The mandate of the Traffic Safety Unit is to improve road safety within the Municipality of Saanich. The Section is committed to reducing the number of serious crashes in Saanich through intelligence led enforcement. There are currently 16 members assigned to Traffic Safety Unit, who operate marked and unmarked vehicles and BMW police motorcycles.



Members of the Traffic Safety Unit are responsible for:

Criminal Code driving offences
Enforcement of the Motor Vehicle Act and Municipal Bylaws
Investigation of serious motor vehicle crashes
Investigation of hit and run crashes and driving complaints


Please visit the following ICBC websites for important information about safe driving and other

Campaigns and Promotions:

http://www.icbc.com/road-safety/Pages/Default.aspx

Distracted driving and cell phone use information: http://www.icbc.com/road-safety/safer-drivers/Documents/distractions.pdf

 

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Effective Monday, June 15, 2020 we have resumed processing Police Information Checks and Police Information Check - Vulnerabe Sector Applications

There are guidelines established according to WorkSafe BC requirements.  Please refer our website page, "SPD Information Checks."

 

  • We police a great community - and we enjoy a strong connection to that community. Our Block Watch program covers 10,700 homes, our School Liaison Officers serve 48 schools, and we have 1,125 volunteers serving Saanich through our Reserve Program, Block Watch, Ace Team, and student volunteers. Our community survey results show a 96% satisfaction rate, and policing a supportive community is rewarding.
  • We are large enough to offer opportunities - We are a large enough department to offer career opportunities and development (161 sworn members policing a population of 114,000 residents, dealing with more than 30,000 calls for service each year). We have opportunities in specialist sections such as bikes, canine section, dive team, schools, forensic identification, collision investigators, street crime unit, traffic safety, emergency response team and more.
  • We are small enough to care with 161 sworn members and 60 civilian support staff there are no strangers in our team; we all know each other, from constables up to the senior executive team. We value the contribution that each person makes, whether sworn members or civilian support staff. We look out for each other and support each other. When you join our team you are more than just a number.
  • We integrate with all policing partners - We have 17 police officers and 4 civilian staff members working in integrated units at the federal, provincial and local level. There are great opportunities to specialise in a variety of policing roles, dealing with issues such as road safety, homicide investigations, mobile crisis response, regional domestic violence, child exploitation and more.  
  • We are committed to employee wellness and development - We support a healthy and appropriate work-life balance for all of our employees and continue our focus on physical and mental health of staff. We provide training opportunities and mentorship to support competency and career development.
  • We value and embrace diversity - Supporting diversity increases our ability to deal with the wide range of issues facing Saanich community members. Our staff are valued for their authentic selves; we value diverse capabilities, perspectives and thought.
  • We offer a competitive salary - starting at $70,150 and increasing to $100,214 after 4 years. You will be paid from day one, including the time that you will spend at the Justice Institute on Block 1 and Block 3 of your Police Academy training.

SPD aims to provide an excellent police service to our community, and we can only do that by employing the very best - If you think you have what it takes please submit your cover letter and resume today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

April 24th marks the anniversary of the murder of 31 year old Saanich Police Constable Robert Norman Barry Kirby. 

He is the only Saanich Police member to have been killed in the line of duty since our department's inception in 1906.

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On April 24th, 1960, a 44 year old psychiatric patient named Raymond Harold escaped from the Colquitz Provincial Mental Home.  This location now contains the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. The escapee quickly broke into a nearby shed, where he stole two .22 calibre rifles and had already fired upon some of the unarmed hospital staff.

Constable Kirby, known as "Barry", was working at the front desk, but he immediately joined other SPD officers and responded to the Wilkinson Road area.

Soon after he arrived, Constable Kirby formed up with Corporal Coleman as one of several search teams.  A short time later Constable Kirby was ambushed and shot in the chest by the escapee, who was hiding in some bushes about 15 feet away.  The rifle round split the top button of Constable Kirby’s tunic in two and then pierced his heart, killing him instantly.  Corporal Coleman immediately returned fire, but the shooter fled into a wooded area just off Viaduct Avenue.

About 40 minutes later, the escapee was still at large and he opened fire again, shooting an unarmed psychiatric nurse in the shoulder.  Fortunately the nurse was able to survive from his injuries.  Moments later, Constable Mycock shot and immobilized the escapee.  He was quickly arrested, but would never stand trial due to his mental state.  The escapee was later recommitted to a different institution.

At the time of his murder, Constable Kirby had served in the Royal Canadian Navy and he was a nine year police veteran who had served seven years with the St. Boniface and Winnipeg Police Departments.  Constable Kirby had been a Saanich Police officer for about two years.

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All of us at SPD remember his sacrifice. Our conference room has been named in his honour, where a display permanently resides. This is a main meeting space for SPD, and where media releases are frequently held.

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