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:

http://www.icbc.com/road-safety/Pages/Default.aspx

Distracted driving and cell phone use information: http://www.icbc.com/road-safety/safer-drivers/Documents/distractions.pdf

 

Traffic Safety Unit Videos


Content

 

 

Experienced Canadian Police Candidates

The process involves the submission of a detailed resume along with a descriptive covering letter. The Staff Development Section is continually looking at ways to "Go Green" - therefore, we would appreciate all correspondence, including your covering letter and resume to be sent electronically to our recruiting sergeant. It's important to clearly state your reasons for applying to the SPD.  The selection process is a competitive process for experienced police officers, so it is recommended that every applicant research the Saanich Police and the Municipality that we serve.

Applicants who are currently serving with another Canadian Police Force may apply as an Exemption Candidate. To begin the application process the candidate must meet the basic requirements and should submit electronically:

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

  • Copies of any training courses completed with current police agency;

  • 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; and

  • A recent performance appraisal.

Once it has been determined that candidates meet the minimum requirements a recruiting file will be established and the candidate will be contacted by the recruiting office. Experienced Officers will be required to complete the majority of the steps of the Saanich Police Recruiting Process. Please note that police officers currently serving in the Province of British Columbia will not be required to complete the POPAT or police entrance exam. 

 

Experienced Non-Canadian Candidates

To begin the application process candidates who believe they meet the minimum basic requirements, should submit electronically:

  • 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.

As of April 2019,  tuition for Block I and Block III at JIBC increased to $11,575.93 (to be paid by applicant). Please add $150.00 for books.

The SPD currently offers a payment plan to assist new recruits. The Municipality of Saanich is willing to pay the recruit's $11,575.93 (subject to change) tuition fee up front and then collect it back through a payroll deduction over a 3 year period. This formal agreement is an option for recruits, as they do not have to participate and may deal directly with a financial institution of their choice.

While training at the Justice Institute of BC, the recruit candidate receives:

  • Probationary Constable salary

  • Paid accommodations close to JIBC

  • Daily meal allowance ($35.00 a day)

  • One round-trip ferry ride for each block of training.

The following is a list of costs you can expect to incur as a result of gathering the material you will need to submit with your application package. The estimated prices are based on the assumption that applicants are within the Province of British Columbia and are only a guideline. The Saanich Police do not offer any reimbursement for any of the costs, and you can be removed at any point during the application process.

  • Vision Exam: $100.00

  • Audiogram: $50.00

  • Standard First Aid and CPR level C: $ 85.00

  • Academic Transcripts: $25.00

  • POPAT: $65.00

 

Some of the larger police organizations offer a condensed selection process over a few days or a week.  The Saanich Police does not have the hiring needs or resources to justify this type of a recruitment process. Attempts to organize as many steps of the process during each visit will be considered, but as an out of town candidate you may be required to attend SPD on multiple occasions.

It is important to understand that the selection process is a competition. Each applicant is assessed on their basic qualifications as well as their life experience, maturity, professionalism, work experience, volunteer activities, and education. The recruiting section will be interested in when an applicant first decided to pursue a career in policing, and what that applicant has done to demonstrate this genuine interest / goal.

Applicants should note that completing Grade 12 is a minimum required standard, but applicants who have completed post-secondary education (such as a certificate, diploma or degree) will be considered more competitive during the selection process.

Applicants should also note that although the basic requirement is for a POPAT time of 4.15 or less, applicants who complete the POPAT with a faster time will be considered more competitive. Information provided by the JIBC tells us that recruits with slower times (4 minutes and over) are significantly more likely to suffer an injury in Block 1 training. 

Applicants may consider a police reserve / auxiliary program, or volunteer work with a police agency or related criminal justice agency to enhance their experience and suitability as a police constable. Any work experience that involves a position of trust or responsibility may be an advantage.

Applicants who have other community / volunteer experience, and those with significant interaction with the public may be more competitive. Applicants who are unsure of the volunteer opportunities in our community may wish to visit www.volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Although police work is similar in a variety of jurisdictions, it can also be quite different, due to demographics and population. It is important for applicants who are applying with the Saanich Police, to clearly articulate the reasons that they would like to join our organization and help keep Saanich safe. Our Strategic Plan (2018-22) is available on this website, and that might be of value when preparing your application.

The following is a behavioural competency profile that the SPD consider as a guide when assessing applicants throughout the selection process.   This list of competencies are considered critical for the successful performance of general policing duties.

 

  • Adaptability
  • Ethical Accountability and Responsibility
  • Interactive Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Problem Solving
  • Risk Management
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Teamwork
  • Written Skills

 

*A competency is an observable and measurable ability, skill, knowledge, or other attribute that contributes to successful performance on the job.

A_MG_2958

Saanich Police BMW1200RT-P

alexas2012

ICBC's SPD Alexa Team 2012

Special thanks to Baremetal.com for hosting

Baremetal