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									Saanich Police Community Report
    2009 Report – Featuring a 2010 Calendar
        with Family Safety Information

       Keeping Saanich Safe Since 1906
Chief Constable
                                                                                              am happy to provide the 2009 Saanich Police Community                        collaboratively with the CRD Regional Crime Unit, achieved a
                                                                                              Report and 2010 Community Calendar. The past year has seen                   35% reduction in B&Es of all types over 2008 and a cumulative
                                                                                           much change in the face of the Saanich Police. I am honoured to                 50% reduction over 2007. Reductions of this magnitude in this
                                                                                           have been appointed the Chief Constable of such an outstanding                  particular crime have not been achieved in the past and can be
                                                                                           body of men and women; it truly is the pinnacle of my 34-year                   largely attributed to the targeting of prolific offenders, they being
                                                                                           career with the organization. Deputy Chief Constable Bob Downie                 the 20% of criminals who are responsible for the vast majority of
                                                                                           and 13 other members of the Department join me in new roles                     property-related crime. Results such as these illustrate the impact
                                                                                           and responsibilities, succeeding a number of retiring members,                  of rationalized integration of police resources and the benefit of
                                                                                           which include our former Chief Constable, Derek Egan. With                      networking to ensure that municipal borders do not pose a barrier
                                                                                           your help, our new team will continue to serve the needs of                     to law enforcement.
                                                                                           our citizens and build on the strong relationships that already                 Our commitment to keep Saanich one of the safest communities in
                                                                                           exist with our community partners.                                              Canada remains unchanged and our over 225 members, sworn and
                                                                                           During 2009, we worked hard to address the crime of Breaking                    civilian, will continue to ensure that we provide the highest quality
                                                                                           and Entering. Our Street Crime Unit, Crime Prevention Officer,                  of police service to you, our partners in community safety.
                                                                                           Block Watch partners, and Uniform Division, working                             Chief Constable Mike Chadwick

                     In Canada, civilian police boards are neutral bodies that work to ensure there is a high standard of policing and that the interaction between police and the community is fair and responsive.
                     British Columbia police boards are mandated by the 1996 BC Police Act to provide civilian oversight on police accountability. BC police boards perform the following four main governance functions:
                     1) employers of the sworn and civilian staff, 2) policy and direction setters, 3) financial overseers, and 4) discipline authorities for policy and service complaints, with the Chair being responsible
                     for discipline matters related to the Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable. Saanich Police is pleased to introduce the Saanich Police Board.

                                         I am happy to introduce the                                            I am proud of the level of professionalism, dedication                   I have come to appreciate the importance of an engaged police
Police Board Chair

                                                                              Saanich Police Board

                                         Saanich Police 2009 Community                                          and commitment to community exhibited by the men                         force that is capable, highly motivated and dedicated to the
                                         Report and 2010 Community                                              and women of the Saanich Police and the employees                        community. As a past president of the Gordon Head Residents’
                                         Calendar. We are very proud of the                                     who support them. It is an honour to work with a group                   Association and active member of our neighbourhood, I recognize
                                         men and women of the Saanich                                           of men and women who strive every day to deliver                         the importance of a public trust: that our police keep the peace,
                                         Police who serve our community                                         excellence as a full-service police department and                       serve the community and uphold a tradition of excellence.
                                         with the highest standard of                                           to ensure continuation of the tradition of community                     I am proud to say that Saanich has a well equipped, highly
                                         professionalism and community                                          policing for which the Saanich Police is known.                          capable, diverse, full-service police department that is dedicated
                                         involvement.                                                                                                                                    to ensuring a culture of community policing. Being on the Saanich
                                                                                                                It is a privilege to serve as a member of the Saanich                    Police Board is a privilege that affords me the opportunity to
                     The Saanich Police has a long history of excellence as                                     Police Board, and I look forward to working with the                     fulfill a role in serving the people of Saanich while participating
                     a full-service police department and they continue to                                      Saanich Police in the year ahead as the board and                        in civilian oversight and public governance.
                     serve our community in that tradition.                                                     the police department continue our commitment to
                                                                                                                delivering excellence in pro-active, community policing.                 Steve Coe
                     Mayor Frank Leonard
                     Chair, Saanich Police Board                                                                Jane Allison

                                                                                                                I am honoured to have been chosen to join the                            It is a privilege to serve my fellow Saanich residents in this
                                                                                                                Saanich Police Board. I look forward to adding                           rewarding volunteer role as a community representative
                                                                                                                my voice as a resident, mother, and lawyer to the                        overseeing the activities of the Saanich Police. The opportunity
                                                                                                                decision-making processes at the Board level.                            to assist the talented men and women of one of the finest,
                                                                                                                I believe Saanich residents can help our police force                    most progressive police departments in Canada is one of the
                                                                                                                continue to play a strong, professional, and positive                    highlights of my volunteer career. I am now entering my fifth
                                                                                                                role in our community. I hope that my service on the                     year on the Saanich Police Board. I am pleased to also be in a
                                                                                                                Board will be of benefit to the police department,                       position to represent our Board and fellow Board members across
                                                                                                                the Municipality, and Saanich families.                                  the province as one of two BC representatives on the Canadian
                                                                                                                Jacqueline A. Beltgens                                                   Association of Police Boards and as Vice President of the British
                                                                                                                                                                                         Columbia Association of Police Boards.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Paul McKivett
                                                                          The Saanich Police
                                                                           Divisions for Service Delivery

                                                                                     Police Board
                                                    Public                          Chief Constable                              Professional
                                                 Information                         Deputy Chief                             Standards, Audits
                                                    Officer                            Constable                              and Plans Division

        Uniform                                             Detective                                              Administration                                       Staff Development
        Division                                            Division                                                 Division                                                 Division

