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Saanich Police Department

Saanich Police Department
Heraldic badge of Saanich PD
Shoulder Flash of the Saanich Police
Motto Populo Serviendo
Serving the People
Agency overview
Formed 1906
Employees 199
Volunteers 35
Annual budget $22 million CDN [1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* District of Saanich in the province of British Columbia, Canada
Governing body Saanich Police Board
Constituting instrument Police ActBC
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 760 Vernon Ave
Police Constables 149
Civilians 50
Elected officers responsible
Agency executive Bob Downie, Chief Constable
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Saanich Police Department is the police force for the District of Saanich, British Columbia led by Chief Constable Bob Downie consisting of 149 sworn members, supported by 50 civilians and 35 volunteer Reserve Constables.

Saanich Police was the first police force in North America to deploy BMW R1200RT-P motorcycles, a model specifically designed for police use.[2]

Saanich Police is the first police force in Canada to use podcast for crime prevention, unsolved crimes and media updates.[3][4][5]

Saanich Police is also the first police force in Canada to have a mobile shooting range, named "Road Range", a self-contained facility to train officers with the use of firearms but unlike the traditional shooting range, it is a soundproof system in a trailer that can be deployed across the Greater Victoria region.[6][7]

In seven of fifteen years, up to 2005, the Saanich Police has had Canada's top police dog, as chosen at national championships, an unusual feat for a smaller department.[8]


Saanich Police is led by a Chief Constable, supported by a Deputy Chief Constable (Bob Downie) who oversee five divisions as outlined below:[9]

  • Uniform Division
  • Detective Division
  • Professional Standards Audits and Plans Division
  • Administration Division
  • Staff Development Division

The 9-1-1 service point for contacting the SPD is at the Saanich Integrated Police/Fire Communications Centre which was officially opened on December 11, 2008. Unlike traditional emergency communication/police dispatch centres, the centre serves the following municipalities and districts with an approximate population of 170,000 : North Saanich, Sidney, Central Saanich (collectively known as Saanich Peninsula), Oak Bay and Saanich itself.[10]

Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU)

Four Saanich police officers are seconded to the 15 member unit IRSU. IRSU is mandated to "providing intelligence led enforcement while targeting aggressive driving behaviors, reducing alcohol-related crashes and encouraging the use of seatbelts" within the Capital Regional District.[11] This unit comprises officers from Saanich, Victoria Police Department, Oak Bay Police Department, Central Saanich Police and the RCMP under an agreement with the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and they patrol in specially RCMP marked cars and are able to enforce laws outside their municipal jurisdiction.

See also


  1. ^ District of Saanich 2008 - 2012 Financial Plan
  2. ^ Chase Vehicle - Canadian Biker Magazine
  3. ^ Saanich police broadcasting podcasts
  4. ^ Saanich police use podcasting to extend long arm of the law
  5. ^ Police 2.0: New Technology Puts Police at the Forefront of Social Media
  6. ^ Speaking notes for The Honourable John van Dongen
  7. ^ Modified trailer unveiled as shooting range for Saanich police
  8. ^ "B.C. police dog best in Canada: Rogue from Saanich tops 35 other dogs for top honours", The Canadian Press, reprinted in The Province, 2005-09-28, p. A24.
  9. ^ Administrative Division
  10. ^ Saanich Integrated Police/Fire Communications Centre Officially Opened
  11. ^ Integrated Road Safety Unit

External links

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