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

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This is one of the most common schemes often perpetrated on elderly homeowners. It is a phoney door-to-door renovating company. The salesperson claims to "just happen" to be in your neighbourhood and offer a good deal on home repairs.

Don't feel pressured by these people. They may say that “the special deal is only good for today” or that “they feel the job is urgent and if not attended immediately will lead to more expensive repairs”

Ask questions and only do business when:
1. you are satisfied that you are dealing with a reputable company
2. you are convinced that you actually need the work done.

You may want to ask the person to leave their card and you will contact them if you decided you require their services. Then get a second opinion from a reputable company.

To find out about more current scams or to check out the record of any business contact the Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island.

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The SPD Traffic Safety Unit has 4 highly trained Collision Reconstructionists who are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These officers have attended hundreds of hours of training in the forensic analysis and reconstruction of collision scenes. They receive specialized training in advanced physics and mathematics in order to complete precise calculations to determine the causes of a collision.

These officers can provide expert testimony in Court based on the investigation they conducted at the scene. Using specialized equipment, such as robotic laser surveying instruments and vehicle Collision Data Recorders, these officers carefully document collision scenes. They often provide assistance to Detectives at major crime scenes.

The Collision Reconstructionists can assist with any type of collision, but are mandated to assist at collisions which may result in serious Criminal Charges, serious injuries or death. These types of collisions usually require a partial or complete closure of the roadway. But rest assured that this is necessary to complete a thorough and accurate investigation. Through the use of special instruments officers are able to document the scene in a more time efficient manner and allow the roadway to open sooner.

Within the Traffic Safety Unit, SPD maintain a corps of 8 police motorcycle officers who operate a fleet of 4 BMW R1200-RTP motorcycles. These officers are highly trained in motorcycle maneuvering and operations during an intense 80 hour course. They train regularly and are required to re-qualify their skills annually on an obstacle course.

The motorcycles add a great deal of flexibility to Saanich Police, allowing officers to move through heavy traffic to get to scenes of collisions or aggressive and impaired drivers. Motorcycle officers routinely assist Patrol officers with scene containment and assist in apprehending culprits of many types of crimes. They also afford officers additional options when it comes to observing and apprehending traffic violations, especially at dangerous intersections.

In addition to patrol duties, some Saanich Police motorcycle officers are part of an integrated motorcycle escort team with Victoria Police. These officers receive a higher level of training and assist with parades, special events and the movement of special dignitaries and Heads of State.


See the Canadian Biker Magazine Article displaying our initial purchase in 2006



 3/6 SPD 2013 Alexa's Team award recipients with TSU Supervisors and Inspector



Alexa Middelaer was a 4 year old girl who was killed by an impaired driver in May 2008. The woman who killed Alexa was later convicted of impaired driving. Since that tragic incident, Alexa's parents have dedicated themselves to reducing impaired driving to spare other families from experiencing similar anguish. That is why in 2008 they helped launch Alexa's Team.

Alexa's Team is a program that recognizes police officers in B.C. for their outstanding efforts in impaired driving investigations. To be nominated to Alexa's Team, police officers must have taken at least 12 criminally impaired drivers off the road through a Criminal Code Investigation or the Immediate Roadside (IRP) administrative process.

In 2008 there were 26 members of Alexa's Team. As of 2012 there are 355 police officers from around the province on the team who have collectively processed 32,743 impaired drivers. 2013 saw 57 police officers from across Vancouver Island recognized, 12

Congratulations to this year's Alexa's Team Members  from the Saanich Police Department: Constable Michael Bainbridge, Constable Janis Carmena, Constable Jon Cawsey, Constable Bima Ribeiro, Constable Mark Kubitza and Constable Ian Ritchie.

This scam aims to steal your account information and your money.  They look and sound like the real thing but they aren't!


How it works:


You will receive an official looking e-mail from your bank asking you to log in.  They may claim to be "updating your personal information", "investigating irregularities", conducting surveys or even threatening to suspend your account.  You are directed to follow the link which takes you to a page where you will have to enter your online banking username, password and account information.  This page will also look very official.  With your infomation entered, the scammers now have complete access to your money.

This can also be accomplished with a phone call.  Working on the same premise, you will receive a call from your bank asking you to update, verify, activate or re-activate your account.


How to protect yourself from this scam:


1.  Your bank will NEVER send you an unsolicited e-mail or phone you out of the blue, directing you to log into your account or requesting personal information.

2.  Banks and major companies usually have their own e-mails so if the e-mail is sent from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for example, it is likely a scam.

3.  If you get a suspicious e-mail, don't open it or follow any links attached to it.  Simply note who sent it (including their e-mail address) and what they are asking you to do.  Then delete the e-mail.  

4.  If you get a suspicious phone call, ask for the name and number of the person calling then hang up.  It is completely acceptable to be rude by hanging up on them.  You do not have to engage in social pleasantries with them and you do not have to answer any of their questions.  Remember you hold all the power!

5.  If you are concerned that your bank legitimately needs to speak with you, call your branch using the phone number listed in the phone book.

6.  Report all scams to your local police and to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.


Saanich Police BMW1200RT-P


ICBC's SPD Alexa Team 2012

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