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:

Distracted driving and cell phone use information:


Traffic Safety Unit Videos


On January 24, 2005, the fight against child pornography and child expolitation received a boost with the national launch of  This site provides the public with information, education and resources as well as support and referral services, to help Canadians keep themselves and their families safe on the Internet.

WHAT IS CYBERTIP.CA? is Canada's National Tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children.  It is a centralized web portal for receiving and addressing reports from the public regarding child pornography, luring, child sex tourism, and children who are exploited through prostitution. also provides the public with information, referrals and other resources to help Canadians keep their children safe while on the Internet.

Child Find Manitoba is credited with a leadership role in developing and this site is operated as one of the organization's core services.


As Canada's National tipline,'s mandate is to protect children from online sexual exploitation by:

  • Receiving and analyzing tips from the public about potentially illegal material and activities regarding the online sexual exploitation of children, and referring leads to the appropriate law enforcement agency; and
  • Providing the public with information and other resources, as well as support and referral services to help Canadians keep themselves and their families' safe while on the Internet.

If you want to report a incident of internet child exploitation, you can contact your local police department, go to, or call Toll Free: 1-866-658-9022.

What you need to know about the Freedom of Information Act.

The following are direct excerpts taken from the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act with regard to access to records in the custody and under the control of public bodies. In a nutshell, an applicant is entitled to their own personal information. Third party personal information must not be disclosed to an applicant if such disclosure would constitute an unreasonable invasion of the third party’s personal privacy.

4 (1) A person who makes a request under section 5 has a right of access to any record in the custody or under the control of a public body, including a record containing personal information about the applicant. (2) The right of access to a record does not extend to information excepted from disclosure under Division 2 of this Part but if that information can reasonably be severed from a record an applicant has the right of access to the remainder of the record.

22 (1) The head of a public body must refuse to disclose personal information to an applicant if the disclosure would be an unreasonable invasion of a third party's personal privacy.

If you have questions about the reply you received from your local police agency, you can ask the police agency to explain their response to your request. If you are still not satisfied with the explanation you are given you would be entitled to ask the Privacy Commissioner to review the decision as per section 52(1) and 53 as noted below.

52 (1) person who makes a request to the head of a public body, other than the commissioner, for access to a record or for correction of personal information may ask the commissioner to review any decision, act or failure to act of the head that relates to that request, including any matter that could be the subject of a complaint under section 42(2).

53 (1) To ask for a review under this Division, a written request must be delivered to the commissioner.
(2) A request for a review of a decision of the head of a public body must be delivered within
(a) 30 days after the person asking for the review is notified of the decision, or
(b) a longer period allowed by the Commissioner.

We are not accepting applications at this time.

Please continue to check this website for updates. 


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SPD Reserve Constables are volunteers.  They provide support to the regular police officers and provide service in community policing programs and activities.  SPD operate a "Tier 1" Reserve Constable program, which involves participating in ride-a-longs in a support role, with Police Officers.  These ride-a-longs keep the Reserves current with Saanich Police policy, procedures, and generally, how we do our job.  They keep the Reserve member familiar with the Saanich area, services and communication systems.  This ongoing experience maintains a high level of competence in case they are called upon to support the regular members.  The ride-a-long program provides the Reserve Constable with knowledge and expertise to deliver crime prevention and community policing programs to the citizens of Saanich.  Reserves are expected to participate in crime prevention and community policing initiatives such as Speed Watch, Block Watch, Graffiti Project, Strawberry Festival, Victoria Day Parade, home and business security evaluations, and a host of others.


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SPD Reserve Constables at Various Community Events



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The SPD Reserve Constable program is supervised by the Community Engagement Division.

Program Eligibility

  1. Candidates must be a resident of South Vancouver Island, either within the CRD or south of Nanaimo Regional District.
  2. The following persons may not be eligible to participate in the Saanich Reserve Constable Program; eligibility status will be reviewed and determined by the Chief Constable on a case by case basis:
    a) Persons who hold peace officer status in any other area of employment or any other volunteer service, unless employed directly by, or volunteering directly with, the Saanich Police Department, where the reserve is appointed;
    b)  Persons licensed under PISA (Private Investigator Security Act) as private investigators or who perform the same functions in an unlicensed capacity;
    c)  Persons who are employed as "security personnel" may be excluded from eligibility for the Reserve program or may be excluded from authorized Reserve activities that may give rise to a real or perceived conflict of interest. For the purposes of the Saanich Reserve Constable Program recruiting policy, "security personnel" includes private security and loss prevention officers;
    d)  Persons who have business or social activities that create a real or perceived conflict of interest.

