.

Please note: This is a Point-in-Time calculation each year, as the actual number fluctuates widely throughout the year.

Deployable Officers (% of total strength)

Source: VicPD

Volunteer / Reserve Constable Hours (VicPD)

This is the number of volunteer hours annually performed by volunteers and Reserve Constables.

Volunteer / Reserve Constable Hours (VicPD)

Source: VicPD

Training Hours per Officer (VicPD)

Average training hours is calculated by the total number of hours of training divided by the authorized strength.  All training is accounted for including training related to specialized positions such as the Emergency Response Team, and off-duty training required under the Collective Agreement.

Training Hours per Officer (VicPD)

Source: VicPD

Esquimalt Community Information

VicPD continues to make progress towards our three main strategic goals outlined in VicPD Strategic Plan 2020.  Specifically, in Q3, the following goal-specific work was accomplished:

Support Community Safety

  • A pilot project has started to make it easier for local businesses to submit online reports of criminal activity (with suspect information where police attendance is not required).
  • Volunteer programs, including Crime Watch, Cell Watch, and Speed Watch, have resumed after a temporary suspension due to public health restrictions.
  • Unfortunately, we have seen a drop in the number of traffic safety campaigns we are able to sustain due to staffing shortages and competing demands.

Enhance Public Trust

  • Our three Community Resource Officers are making best efforts to engage and educate the public and businesses as, due to staffing and call load, we have been unable to respond to calls for service as we traditionally have.
  • A new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is being formed.  The committee and its work will integrate work from the past, existing action items, and new action items flowing from the Police Board's inclusion work.
  • VicPD’s provisional 2022 budget, which was developed to deal with emerging Issues and enhance public safety, is complete and has received unanimous approval from the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board.

Achieve Organizational Excellence

  • Progress continues to be made on the Respectful Workplace action plan.
  • VicPD hired and trained 12 new auxiliary jail guards with more recruitment planned for the coming months.
  • Work continued on the adoption of a Human Resources Information System, which will streamline a variety of key processes across VicPD.

Q3 saw an unprecedented number of VicPD officers injured while responding to calls for service. Ten officers were assaulted over a three-week period, both on- and off-duty. The assaults ranged from an officer being struck by a vehicle, being attacked in Banfield Park and being assaulted off-duty while volunteering. The officers assaulted include officers from our Patrol Division, Community Services Division, Traffic section and Chief Manak. Chief Manak was not physically injured in the assault. Unfortunately for several of those hurt, their injuries are significant and they will be recovering for a significant period of time.

VicPD attended an alarming night-time trespassing call in August. It was a significant event for Esquimalt this summer. A male trespassed on the property of a female resident in the vicinity of Fleming Beach. The female believed that the male was attempting to break into her residence so she cried out for help. The male was chased off the property and quickly apprehended by members of the community. This situation was traumatic not only for the victim, but also other members of the neighbourhood and the Township. In order to bolster community safety and a sense of wellbeing, Constable Lastiwka and Sergeant Hollingsworth facilitated a neighbourhood meeting. The members provided Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) information and answered questions pertaining to personal safety. The meeting, which was also attended by Mayor Desjardins, was well-received by the community members.

For more notable files, please visit our community updates page.

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.

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Chief Manak also spent time with Esquimalt community members at Music in the Park.

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In August, community members within VicPD's Block Watch party 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.

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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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At the end of Q3 the net financial position is below budget at 73.4%. Revenues are below budget at 52.7% due to the impact of Covid-19 on special duties. Capital expenditures are as expected, although production and shipping delays may impact the timing of some capital expenditures. Wages and benefits are below budget due to ongoing staffing challenges whereas overtime expenditures are over budget as a result of the need to backfill for injuries in Patrol and a significant increase in protests. We continue to be below budget in travel, while training and communications expenditures are also expected to continue to remain below budget. Some hygiene-related expenditures, necessary to maintain operations and staff safety, remain elevated. Overall net operating costs remain slightly below budget at the end of the 3rd quarter.