Community Liaison                                  Child Abuse Team                                           Exhibit Control                                         Training
Bike Section                                       Financial Crimes                                           Freedom of Information                                  Recruiting
Canine Section                                     Forensic Identification                                    Gaoler
Crime Prevention                                   General Investigation                                      Information Systems                                     *Secondments to
Reserve Constable Program                          Intelligence                                               Technicians                                             integrated police units
School Liaison                                     Street Crime Unit                                          Pound                                                   CFSEU         NCECC
Volunteer Coordinator                              Computer Forensics                                         Telecommunications                                      IMCRT         NWEST
Youth Counsellor                                   Youth Section                                              Records Section                                         INSET         MYST
Patrol                                                                                                                                                                IRSU          RCU
                            *CFSEU - Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit; IMCRT - Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team; INSET - Integrated National Security   Police Services
Traffic Safety Unit         Enforcement Team; IRSU - Integrated Road Safety Unit; NCECC - National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre; NWEST - National Weapons
                            Enforcement Support Team; MYST - Mobile Youth Services Team; RCU - Regional Crime Unit

                                           Executive Officers from left to right: Insp. Rob McColl, Insp. Jamie Rhodes, D/C Bob Downie,
                                            Chief Constable Mike Chadwick, Insp. Brett Fryer, Insp. Trent Edwards, Insp. Scott Green.
                                  The Saanich Police, working with the community and its corporate
                                  partners, has been keeping Saanich safe for over 100 years.

                                  1906 – Shortly after Saanich was incorporated as a municipality, Jabez John Russell
Keeping Saanich Safe Since 1906

                                  was hired as Saanich’s first constable. His home served as the department’s first
                                  headquarters from which he patrolled the municipality’s 112 kilometres on horseback.
                                  His duties included collecting the road and poll tax as well as responding to complaints,
                                  which arrived mostly by mail.                                                                                                       1911                                             Saanich Auxiliary Police, circa 1960s
                                  1915 – The Saanich Police tripled in size with the addition of another constable and the
                                  department’s first police chief, Chief Constable Little. The increase in workload required
                                  the addition of a second horse.
                                  1920 – In 1920, Peter Brogan, a former WW I military officer and Dominion Police Constable,
                                  became the Chief of Police. The force was now four strong and the police uniform was changed
                                  to the now more familiar blue colour. The officers carried handcuffs and a truncheon. A single
                                  .38 cal revolver was purchased for the force. The last of the horses was traded in for a new
                                  Indian Motorcycle. The department was now able to focus on traffic enforcement (speeding,
                                  failing to have a vehicle equipped with lights, and impaired driving).                                                    Sgt. Brown and “Joe”, 1934
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Saanich Police Station, 1962
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Saanich Archives #1980-005-012

                                  1930s – Alan Rankin took over as Chief Constable. The Saanich Police
                                  changed uniforms to the now familiar open-neck blue tunics with Sam
                                  Brown belts. The four constables were using three motorcycles equipped
                                  with sidecars, emergency lights and sirens. In 1938, in preparation for the
                                  Royal visit, the department purchased two police cars and equipped them
                                  with police radios, part of the integrated Greater Victoria radio system.
                                  1940s – The department now had a total of seven officers, four
                                  police cars and an ambulance. Motorcycles ceased being the primary
                                  mode of transportation for the Saanich Police. The war years saw the
                                  establishment of the Saanich Special Police, a volunteer organization               Car Accident, 1940                                            Saanich Police Department, 1946                       Reporter demo, 1966
                                  trained in civil defense. It would serve as the foundation for the current-
                                  day Saanich Police Reserve Program.
                                  1960s – The population of Saanich had surpassed 42,000 and the predominantly rural
                                  make-up of the municipality was becoming more urban. The Saanich Police department had
                                  grown to 20 officers. Tragedy struck the Saanich Police and the community when Cst. Robert
                                  Kirby was shot and killed by an escapee of the Colquitz Mental Home, today’s Vancouver Island
                                  Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC).
                                  1970s and 1980s – Throughout the next two decades, the department’s size and expertise
                                  would continue to grow, enabling it to take the lead role in the planning and security for the                 Saanich Police Officers, 1950                                        Saanich Police Fleet, 1967
                                  15th Commonwealth Games held in 1994, primarily in Saanich.
                                  1990s – The department experienced ongoing growth and specialization to meet the increasing needs
                                  of the community. Staff increased in the uniform and investigative sections such as the Traffic Safety Unit,
                                  K9 Section and Street Crime Unit. Specialized integrated investigative teams, Computer Forensic Analysis,
                                  and Computer IT services necessary in policing in the Information Age were created.
                                  2000s to date – The Municipality of Saanich now has over 113,000 citizens. Saanich Police has 18 officers
                                  seconded to various integrated investigative teams. In 2004 Saanich Police implemented the PRIME Record
                                  Management System including CAD, MDT, DRE, MRE, Property and Mug Shots. Saanich Police also implemented
                                  the CREST radio system in 2003 giving greater communication abilities with its neighbouring agencies.                                Inside a patrol car, circa 1970
                                                                                                                                                                                 Saanich Archives #1984-006-053b
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Indoor Pistol Firing Range, circa 1970
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Saanich Archives #1984-006-050
                                                JanuaRy                                                                    Keeping Saanich
                                                                                                                           Safe Since 1906

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                         , email,
                              or phone 250-475-1775, ext 3477. Saanich Archives is located
                       in the Saanich Centennial Library located at the Pearkes Recreation Centre.              New Year’s Day

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                      School Starts

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                        Sir John A.
              Macdonald’s Birthday

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                     Martin Luther
                      King Jr. Day

