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

The Board's Purpose

The Saanich Police Board, comprised of volunteers, is the governing body of the Saanich Police Department (SPD) and, on behalf of the citizens of Saanich, provides independent civilian oversight and governance of SPD, including law enforcement and crime prevention.

The Chief Constable is responsible for daily policing and other operational matters. The Police Act stipulates that the Board shall not direct the Chief of Police with respect to the day to day operations of the police service.

Arms-length Relationship from Council

Municipal police boards are created independently from municipal councils and from the provincial government. This removes police boards from partisan politics and, at the same time, recognizes that both the municipality and the province have legitimate interests in municipal policing.

Composition and Term of the Police Board

Under the Police Act, a municipal police board consists of the Mayor, who is statutorily designated as Chair; one person appointed by the municipal council; and not more than seven persons appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Saanich has customarily had three provincial appointees; however, the Board was pleased to welcome two additional members in 2017. A board member's term cannot exceed six consecutive years.

Saanich Police Board Members

Mayor Fred Haynes - Chair

Ms. Mary Collins

Mr. Glen Crawford

 Ms. Linda Murray

Mr. Bawan Saravanabawan 

Responsibilities of the Police Board

The Saanich Police Board is a statutory body created under Part 5 of the Police Act and has governance and oversight responsibilities under that Act, such as:

  • Establishes a municipal police department and appoints the Chief Constable and other constables and employees, all of whom are employees of the Board.
  • Evaluates the performance of the Chief Constable.
  • Has authority to study, investigate and prepare reports on matters concerning policing, law enforcement and crime prevention in the municipality.
  • Directs, in consultation with the Chief Constable, the preparation of a Strategic Plan that sets the priorities, goals and objectives of the Department; and reviews the annual work plan in terms of meeting the priorities, goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan.
  • Oversees the preparation and implementation of the Department’s annual budget and determines the level of necessary resourcing for the Department’s operations, prior to submitting the budget to the municipal council.
  • Has authority under section 171 of the Police Act to investigate complaints made about the Department.

Financial Resources

2016-2020 Saanich Municipal Financial Plan

Related Links

BC Police Act

Police Boards

Ministry of Justice - Police in BC

Saanich Police Board Procedural Bylaw

Contact Information

Lynn George, Secretary to the Saanich Police Board
250-475-4377
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The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) is comprised of 

  • SPD
  • RCMP
  • VicPD
  • CSPS
  • OBPD

and has been established to serve Vancouver Island and the Greater Victoria area as an integrated major crime unit.

The unit's mandate includes homicides, missing persons where foul play is suspected, and unsolved homicides.

The creation of VIIMCU is intended to gain the benefits of integration, where an effective case management system will enhance communication and cooperation between the agencies in order to optimize and ensure success of major crime investigations.

The Police Board is a civilian governing body which receives its authority under the Police Act. - See more at: http://www.saanichpolice.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=208&Itemid=18#sthash.bMWbDYbo.dpuf
The Police Board is a civilian governing body which receives its authority under the Police Act. - See more at: http://www.saanichpolice.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=208&Itemid=18#sthash.bMWbDYbo.dpuf

 

Roadsign

Speed Reader Boards are electronic signs that use radar to detect the speed of an approaching vehicle.  The board can be set to:

- record the data (with nothing displayed),  or

- record the data and display the speed.

The intent of the Speed Reader Board is to gather data on the speeds and volumes of motorists in an area. This allows the Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit the ability to determine if there is a serious speeding issue in an area and deploy Officers appropriately.

The SPD Traffic Safety Unit provides the Speed Reader Board Reports, for members of the public to view, via our website.

The Speed Reader Board Reports (aka: Extended Speed Summary Reports) provide the following:

- The number of days’ data was collected over,

- The average speed,

- The average volume of motorists per day,

- The total number of vehicles speed was measured for, and

- The 85th percentile speed.

The boards gather data in one direction at a time. Doubling the volume data will give a good estimate of the total number of vehicles going in both directions.

The 85th percentile speed gives the speed at which 85% of motorists are travelling at or under. If you would like to get more information on the 85th percentile speed you can query it via your internet browser.