Note: Ineligibility criteria that arise subsequent to appointment as a SPD Reserve Constable may result in release from the program. Where the ineligibility criteria relates to a SPD Reserve Constable obtaining regular employment, the employer must confirm in writing that participation in the SPD Reserve Constable program does not create a conflict of interest with the Reserve Constables employment duties and functions.

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2018 Reserves


There are a variety of duties that Reserve Constables are expected to perform. They may include, but are not limited to ride-a-longs with Patrol or Traffic members. When riding with Patrol or Traffic, the Reserve Constable is expected to perform Police activities as outlined in the Authorized Non-enforcement Community Policing and Crime Prevention Activities (Tier 1 duties) in the Provincial Reserve Constable Program Policy, mandated by Police Services Division, Ministry of Solicitor General.


Reserve Constables must commit to work a minimum of at least 16 hours each month. The hours are committed as follows:

  1. Patrol or Traffic duties;
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  2. Community Policing activities; and
  3. 2 hours for a mandatory monthly meeting.


Applicants must:

  1. Be 19 years of age;
  2. Not have a Criminal Record;
  3. Be a Canadian Citizen or have Landed Immigrant status;
  4. Have completed High School (supported by transcripts);
  5. Possess a valid Driver's Licence and satisfactory driving record; 
  6. Possess a current First Aid Certificate with CPR; and

   7.  Have good verbal and written communication skills.

Medical Fitness

Applicants must be physically fit and have a healthy lifestyle. Medical examination and certificate at the applicant's expense will be required.


Vision Standards

(i) Must be binocular and have unaided vision of not less than 20/40 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye;
(ii) Vision should be correctable with approved vision aide to a minimum 20/20 both eyes open with no one eye poorer than 20/30;
(iii) Colour vision must pass the Ishihara test or the Farnsworth D-15 test;
(iv) This minimum vision acuity is required for safe performance of policing duties if glasses or contacts are lost or displaced;
(v) Must be at least 150 degrees continuous along the horizontal meridian and 20 degrees continuous above and below fixation with both eyes open and examined together.

• Note: applicants who have had Laser Surgery must wait one month post surgery for an eye examination and have our form completed by the surgeon stating there are no adverse conditions.

Click here for Vision Examination Form

Hearing Standards

Normal hearing in each ear - documented by an Audiogram produced by your Audiologist.


All documentation to support candidate eligibility will be required during the later stages of recruiting process.


Application Process

  1. Interested applicants may wish to attend an information session prior to completing the next steps in the application process.
  2. Applicants who meet the minimum standards will be required to submit a brief covering letter explaining why you want to participate in the Saanich Reserve Constable Program, a formal resume outlining their education, work experience, references, a Driving Abstract (from ICBC - available online HERE). A current colour photo (passport style) must also be included with the resume.  Saanich Police are continually looking at ways to "Go Green" - therefore, we request all correspondence, including your covering letter and resume to be sent electronically in PDF format to The Reserve Program This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the closing date.
  3. Candidates will write the ETHOS examination. A score of 70% (70/100) is required to pass. The ETHOS exam has a three hour time limit. The modules assess the following four areas: 
    1. Memory and observation skills (20 marks)
    2. Reading, comprehension and critical thinking skills (25 marks)
    3. Summarizing skills (10 marks)
    4. Writing and editing skills (45 marks)
  4. Completion of all relevant Criminal records checks.
  5. Candidates will complete the Peace Officers Physical Abilities Test(POPAT). (pdf 65kb) () in a maximum time of four minutes and fifteen seconds.  Scheduling for the local testing will be done by the Reserve Program Director. The POPAT is a demanding, anaerobic physical test which must be completed in 4 minutes and 15 seconds (click here for the POPAT Protocol).
  6. Candidates who successfully pass the ETHOS examination and the POPAT physical testing, will be required to provide documentation as noted in Item 6 of the Qualifications.
  7. A number of interviews will be conducted during the process, prior to candidate selection for the Training.


The SPD Reserve Constable (Tier 1) training will be conducted locally in accordance with the Course Training Standards, as mandated by the BC Police Services Division, Ministry of Solicitor General.

The training will consist of approximately 160 hours of classroom instruction and physical training. The training course will be delivered over a four month period, consisting of two evenings per week and one full day on weekends. There will be a mid term exam and a final exam administered by the Police Academy prior to graduation.