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Saanich Police – A Year in Review
                                     Today, the Saanich Police has more than 250 full and                  This summer, 24 Saanich Police
                                     part-time employees committed to the highest level of                 officers attended the 2009 World
                                     police service to our over 113,000 residents and those                Police & Fire Games, held in Vancouver
                                     who visit Saanich daily to study, work and play. Saanich is           from July 31 – August 9. The World
                                     a Safe community. The department’s motto, Keeping Saanich             Police & Fire Games are a spectacular
                                     Safe since 1906, communicates our respect for local history,          international sporting event, offering
                                     a statement of purpose, and a declaration of commitment to            police officers, firefighters and
                                     serve with equal effectiveness as we move forward into our            customs and correction officers
                                     second century of keeping Saanich safe.                               from around the world an opportunity
                                                                                                           to showcase their athletic excellence
                                     2009 witnessed the retirement of Chief Constable Egan after           in over 65 sporting events.
                                     serving with Saanich Police for 35 years. Then Deputy Chief,
                                     Mike Chadwick, took command of Saanich Police on August 1,            Saanich Police was well-represented,
                                     2009. Chief Constable Chadwick has been a police officer with         with Cst. Wayne Unger winning a
                                     the Saanich Police for the past 34 years.                             bronze medal in judo, Cst. Kathleen
                                                                                                           Brandsma winning two bronze medals
                                     Additional promotions included Inspector Bob Downie being             in cycling, and Cst. Matt Morin                                        World Police & Fire Games Medalists
                                     promoted to Deputy Chief, and Staff Sgt. Jamie Rhodes and                                                                              Cst. Brandsma, Cst. Unger and Cst. Morin
                                                                                                           winning a silver medal in wrestling.
                                     Staff Sgt. Edwards both being promoted to Inspector. In
                                     addition to the Executive Officer promotions, there were an           In October 2009, the Olympic Torch Relay came to Saanich. Over 85 Saanich Police Officers
            Cst. Jennifer Symonds    additional 10 Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) promotions.              assisted with the Torch Relay as it made its way through Saanich. Officers provided security on
            from the Tour de Rock
                                     Saanich Police also hired six police officers to replace retirees.    foot, bicycle and on motorcycle. Saanich Police Constable Paul Lamoureux was selected to be a
                                                                                                           member of the Olympic Torch Relay Security Team. Cst. Lamoureux’s task was the direct security of
The 2009 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock took place from September 19 –               the Olympic Torch runners and the Olympic flame. In November, Cst. Lamoureux flew to St. John’s,
October 2. Saanich Police officers Cst. Jennifer Symonds and Cst. Matt Cawsey took part in the             NFLD and escorted the Torch runners through the Maritime Provinces over a two-week period.
1000 km ride to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and support programs for children                Cst. Lamoureux will be completing the final phase of the Olympic Torch Relay in January 2010.
with cancer and their families. The 2009 Tour de Rock raised over $1.3 million!

                                        Cst. Matt Cawsey                            Cst. Paul Lamoureux                                  Cst. Brad Walsh, Cst. Phil MacDonald, Cst. Marco Berton, Sgt. Stephanie Edwards
                                    from the Tour de Rock              Olympic Torch Relay Security Team                                                                                           Photo taken by Thomas B. Hawker
                                      FEBRuaRy                                                                                      Keeping Saanich
                                                                                                                                    Safe Since 1906

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                                       Groundhog Day

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                                                                                                                   Opening Ceremonies
                                                                                                                         2010 Olympic
                                                                                                                         Winter Games

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                      National Flag
  Valentine’s Day    of Canada Day

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                                                                                                                    Closing Ceremonies
                                                                                                                          2010 Olympic
                                                                                                                          Winter Games

                                              To find out more details on the different divisions of the Saanich Police,
                                              please go to our website and click on “About Us”.

                                                                                                                             Saanich Police: 250.475.4321
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                                                                                                  Domestic Violence: Are you at risk?
Relationship Violence                                                                             Women are, by far, the majority of those who experience violence or abuse in intimate
                                                                                                  relationships but men experience abuse as well. Relationship violence or abuse is also
                                                                                                  experienced by same-sex partners and falls across every socio-economic layer of our society –
Saanich Police responds to situations of relationship violence on an all-too-frequent basis.      it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor or somewhere in between. No one is immune from the
The 911 calls reporting this kind of violence may come from neighbours, passer-bys, family        possibility that they may experience relationship violence or abuse.
members in the home or one of the people involved in the dispute. It is important for people
of all ages and circumstances to know there is help available.                                    What is abuse? Abuse can be any or all of these things:
                                                                                                  Physical: pushing, hitting, punching, slapping, bumping, throwing things at you, putting
A Family Counsellor has been available at the Saanich Police for nearly 30 years. The             you deliberately in harm’s way, making decisions that affect your health (e.g. insisting on a
Counsellor position was initially a pilot project developed to provide a needed resource          pregnancy or an abortion). Almost all of these things constitute an assault and is against
to our community and to give one more way in which officers may offer assistance to the           the law.
public. Referrals come directly from members of both the Police and Fire Departments
who feel that a family counsellor might be helpful in a situation they may have encountered.      Emotional: name calling, putting you down, making threats against you or something or
The most common situation the Counsellor sees is families who are fighting, where some            someone that is important to you, not allowing you to see family or friends, not supporting
kind of police involvement has resulted.                                                          you to make decisions that affect your well-being. Making threats is against the law.
                                                                                                  Sexual: insisting that you have sex even if you don’t want to, insisting on sexual activities
                                                            Corrina Craig is the Saanich Police   that make you uncomfortable or in which you don’t want to participate, threatening to leave
                                                            Family Counsellor. Ms. Craig is a     you or have an affair if you do not participate in sexual activity how and when your partner
                                                            registered social worker and holds    asks. Any kind of forced or coerced sexual contact is against the law.
                                                            a Master’s degree in Education.       Financial: not allowing you access to shared money, insisting that you hand over your money,
                                                            Corrina was a paralegal for a         making you beg for money for groceries, necessities and other items.
                                                            number of years and often finds
                                                                                                  Stalking (or criminal harassment) is also a crime. Stalking is harassing you by phone,
                                                            her paralegal training extremely
                                                                                                  email, and/or in person at your home, your work or your children’s school. Stalking is
                                                            helpful in her work as a Social
                                                                                                  driving by your home many times or parking outside of your home or work. Stalking is not
                                                            Worker, Counsellor and Advocate.      leaving you alone even when you have asked to be left alone or obtained a Peace Bond or
                                                            Corrina is a recent addition to the   Restraining Order.
                                                            Saanich Police Department and
                                                            is honoured to be working with so
                                                            many extraordinary colleagues.           If you are in an unhealthy relationship where there is relationship violence:
                                                                                                     •	 Talk	to	someone	about	your	feelings.	Since	relationship	violence	is	traumatic	and	
                                                                                                        overwhelming, it is important for you to have support. If you find that family or
                                                                                                        friends are not able to understand, or cannot offer all the support you need, there
                                 Counsellor Corrina Craig                                               are a number of agencies where trained professionals can assist you in a caring,
                                                                                                        confidential manner.
                                                                                                     •	 Know	that	you	are	not	alone.	Both	men	and	women	have	reported	experiencing	
                                                                                                        violence at the hands of a spouse or romantic partner.
             Healthy relationships mean that both partners are valued, respected                     •	 Plan	for	your	safety.	Once	violence	has	occurred	in	a	relationship,	it	is	likely	to	
                                                                                                        re-occur. It is important to have a plan for how to protect yourself from future
               and empowered to grow into their full potential as a human being.                        violence. Talk to a trusted friend or relative about what is happening and arrange
                                                                                                        to stay with that person when things get bad.
                               Every person deserves to be in a healthy relationship.                •	 Your	safety	is	of	utmost	importance.	If	you	require	emergency	assistance	call	
                                                                                                        the police immediately.
                                                MaRCH                                                                   Keeping Saanich
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                                                                                                      Opening Ceremonies
                                                                                                         2010 Paralympic
                     Spring Break Starts                                                                    Winter Games