High risk driving behaviour, such as speeding, is a leading cause of crashes. The SPD Traffic Safety Unit ensures they’re targeting speed enforcement in designated high problem areas.  The Traffic Safety Unit will continue to conduct speed enforcement, as well as other traffic related enforcement, throughout the Municipality of Saanich.

 

If you witness a specific Motor Vehicle Act offence within Saanich, please click here or call our non-emergency number at 250-475-4321 to start a driving complaint. A complaint requires a description of the offending vehicle, a license plate number, and a statement detailing what has occurred.

Please note:
- All available Speed Reader Board Reports are published on our website
- The Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit will determine where a Speed Reader Board will be deployed

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD SPEED REPORTS (2020)
LOCATION DATE DIRECTION
Blenkinsop Rd - 4300 June NB
Cordova Bay - 5200 Blk February/March SB
Del Monte - 5100 Blk August SB
Glanford Ave - 4000 Blk June NB
Greenlea Dr - 700 Blk June EB
Helmcken Rd - 4000 Blk March/April EB
Miller Ave - 728 Blk August/September EB
Mount Douglas Cross Rd - 1500 Blk March/April EB
Pat Bay Hwy - 4000 Blk June/August NB
Quadra St - 4100 Blk March/April NB
Richmond Rd - 3500 Blk February/March SB
Roy Rd - 1000 Blk February/March EB
Roy Rd - 1000 Blk June WB
Royal Oak Dr - 1100 Blk February WB
Tyndall Ave - 4100 Blk June NB
Torquay Dr - 4400 Blk February SB
     
     

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD SPEED REPORTS (2019)
LOCATION DATE DIRECTION
Amblewood Ct - 4600 Blk August NB
Amblewood Ct - 4600 Blk August SB
Braefoot Rd - 3900 Blk  June SB
Carey Rd - 4100 Blk  May SB
Cedar Hill Rd - 3200 Blk  March/April SB
Cedar Hill Rd - 3200 Blk August/September SB
Falaise Cres - 800 Blk  January NB
Falmouth Rd - 1000 Blk   January/February EB
Glanford Ave - 4100 Blk August/September NB
Glanford Ave - 4100 Blk September SB
Glanford Ave - 4200 Blk January/February SB
Grange Rd - 4000 Blk February NB
Hartland Rd - 100 Blk February EB
Hastings St - 1300 Blk October/November SB
Lansdowne Rd - 1600 Blk January/February WB
Haro Rd - 3900 Blk June SB
Laval Ave - 1800 Blk May EB
Loenholm Rd - 1100 Blk January NB
Mayfair Dr - 1900 Blk March/April SB
McCrae Ave - 1600 Blk August EB
Mckenzie Ave - 800 Blk February EB
Oldfield Rd - 5800 Blk July NB
Penhurst Rd - 1700 Blk May SB
Prospect Lake Rd - 300 Blk September WB
Prospect Lake Rd - 4000 Blk October NB
Prospect Lake Rd - 4100 Blk October SB
Raymond St N - 4000 Blk February SB
Reynolds Rd - 1100 Blk March EB
Richmond Rd - 2700 Blk October/November SB
Royal Oak Dr - 1145 Blk August/September EB
San Juan Ave - 1800 Blk April WB
Service St - 3100 Blk January.February SB
Tattersall Dr - 1200 Blk January/February WB
Vernon Ave - 700 Blk June NB
Wallace Dr - 5700 Blk July NB
Wilkinson Rd - 4200 Blk January SB
     

