"Dealing with Issues of Officer Conduct
and the Quality of Service that We Provide"

The Saanich Police created the Professional Standards Section in July of 1998. This section was created in response to the enactment of the Amended Police Act of 1997. The amended Act implemented a new complaint process that applies equally to all Municipal and Provincial police departments in British Columbia.  It does not apply to the RCMP. On March 31, 2010, a new Police Act came into legislation revamping the complaint procedure.

The new complaint procedure requires that all complaints be handled in a specific way. In order to ensure a consistent approach and an unbiased resolution to complaints, there is considerable documentation of every complaint that is registered. This is required to keep all parties informed of the process and its progress and to allow the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner to review each case.

The documentation and processing of complaints take time and expertise in the area. For these reasons, the Saanich Police has decided to dedicate two full-time positions to this work. The Officer in Charge of Professional Standards Audits and Plans reports to Chief Constable Scott Green, or in his absence, Deputy Chief Constable Gary Schenk or Deputy Chief Constable Dean Duthie. The Professional Standards Section process and investigate all formal Police Act complaints, and facilitates the resolution of less serious complaints through informal means.

Additional information can be found at the following sites:

Information about the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner
(this site provides information in eleven different languages)

Information about the Police Act of British Columbia
or within our website: Complaint Process

The Professional Standards Section is available Monday through Friday 08:00 AM to 5:00 PM and can be contacted at:


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The mailing address is:

Saanich Police Department
Attention: Professional Standards Office
760 Vernon Ave
Victoria B.C.

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