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       Time Begins                                         St. Patrick’s Day                                                          Spring Equinox

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             28                    29            30                    31           If you or a loved one is the victim of domestic violence,
                                                                                            please reach out for help by contacting:
                                                                                   Cridge Centre Transition House: 250-479-3963 (24 hours)
Closing Ceremonies                                                               Victoria Women’s Transition House: 250-385-6611 (24 hours)
   2010 Paralympic                                                                        NEED Crisis Line: 250-386-6323 (24 hours)
      Winter Games                                                                            Men’s Trauma Centre: 250-381-0493

                                                                                                                Saanich Police: 250.475.4321
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Sexual Assault
What is sexual assault?
•		 exual	assault	is	any	form	of	non-consensual	sexual	activity.	Forced	sexual	activity	may	
  include kissing, touching, and intercourse in which one of the partners does not consent,
  or agrees to by force or the threat of force.
•	Sexual	assault	is	illegal.
•		 exual	assault	takes	many	different	forms,	including	acquaintance	rape,	child	sexual	abuse,	
  gang rape, assault by a stranger, sexual violence in an intimate partnership and marital rape.
•		 exual	assault	is	also	commonly	referred	to	as	“sexual	violence.”	This	term	is	used	to	
  describe any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by
  targeting sexuality. Sexualized violence encompasses all forms of unwanted sexual contact
  as well as name calling, sexual humiliation and sexual targeting.
Who are the victims?
Anyone, of any age and gender, can be the victim of sexual assault. But women between
the ages of 14 and 24 are the most vulnerable.
                                                                                                     How does sexual assault affect you?
                                                                              Statistically women    Sexual assault can have life long consequences for both the offender and the victim.
                                                                              form the majority
                                                                                                     The victim of a sexual assault can suffer physical, psychological and emotional trauma.
                                                                              of victims but
                                                                                                     Statistics Canada indicates that women are physically injured in 11% of sexual assaults.
                                                                              there are still a
                                                                                                     It is the impact on the victim’s emotional health that can be the most damaging though.
                                                                              significant number
                                                                              of men who are         Nine out of ten incidents of violence against women have an emotional and psychological
                                                                              victimized. Sexual     effect on the victim. The most commonly reported effects are anger, fear, and becoming
                                                                              assault often brings   more cautious and less trusting. Other effects include:
                                                                              with it shame and
                                                                                                     •	Depression                                         •	Eating	disorders
                                                                                                     •	Confusion                                          •	Anxiety
                                                                              which can stop
                                                                                                     •	Sleep	disturbances,	including	nightmares           •	Flashbacks
                                                                              a victim from
                                                                                                     •	Erratic	mood	swings
                                                                              talking about it and
                                                                              reporting it. This
                                                                              is particularly the    What to do if you’ve been                                Sexual assault is a violent, personal
                                                                              case for men so we     sexually assaulted                                     crime for which there is help. For more
                                                                              can’t simply rely on                                                             information and support, contact:
                                                                                                     These are important steps to take right                Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre
                                                                              numbers to give us     away after an assault:                                    24 hour Crisis and Information Line
                                                                              an accurate picture    •		Get	away	from	the	attacker.	Go	to	a	safe	                        250-383-3232
  Cst. Trina Stevens                                                          of who is being           place as fast as you can. Then call 911.              
                                                                                                     •		Call	a	friend	or	family	member	you	trust.	                   Men’s Trauma Centre
Who are the offenders?                                                                               •		Call	a	crisis	centre	or	a	hotline	to	talk	with	              250-381-MENS (6367)
As with victims, anyone can be an offender, however, most are men. The majority of sexual               a counsellor.                                      
assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, trusts or loves.                                                                                            NEED Crisis and Information Line
                                                                                                                                                                  24 hour Line : 250-386-6323
                                                                                                                                                                Youth Line: 250-386-TALK (8255)
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                                                                                                                              Safe Since 1906

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                    The Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre has highly qualified
                   trauma specialists who provide services to individuals impacted
                  by sexual assault and abuse. Please contact the Crisis and Info line
                                at 250-383-3232 or go to
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CAT – Child Abuse Team
                                                                Children are our society’s most valuable asset. Crimes committed against our children, especially
                                                                those of a sexual nature, are particularly abhorrent and damaging both to our children and to
                                                                our community.
                                                                The Saanich Police Child Abuse Team (CAT) was established in May of 1989 to provide a
                                                                coordinated and specialized response to investigating allegations of child physical and sexual
                                                                abuse. Over the past 20 years, the Child Abuse Team has resolved a considerable number of
                                                                serious offences against children and successfully prosecuted a large number of offenders.
                                                                The team currently consists of three Detective Constables and one supervising Sergeant,
                                                                and is part of the larger Detective Division.
                                                                Investigators assigned to the Child Abuse Team receive specialized training to conduct
                                                                complex child physical and sexual abuse investigations. The Detectives are tasked not only
                                                                with current child abuse cases, but also with investigating historical physical and sexual
                                                                abuse allegations often brought forward by adult survivors of childhood abuse.
                                                                The Internet has sadly provided a new medium for the world-wide exploitation of children.
                                                                Child Abuse Team Investigators receive training in Internet Child Exploitation (ICE)
                         C.A.T. Investigator Cst. Andy Stuart   investigations and have successfully located and prosecuted a number of Internet-based
                                                                offenders through Regional, Provincial, National and International Law Enforcement
                                                                Child abuse investigations go beyond just police involvement. There is often a bigger picture to
                                                                the abuse and one that requires a coordinated approach. To provide the best care and service
                                                                to victims, our Child Abuse Team works closely with social workers, counsellors, nurses, doctors
                                                                and psychologists.