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD SPEED REPORTS (2018)
LOCATION DATE DIRECTION
Allenby St - 1940 Blk July/August WB
Arbutus Rd - 2400 Blk September WB
Arbutus Rd - 2500 Blk January EB
Arbutus Rd - 2700 Blk August WB
Ash Rd - 1600 Blk March WB
Ash Rd - 1607 Blk March WB
Ash Rd - 1685 Blk June  EB
Ash Rd - 1700 Blk January EB
Borden St - 3963 Blk November NB
Burnside Rd W - 900 Blk September EB
Cadboro Bay Rd - 3700 Blk May NB
Carey Rd - 4200 Blk September NB
Cedar Hill Rd - 3400 Blk September NB
Cedar Hill Rd - 4186 Blk March SB
Cedar Hill Rd - 4300 Blk May NB
Cedar Hill Rd - 4000 Blk December NB
Cedar Hill Rd - 4000 Blk December SB
Chatterton Way - 4506 Blk July SB
Chatterton Way - 4509 Blk July NB
Church Ave - 1500 Blk May/June EB
Cordova Bay Rd - 4700 Blk August NB
Cordova Bay Rd - 4900 Blk August SB
Cordova Bay Rd - 5000 Blk February/March SB
 Darwin Av - 900 Blk  January/February EB
Del Monte Ave - 5100 Blk March SB
Del Monte Ave 5100 Blk May  SB
Del Monte SB 0800-1000 hrs May SB
Del Monte SB 1600-1800 hrs May SB
Derby Rd - 1400 Blk April WB
Dumeresq St - 500 Blk September WB
Dunsterville Av - 1200 Blk February EB
Edgelow St - 2300 Blk September WB
Emily Carr Dr - 4300 Blk February/March NB
Emily Carr Dr - 4300 Blk  February SB
Emily Carr Dr - 4394 Blk June NB
Emily Carr Dr - 4400 Blk January SB
Emily Carr Dr - 4465 Blk June/July NB
Falaise Cr - 800 Blk August EB
Fernridge Pl - 4200 Blk June EB
Glanford School Zone September SB
Gordon Head Rd - 3900 Blk September SB
Gorge Rd W - 100 Blk Jan/Feb NB
Greenlea Pl - 4300 Blk February EB
Greenlea Dr - 4400 Blk May EB
Interurban Rd - 4700 Blk March SB
Kenmore Rd - 1500 Blk October WB
Kenmore Rd - 1600 Blk September EB
Linwood Av - 3300 Blk January/February SB
Margaret St - 500 Blk September WB
Markham St - 4400 Blk February/March SB
Oldfield Rd - 5700 Blk #1
August SB
Oldfield Rd - 5700 Blk #2 August SB
Old West Saanich Rd - 5700 Blk August/September SB
Palo Alto St - 3800 Blk July/August NB
Palo Alto St - 3800 Blk July/August SB
Parker Ave - 5300 Blk July/August NB
Parker Ave - 5300 Blk July/August SB
Prospect Lake Rd - 300 Blk February/March WB
Prospect Lake Rd - 5000 Blk July SB
Quadra St - 4100 Blk February/March SB
Reynolds School Zone May/June WB
Roy Rd - 1000 Blk Feb EB
Sayward Rd - 800 Blk June EB
South Valley Dr - 3800 Blk April NB
Torquay Elementary School Zone September/October NB
Townsend Dr - 4800 Blk October/November NB
Union Rd - 1100 Blk February EB
Vernon Ave - 700 Blk April NB
Viewmont Ave - 4400 Blk August SB
West Saanich Rd - 5200 Blk January SB
Wilkinson Rd - 4200 Blk June SB
Wilkinson Rd - 4200 Blk August NB

