Saanich won’t bid to police Esquimalt

RCMP, Victoria Police Department still in running to police Esquimalt

Saanich Police Department will not submit a proposal to police Esquimalt.

In a letter to Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins dated April 11, Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard said his municipality’s police service could not draft a proposal that met Esquimalt’s requirements for policing the community of 16,000.

“We feel contracting the full spectrum of police services is not consistent with our community-based policing model and might compromise the high-quality police service Saanich residents enjoy now,” Leonard wrote.

On March 3, Esquimalt issued a request for proposals on a policing model for the township to the Victoria Police Department, Saanich Police Department and RCMP E division.

 

 

Esquimalt has been policed by VicPD since 2003 after its own force amalgamated with Victoria’s.

 

 

In 2009, the police services branch of the Solicitor General’s Ministry audited Esquimalt’s contract with VicPD. It found the level of service good, but also gave the township leeway to explore other policing options.

 

 

A law enforcement advisory board formed in August last year to help provide direction for policing the community. Esquimalt spent $45,000 on the task in 2010.

 

 

Desjardins said Esquimalt residents like some aspects of the current policing model, but are looking for changes.

 

 

In forums and open houses, residents communicated a desire for a community-based policing models with more officers on foot patrol and a police department building open 24-7 in Esquimalt.

 

 

 

 

The Victoria police board and the RCMP E Division both confirmed they would submit a proposal.

 

 

Esquimalt is seeking a 10-year contract with a five-year renewal option.

The township currently pays about 15 per cent of VicPD’s $42-million budget.

ecardone@vicnews.com

 

 

 

The timeline

• March 10 – Police bodies confirm receipt of RFP

• March 17 – Site meeting with Esquimalt council, advisory board

• April 20 – RFP closes at 2 p.m.

• May 16 – Advisory board makes its recommendation to council

• June 30 – A report on preferred policing options goes to Solicitor General’s Ministry

Just Posted

More storms brewing for Greater Victoria

Police warn drivers and pedestrians to use precaution during expected rain and winds

Residential break-ins up while drug production down in West Shore: report finds

West Shore RCMP presented a quarterly report to Colwood Council this week

Capital Regional District moves pipeline to save up to 50 trees

Move comes after short but intense lobbying efforts from Grange Road residents

Victoria Police, BC Transit educate drivers on bus lanes

Cops pull over commuters using Douglas Street bus lanes

Royals split two-game series against Portland Winterhawks

Victoria WHL team won 7-4 in first of two-game set

Cannabis gift ideas for this holiday season

Put the green in happy holidays, now that cannabis is legal in Canada

POLL: Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

The rain Vancouver Island is famous for is coming down in buckets,… Continue reading

B.C. company facing 38 charges in 2017 chicken abuse case

CFIA investigation leads to 38 charges against Elite Farm Services and Ontario-based Sofina Foods

Woman forcibly confined, sexually assaulted between Creston and Cranbrook

The suspect forced the woman into her vehicle before driving along Highway 3

‘I thought I was dead as soon as I saw the gun’

Keremeos gas station attendant tells story about man with gun coming to store

John murder trial at Duncan courthouse on pause until spring

John is charged with the May 2016 murder of 20-year-old Derek Descoteau

Lantzville councillors give themselves 45-per cent pay raise

Council pay increase to take effect in 2019

‘People talk about deep sadness:’ Scientists study climate change grief

Some call it environmental grief, some call it solastalgia — a word coined for a feeling of homesickness when home changes around you.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes.

Most Read