                                                                                            Child Abuse Team investigators Cst. Rob Warren, Cst. Andy Stuart and Cst. Steve Eassie
                                                                         May                                                           Keeping Saanich
                                                                                                                                       Safe Since 1906

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    The Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Society (CAPCS), through the Mary Manning Centre, is the primary
    provider of therapy and victim services for children and youth in Greater Victoria who have experienced abuse.
   Mary Manning Centre is Victoria’s only non-profit agency dedicated to treating child victims of abuse. The Society
  was founded by Mary Manning who, together with therapist Rita Milot, began providing counselling services to child
     survivors of abuse in 1984. For more information please go to or call 250-385-6111.

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NCECC – National Child
Exploitation Coordination Centre                                                               
                                                                                                         The Internet is both an educational tool and social playground for kids and people of all ages.
                                                                                                         Parents and guardians play an important role in safeguarding children as they go online.
The NCECC was established in 2003 as the law enforcement component of Canada’s National                  Children often believe that when they are online, their actions are private. It is important
Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. The Centre was created in         for parents or guardians to explain the very public nature of the Internet to their children.
response to the recognition that the Internet was being more frequently used to facilitate sexual
exploitation crimes against children including the exchange of child sexual abuse images and             Visit for suggestions on age-appropriate safety messages for your child(ren).
child luring.
The mandate of the NCECC is to reduce the vulnerability of children
to Internet-facilitated sexual exploitation by:
•	identifying	victimized	children
•		nvestigating	and	assisting	in	the	prosecution	of	sexual	offenders
•		 trengthening	the	capacity	of	municipal,	territorial,	provincial,	
  federal and international police agencies through training and
  investigative support
The NCECC is Canada’s contact point for files involving Canadian victims and suspects.
The Centre provides a number of services to law enforcement, including the ability to
respond immediately to a child at risk, the coordination of investigative files, expertise in
victim identification techniques, management of multi-jurisdictional cases, operationally
relevant research, and training specific to online child sexual exploitation investigations.
The NCECC also manages and provides training for the Child Exploitation Tracking System                  One of the best defenses against online predators is education – education for the
(CETS), an intelligence tool that enhances information sharing among Canadian investigators.             parents and guardians of children who are online. has current information on
“Through leadership and partnership the NCECC will provide a national integrated                         the most common online activities of children/youth, such as cellular phone text messaging,
environment for the coordination, collaboration, education, intelligence and development                 IM (Instant Messaging), P2P (Peer to Peer programs), social networking, web cam, online
of strategies to combat the global online sexual exploitation of children.”                              games, Chatrooms and Avatars.

                                                                Saanich Police and NCECC
                                                                Saanich Police is dedicated to
                                                                safeguarding our children, and has
                                                                supported NCECC with coordinated
                                                                investigations and even with
                                                                personnel. In August 2005, Cst.
                                                                Arnold Guerin, one of our former
                                                                Child Abuse Investigators, moved
                                                                his family to Ottawa to take on a
                                                                full-time role of combating child
                                                                exploitation. Presently Arnold Guerin
                                                                is the Technology Manager at the
                                                                centre. He is the leading world expert
                                                                on CETS and travels around the globe
                                                                training various police agencies. His
                                                                most recent destinations have been
                                                                Australia and Brazil.
                   N.C.E.C.C. Investigator Cst. Arnold Guerin
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          27                28            29             30 is Canada’s national tipline for reporting the online sexual
                                                              exploitation of children. forwards all potentially illegal reports
                                                                to police and is open 24/7 to accept reports from the public. For more
                                                               information on the success of this website please see

                                                                                                      Saanich Police: 250.475.4321
For an emergency call 911                                                                        
MYST – Mobile Youth Services Team
Did you know that in 2002, over 1500 youths were involved in the sex trade in Greater
Victoria? This number is only an estimate and many who work in the field say it is a gross
underestimate of the actual number of youth involved in sexual behavior that is considered
exploitive. Sexual exploitation damages the health, well-being and human potential of young
people both in our community and across this country. This is a large and growing problem
that many families are facing right here, right now.
Research indicates that sexually exploited youth are likely to come from economically
disadvantaged families who lack a family-social bond, have been sexually or physically abused
as children and have left school and home at an early age. Youth who live on the streets at an
early age often turn to prostitution as a way of earning money and are frequently involved in drug
and alcohol misuse. Further factors associated with sexually exploited youth included low self-
esteem and social isolation.
In BC, a comprehensive study found that most sexually exploited youth were females between
15 and 18 years of age, although there were instances of children being as young as 10.
Sexually exploited males are much less visible and tend to become involved at a later age.
Sexual exploitation commonly occurs on the street, particularly in bigger centres, but can also
occur behind closed doors in massage parlours, karaoke bars, trick pads and inside private
homes. Youth entering the sex trade are often lured in by older girls or even by older family
members who are involved in the trade. Only a small portion of youth are controlled by a pimp.                                                                               M.Y.S.T. Investigator Cst. Jeff Grenier