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD SPEED REPORTS (2017)
LOCATION DATE DIRECTION
Adelaide Av - 2800 Blk July NB
Admiral's Rd - 3100 Blk  May/June NB
Admiral's Rd - 3100 Blk  May/June SB
Arbutus Rd - 2500 Blk Dec EB
Beaver Rd - 4700 Blk Oct SB
Blanshard St - 3700 Blk Aug/Sep SB
 Blenkinsop Rd - 3700 Blk July SB
Blenskinsop Rd - 4100 Blk July/August SB
Blenkinsop Rd - 4300 Blk July/August NB
Braefoot Rd - 3900 Blk Sep SB
Bodega Rd - 2900 Blk July SB
Burnside Rd W - 300 Blk Aug NB
Burnside Rd W - 900 Blk Sep EB
Cadboro Bay Rd - 3800 Blk Dec WB
Cedar Hill Rd - 3400 Blk Sep NB
Cedar Hill Rd - 3900 Blk Sep/Oct SB
Columbine Wy - 3900 Blk April WB
Cowper St - 700 Blk April EB
Darwin Av - 900 Blk July EB
Davida Av - 300 Blk Nov SB
Elliston Av - 3600 Blk Oct 2016 - Jan 2017 SB
Emily Carr Dr - 4500 Blk April SB
Feltham Rd - 1700 Blk Aug EB
 Forrester St - 1900 Blk Jan WB
Fowler Rd - 5400 Blk Nov/Dec SB
Glanford Av - 4100 Blk Sep NB
Gordon Head Rd - 3800 Blk Sep SB
Granville Av - 4000 Blk March/April NB
Granville Av - 4000 Blk March NB
Greenlea Dr - 700 Blk June/July WB
Holland Av - 4000 Blk March/April SB
Holland Av - 4000 Blk March SB
Laval Av - 1800 Blk January/February WB
Layritz Av - 4300 Blk June NB
Mann Av - 700 Blk July/August EB
Mann Av - 700 Blk July EB
Maplegrove St - 4800 Blk August EB
Markham St - 4500 Blk Dec NB
Mt Douglas X Rd - 1400 Blk Aug WB
Neil St - 1900 Blk June/July WB
Old West Saanich Rd - 5100 Blk Nov SB
Prospect Lake Rd - 4100 Blk Oct SB
Prospect Lake Rd - 4100 Blk Oct SB
Prospect Lake Rd - 5000 Blk Oct SB
Ring Rd Nov/Dec SB
Royal Oak Dr - 1100 Blk Oct SB
Saanich Rd - 4000 Blk Dec/Jan NB
Santa Clara Av - 5100 Blk June NB
Santa Clara Av - 5100 Blk May/June SB
Santa Clara Av - 5200 Blk June/July NB
 Savannah Av - 3700 Blk Oct 2016 - Jan 2017 NB
Shelbourne St - 4400 Blk August NB
Sinclair Rd - 2500 Blk Nov/Dec EB
South Valley Dr - 3800 Blk Aug NB
Sutcliffe Rd - 900 Blk March WB
Tennyson Av - 3300 Blk June/July SB
Tudor Av - 2700 Blk January/February WB
Tulip Av - 800 Blk February WB
Tyndall Av - 4300 Blk Nov SB
Vanalman Av - 600 Blk April/May NB
Vernon Av - 700 Blk Jul/Aug NB
West Saanich Rd - 5200 Blk Dec/Jan 2018 SB
Whittier Av - 3300 Blk February SB
Wicklow St - 3200 Blk Oct NB
Wilkinson Rd - 4400 Blk February/March NB
Wilkinson Rd - 4400 Blk February/March SB
     

 

Cst. Matt Morin works with PSD "Grimm", and completed the Basic Canine Training Course in Spring 2014. Cst Morin joined the SPD in November 2007.

Police Service Dog (PSD) "Grimm"
Registered Name Huck Von Der Eisspitzen
Breed German Shepherd
Date of Birth May 30, 2012
Country of Birth Canada
Personal message  Grimm loves his job and therefore it is not a job, it is a passion
Grimm has been trained as a general duty police dog and began service April 10, 2014
Asher has been trained by Cst. Thompson to be a general duty police dog. Asher finished training and started working the streets of Saanich on December 31, 2013. - See more at: http://saanichpolice.ca/index.php/about-us/uniform-division/canine-section/canine-unit/cst-aaron-thompson-and-asher#sthash.KCYrtxyp.dpuf
Asher has been trained by Cst. Thompson to be a general duty police dog. Asher finished training and started working the streets of Saanich on December 31, 2013. - See more at: http://saanichpolice.ca/index.php/about-us/uniform-division/canine-section/canine-unit/cst-aaron-thompson-and-asher#sthash.KCYrtxyp.dpuf
Asher has been trained by Cst. Thompson to be a general duty police dog. Asher finished training and started working the streets of Saanich on December 31, 2013. - See more at: http://saanichpolice.ca/index.php/about-us/uniform-division/canine-section/canine-unit/cst-aaron-thompson-and-asher#sthash.KCYrtxyp.dpuf

Cst Morin and PSD Grimm

Cst. Aaron Thompson works with PSD "Asher". Aaron and "Asher" completed their Basic Canine Training Course on December 31, 2013. Cst. Thompson joined the SPD in April 2008.

 

Police Service Dog (PSD) "ASHER"
Registered Name Axel vom haus Velipoja
Breed German Shepherd
Date of Birth January 1, 2011
Country of Birth Germany
Personal message  
Asher has been trained by Cst. Thompson to be a general duty police dog. Asher finished training and started working the streets of Saanich on December 31, 2013.

 

CstThompson PSD Asher2

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