Recruiting Guidelines

  1. Applications will be forwarded to applicants after receiving the applicants Cover letter and Resume. (valid email address required)
  2. There will be an information meeting.
  3. The ETHOS and POPAT will occur.
  4. Peer panel interviews will be conducted.
  5. Successful candidates will then commence training.
  6. Training requires two evenings and a full Saturday per week.
  7. Upon graduation, recruits will be sworn in as "Special Constables" for the Province of BC.

Contact Information

More information on the SPD Reserve Constable training program can be obtained by contacting Sgt. Sherry Walsh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To begin the application process candidates who believe they meet the minimum basic requirements;

  • Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Landed Immigrant Status;

  • A covering letter and complete resume (forwarded electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.);

  • A current colour passport photo (scanned);

  • Copies of any training courses completed with home department;

  • Two letters of reference:

    (i) One from a serving police officer commenting on your abilities;

    (ii) The second letter can be from another police officer or a person in your community;

  • A recent performance appraisal: and

  • The SPD does not participate in the Provincial Nominee Program.

Once it has been determined that a applicant has met the minimum requirements a recruiting file will be is established and the applicant will be contacted by the recruiting office.


Request for Application

The SPD is conscious of our responsibility to the environment, and therefore has implemented an electronic application process. All potential applicants are asked to access the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address and attach their covering letters and resumes. It is important that the covering letter clearly articulates the reasons why you are applying to become a police officer with the Saanich Police. Please ensure that all your contact information is included on your covering letter (full name, address, phone number and email). All covering letters and resumes will be reviewed and one of the following two decisions will be made:

(i) the applicant will receive a basic qualification package;

(ii) the applicant will receive a letter indicating that they are not competitive at this time.


Submission of Complete Basic Qualification package

MUST include all requested documents as outlined in the basic qualification instructions / check sheet. Applicants are asked to submit the completed package via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within 30 days of receipt. The completed package will be reviewed at which time the applicant will be advised that they will advance to the next stage of the process, or that they do not meet the minimum basic requirements.


Submission of Complete Application Package

MUST complete and submit the application package within 30 days. Incomplete packages will not be processed.



Review of Application Package

Completed by the Recruiting Sergeant. Each applicant at this stage will be contacted via email and advised if they will be continuing in the process, or reasons why they have been deferred or removed from the process.


Police Services Exemption Exam

Applicants advanced to this stage will receive an invitation to a future Police Services exemption exam date. The exam is administered at the Saanich Police building on specified dates. Applicants must achieve 70% or greater on the exam. A study guide is available through the recruiting sergeant.


Physical Testing

Applicants advanced to this stage will be contacted by the Recruiting Section, and provided a date to attend the Police Officer's Physical Ability Test (P.O.P.A.T.) and Lifestyle Evaluation. The P.O.P.A.T. is a demanding, anaerobic physical test which must be completed in 4 minutes and 15 seconds.


Screening Interview

Completed by the Recruiting Sergeant. This interview is based on all information that the applicant has provided, including the application and Lifestyle Integrity Questionnaire. This interview focuses on integrity, life and work experience.


Truth Verification Test

This is a continuation of the Lifestyle Integrity Questionnaire. It is administered by a trained, professional qualified in the use of a computerized voice stress analyzer.


Psychological Testing

Applicants are required to attend an identified Saanich Police selected psychologist office for an interview and written testing.


Staff Development Panel Interview

Applicants advanced to this stage will be contacted to attend an interview with the Inspector in charge of Staff Development, the Recruiting Sergeant, and a third Non-Commissioned Officer. This interview is based on life skills, experience and abilities of the candidate. The format is a behavioral based interview.


Background Investigation

An extensive background investigation is conducted with regards to references submitted and others. A police officer from the Detective Division contacts friends, family members, past and present employers, neighbours, and anyone else deemed necessary. Upon completion of the background investigation, applicants at this stage will have their entire applicant portfolio reviewed and analyzed by the Staff Development section.


Chief Constable Interview

Applicants identified to advance to this stage will be contacted and provided a date to attend an interview with the Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable, and/or a Senior Officer of SPD.


Occupational Health Assessment

At the expense of the SPD, applicants advanced to this stage will be contacted to attend a medical facility to ensure they are able to carry out the occupational requirements of the job.


Saanich Police Board Approval / Offer of Employment

The Chief Constable presents the Saanich Police Board with information on applicants that are being recommended for employment with SPD. The Saanich Police Board will make the final decision on the offer of employment.


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