                                                                                                          In 2001, area police departments got together to create a police position designed to focus on
                                                                                                          the problem of sexually exploited youth and find strategies for assisting these young people in
                                                                                                          living safe, productive lives.
                                                                                                          The main responsibilities of the police officer assigned to this position are:
                                                                                                          •		 ducating	the	community	to	realize	the	severity	that	exists	regarding	sexual	exploitation	in	
                                                                                                            the region and to provide support and services to exploited youth
                                                                                                          •	Criminal	enforcement	and	targeting	pimps,	“johns”	and	recruiters
                                                                                                          •		 athering	of	criminal	intelligence	on	the	activities	of	the	child	sex	workers	and	the	activities	
                                                                                                            of the pimps who exploit these children
                                                                                                          This type of proactive police work has an immeasurable impact and we applaud our officers
                                                                                                          for their contribution to helping keep our young people safe.
                                                                                                          The Saanich Police was proud to have Cst. Laura Vye as the most recent full-time member
                                                                                                          assigned to the Mobile Youth Services Team (MYST). Cst. Vye worked tirelessly to reach out
                                                                                                          to vulnerable young people both in our community, and the Capital Regional District as a
                                                                                                          whole. Her predecessors were also members from the Saanich Police, Cst. Kim Basi, and
                                                                                                          Cst. Jennifer Maher.
                                                                                                          On temporary assignment to MYST is Cst. Jeff Grenier. Cst. Grenier is a 15-year member with
                                                                   M.Y.S.T. Investigator Cst. Laura Vye   the Saanich Police.
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                      YMCA-YWCA Youth Outreach:
                       Victoria Youth Empowerment Society:, 250-383-3514
                           Victoria Boys & Girls Club:, 250-384-9133                    Canada Day
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                                                                                                                         Saanich Police: 250.475.4321
For an emergency call 911                                                                                           
Sexual Exploitation
What is sexual exploitation?
Sexual exploitation is the sexual abuse of children and youth through the exchange of sex
or sexual acts for drugs, food, shelter, protection, other basics of life, and/or money. Sexual
exploitation includes involving children and youth in creating pornography and sexually explicit
websites. While the Criminal Code of Canada defines sexually exploited youth as under 18
years of age, the Child, Family and Community Service Act is applicable when dealing with
“at risk” youth under age 19.
Other terms that are used to talk about sexual exploitation are “child prostitution” and
“youth sex trade.” We use the terms “sexual exploitation” or “commercial sexual exploitation”
to acknowledge that the use of children and youth for sexual acts is abuse and is inherently

                                                                                                   Preventing sexual exploitation is an important goal that many services in BC work toward
                                                                                                   through education and action. Knowledge about specific risk factors and how they interact in
                                                                                                   the lives of youth can help with designing programs for youth and their families. Prevention
                                                                                                   programs are needed to educate youth and communities about how sexual exploitation happens.
                                                                                                   Without intervention, these children and youth are at far greater risk of:
                                                                                                   •	violence,	including	abusive	relationships,	sexual	assault	and	homicide	
                                                                                                   •	sexually	transmitted	diseases	
                                                                                                   •	gang	involvement
                                                                                                   •	early	pregnancy	
                                                                                                   •	mental	health	difficulties	
                                                                                                   •	academic	difficulties	
                                                                                                   •	involvement	with	the	child	welfare	and	criminal	justice	systems	
                                                                                                   •	long-term	dependence	on	social	services	and	government	assistance	
                                                                                                   •	raising	children	who	are	much	more	likely	to	repeat	the	same	cycle	

While youth may not use the term “sexual exploitation” to talk about involvement in the sex        The commercial sexual exploitation of children is estimated to be a multi-billion dollar
trade, this is the way it is framed under the law. Many sexually exploited youth face realities    industry, drawing in over 1 million children each year worldwide.
of drug use, homelessness, past trauma, and other factors which have lead them into the              M
                                                                                                   •		 ost	of	the	children	exploited	in	the	sex	trade	are	between	the	ages	of	13	and	18,	although	
survival sex trade. Other youth may have no such history and may have been lured, tricked or         there is also evidence of children younger than 5 being sexually exploited.
forced into being sexually exploited. Regardless of their personal history and life experience,
it is important to respect the identities of these youth while also recognizing that any sex act   •	“Sex	tourism”	has	been	documented	in	Southeast	Asia,	North	America	and	Eastern	Europe.
between youth and adults is abuse.                                                                   A
                                                                                                   •		 	large	portion	of	child	prostitutes	catch	sexually	transmitted	diseases	(including	HIV/AIDS),	
Internationally, some sexually exploited children and youth are victims of human trafficking,        are forced to have abortions, and suffer serious psychological trauma.
that is, they have been moved across borders through force or coercion for the purposes of           M
                                                                                                   •		 any	circumstances,	such	as	poverty,	lack	of	education,	and	parental	pressure,	force	
sexual exploitation.                                                                                 children into the sex industry.
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                                                          Community Against Sexual Exploitation of Youth:
                                                                      Sexual Exploitation Toolkit:
                                                             Children of the Street Society:
                                                                       Child Rights Information:

                                                                                                          Saanich Police: 250.475.4321
For an emergency call 911                                                                            
School Liaison
The Municipality of Saanich is home to 48 public and private schools from Kindergarten
through to University – by far the biggest denomination of educational facilities on the Island.
The Saanich Police recognizes this and has devoted five police officers to liaise with Saanich
Schools on a full-time basis. These School Liaison Officers are each responsible for 8 to 10
schools. Their role is to build a positive working relationship with school administrators,
teachers, students and parents. This connections breaks down perceived barriers and
opens lines of communication and education. A number of programs are offered to students
throughout the year and cover a wide array of topics.
This program was developed by the Rock Solid Foundation and the Department of
Psychology at the University of Victoria. It teaches students strategies for dealing with
bullying and is aimed at Kindergarten through Grade 3. The WITS acronym stands for
Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out and Seek Help.
This is a follow up program developed to target Grade 4 and 5 students. LEADS takes children
into the next level of conflict resolution by teaching them to help out others. They learn how
to identify a problem then help to mediate a solution. By reinforcing simple and consistent
messaging, children are empowered to not only help themselves but to show empathy and
leadership to those around them. LEADS stands for Look and Listen, Explore Points of View,
Act, Did It Work and Seek Help.                                                                                                                             School Liaison Officer Cst. Kim Basi teaching W. I. T. S.

                                                                                                         Bike Rodeo
                                                                                                         In the spring this program starts up with most, if not all, elementary schools participating.
                                                                                                         It gives children an opportunity to have one-on-one contact with a police officer, to have
                                                                                                         their bikes and helmets checked for safety, and to then show off their bicycle handling skills
                                                                                                         as they ride through a small course.
                                                                                                         For high school students, our School Liaison officers participate in a drinking and driving
                                                                                                         program called Preventing Alcohol Related Trauma in Youth (PARTY). This is a half-day session
                                                                                                         delivered at the Victoria General Hospital. Students hear from a number of guest speakers
                                                                                                         (including police, paramedics, nurses, physicians, rehabilitation staff and injury survivors)
                                                                                                         about the consequences of risky behaviour usually associated with the use of drugs and
                                                                                                         alcohol. Students follow the path of a trauma patient from the time of injury until discharged
                                                                                                         from hospital. This program is structured to highlight the reality of making poor choices while
                                                                                                         emphasizing the potential catastrophic effects on themselves, their families, their friends and
                                                                                                         their community as a whole.
                                                                                                         Beyond helping to educate students, our School Liaison section offers a visible, approachable
                                                                                                         and personal link between police and the school community. A significant amount of time is
                                                                                                         spent just being with the kids – kicking a soccer ball around at recess or hanging out in the
                                                                                                         hallway during lunch. Through this relaxed interaction, barriers are broken along with the
                                                                                                         notion of us versus them. Police become real people who understand and can relate to the
                                                                                                         issues facing kids nowadays. It is a win-win relationship and one of which the Saanich Police
                                                                School Liaison Officer Cst. Brad Walsh
                                                                                                         is very proud.
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                 by the Saanich Police School Liaison section,
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                                                                                                                      Saanich Police: 250.475.4321
    For an emergency call 911                                                                                    
Halloween Safety
Halloween – October 31:
Kids of all ages, young and old, watch the calendar months flip by in anticipation of Halloween.
The word Halloween was originally spelled Hallowe’en and is really a shortened form of All
Hallows’ Even.
Trick-or-treating is a common activity during the early hours of All Hallows’ Even. Kids of all
ages dress as monsters, ghosts and goblins, skeletons, witches, super heroes or favourite
characters from movies or television.

                                                                                                         Ten Halloween Safety Tips To Ensure All Have a Safe Halloween
                                                                                                         1. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
                                                                                                         2. Children should wear clothing that can easily be seen at night. Retro-reflective
As with most nighttime activities, some risks are involved with Halloween celebrations and activities.      materials are best.
And as with most things, there are safety tips and precautions for trick-or-treaters of all ages.
                                                                                                         3. Children should trick-or-treat in one well-known area and not wander into
The Saanich Police are asking for parents and guardians of young trick-or-treaters to watch                 unknown neighborhoods.
over their children this Halloween. Older kids should be reminded of the basic safety rules and
etiquette when approaching another person’s home.                                                        4. All candy should be inspected by an adult to make sure that no one has
                                                                                                            tampered with it. If it looks suspicious, the police should be contacted.
                                                                                                         5. Children should avoid stray animals.
                                                                                                         6. Children should wear masks that do not interfere with vision. Better yet, they
                                                                                                            can avoid masks by wearing makeup.
                                                                                                         7. Children should watch for moving vehicles when crossing streets.
                                                                                                         8. Costumes should be short enough that the child will not trip.
                                                                                                         9. Trick-or-treaters should dress appropriately for the weather and carry a flashlight.
                                                                                                         10. For extra safety, organize a Halloween party for children in your neighborhood.

When you decorate your home, you signal to other trick-or-treaters that your household is                For more information on Halloween Safety please visit the following websites.
celebrating Halloween. To minimize risk to visiting ghosts and goblins, homeowners should
                                                                                                         Safe Canada: or Canada Safety Council:
remove all objects on the approach to your door that children could trip or fall over. Leave
your light on so that the trick-or-treaters can see and that they know they are welcome on
this special eve.
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FIREWORKS BYLAW:                                                       •  People under 18 years of age are prohibited from                   1                       2
In response to the injuries and damage sustained by fireworks and         discharging or possessing fireworks.
firecrackers in Saanich, the amended bylaw is now in effect which      • The discharge of fireworks is permitted only between
directs the following:                                                    5pm and 10pm on October 31st.
• The sale of fireworks is prohibited within the Municipality.         •	 Permits to discharge fireworks must be obtained before
• The sale, distribution or discharge of firecrackers is prohibited.      12 noon on October 30th.

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                                                                                                                                      Saanich Police: 250.475.4321
  For an emergency call 911                                                                                                      
Youth Investigations
The Saanich Police has a designated “Youth Investigations” team
comprised of four plainclothes Constables. This team is supervised
by Sgt. Colleen Kerr.
The Youth Investigations unit was created in 1979 to deal
specifically with files involving youth between the ages of 12 to
18. Youth Investigators, in consultation with the Uniform Division,
routinely design creative plans that target problem areas involving
youth. These areas can include busy malls, public parks and
schools that require an increased police presence to prevent the
proliferation of crime.
                                                                                           Sgt. Colleen Kerr
As well, the Youth Investigation section routinely liaises with other
community groups, including:
•	the	Victoria	Boys	and	Girls	Club
•	Victoria	Youth	Probation
•		 he	John	Howard	Society,	which	includes	participating	in	Forums	set	up	through	the	
  Restorative Justice Program
•		 he	Ministry	of	Children	and	Family	Development,	which	includes	assisting	in	the	
  apprehension of children deemed to be in need of protection
The Youth Investigators are looked upon as the “experts in the field” when it comes to youth-
related investigations. All members of the Saanich Police consult with Youth Investigators to
enhance their investigations. Advice is sought and guidance is provided to ensure that the
youths involved in crime are dealt with in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

                                       Youth Investigators Cst. Damian Kowalewich and Cst. Kathleen Murphy
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                                                                                      visit the following sites:
                                                                          Restorative Justice Infonet -
                                                                             Department of Justice -
                                                                           Youth Justice of BC -
                                                               The John Howard Society of Victoria -

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Saanich is a Safe Community
People tell us that they:                                                       Crime Rate Trends 2008*                               Saanich
                                                                                                                                                                   BC Police Case Burden Comparisons 2008*
                                                                                                                                      BC Municipal Forces
•	Want	to	feel	safe	in	their	homes                                                                                                                                                                                      Criminal         Case

•	Want	to	have	confidence	that	their	property	is	safe                                                                                                               Jurisdiction Population Strength                      Code          Burden

•		 ant	to	feel	that	they	and	their	families	are	safe	when	
                                                                                                                                                                    Independent 1,247,961

  they are driving                                                                                                                                                                                        2,294          106,329           46
                                                                                                                                                                    Police Forces

•		 ant	to	know	that	their	children	can	walk	to	school	in	safety
                                                                                                                                                                    Saanich       113,209                      149        5,842            39

•		 ant	to	know	that	they	and	their	families	can	go	about	their	                                                                                                    Police
  day-to-day activities in safety

                                                                                         2004        2005          2006        2007         2008                   “Case Burden” is defined as the number of Criminal Code
We are listening and are committed to Keeping Saanich Safe.                                                                                                        offences (excluding traffic offences) per authorized police
                                                                                Crime Rate Comparison*                                                             strength. High case burdens can mean that police activity
Policing Per Capita Cost Comparison*                                                                                                                               becomes largely reactive or incident driven. Lower case burdens
                                                                                 BC Municipal Police Forces                    Crime Rate 2008                     permit officers to place greater emphasis on crime prevention
BC Police Forces                      Per Capita Cost                                                                                                              and proactive police activities, and spend time developing
                                                                                 Saanich Police                                        52                          and implementing durable solutions to citizen concerns and
Saanich Police                               $205                                                                                                                  local problems.
                                                                                 BC Averages                                           76
Independent Municipal Police                 $299                                                                                                                  * Source: Police Services Division, British Columbia Ministry
                                                                                “Crime Rate” is defined as the number of Criminal                                    of Public Safety and the Solicitor General, BC Policing
“Policing Costs” are demonstrated as cost per capita calculated                 Code offences (excluding traffic offences) per 1,000                                 Jurisdiction Crime Trends, 1999 – 2008
by dividing total annual police budget by resident population.                  population. Crime rates are based on statistical totals,                           To view the BC Police Services source documents in their
Saanich policing costs compare very favourably nationally                       not mathematical averages. The crime rate in Saanich                               entirety go to:
and provincially.                                                               compares very favourably provincially and nationally.
                                                                                                                                                                   Saanich continues to be an exceptionally safe community.
* Source: Police Services Division, British Columbia Ministry                   * Source: Police Services Division, British Columbia                               Not only does Saanich have the lowest crime rate of
  of Public Safety and the Solicitor General, Police Resources                    Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General,                             comparable municipalities in BC, but one of the lowest
  in British Columbia, 2008                                                       BC Policing Jurisdiction Crime Trends, 1999 – 2008                               of all municipalities in the region, province and country.

                                      Morning muster in the Uniform Division                    A/Sgt. Jennifer Maher working on her MDT             Records staff Ms. Darlene Rainey and Ms. Gladys Lindsay         Quartermaster Mr. Kevin Nunn
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Did you know that the Police Services web site contains an extensive
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library of police statistics? If you want more details on the statistics
 pertaining to the Saanich Police, please go to
    police_services and click on the “Reports and Statistics” link.

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                                                                                                                                 January 3, 2011:
      Boxing Day                                                                                           New Year’s Eve   School back in session

                                                                                                               Saanich Police: 250.475.4321
For an emergency call 911                                                                                 
Reporting an Incident to the Saanich Police
Help us keep Saanich safe by reporting dangerous, suspicious or illegal activities to the police.                              USEFUL NUMBERS
We rely on the eyes and ears of the community to help keep Saanich Safe.                                                       FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE OR TO REPORT A CRIME IN PROGRESS CALL 911
                                                                                                                                 Saanich Police                                 250-475-4321
For urgent assistance call 911                                 Reporting driving complaints
                                                               or suspected impaired drivers. Please take note of:               Saanich Fire                                   250-475-6111
The 911 emergency number often becomes a person’s
lifeline and should be used to report:                         •	 Time	and	date                                                  Saanich Pound                                  250-475-4321
•	 A	crime	that’s	in	progress	or	about	to	occur                •	 Vehicle	description                                            Saanich Public Works                           250-475-5599
•	 Any	situation	where	serious	injury	can	occur                •	 Licence	plate	number                                                                                          1-800-222-TIPS /
                                                               •	 Number	of	occupants                                            Crime Stoppers
•	 Any	suspicious	activity	in	progress                                                                                                                                          1-800-222-8477
•	 Any	situation	where	an	ambulance	or	firefighting	           •	 Description	of	driver	and	occupants
                                                                                                                                 NEED Crisis Line                               250-386-6323
   apparatus is required                                       •	 Roads	and	weather	condition
                                                               •	 What	you	saw                                                   Women’s Sexual Assault Centre                  250-383-3232
To report a non-emergency                                      •	 Direction	of	travel                                            Victim Services                                250-995-7351
To report a non-emergency that has occurred in Saanich,                                                                          Ministry of Children and Family Development:
call 250-475-4321 or report in person at 760 Vernon            If you file a police report, or are a witness or a                                                               250-952-6062
                                                                                                                                 Child Protection Services (ages 0-12)
Avenue. We are always open.                                    victim, the Saanich Police may ask you to write a                                                                250-953-3711
                                                                                                                                 Youth Services (ages 13-19)
                                                               statement. Your statement may be a critical part                                                                 250-952-4073
                                                                                                                                 Aboriginal Services (all ages)
To report an ongoing situation                                 of the police investigation. By taking the time to
                                                               write a good statement you can help the Saanich                   Better Business Bureau                         250-386-6348
Create a log and make entries every time you witness
an example of the behaviour (e.g., harassing phone             Police problem-solve effectively and in doing so, you             SPCA                                           250-388-7722
calls, threats, suspicious activity at a house in your         will play an important part in keeping you and your
                                                                                                                                 ICBC Dial-A-Claim                              1-800-910-4222
neighbourhood).                                                family and property safe.
                                                                                                                                 UVic Campus Security                           250-721-6683
                                                                                                                                 Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU)             250-380-6176
 The Saanich Police are committed to a service standard founded on the principal that “no call is too small.”
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