Media Releases

At approximately 7:00am on February 22, 2019, Saanich Police attended to a report of a person with a weapon inside an apartment building in the 800 block of Vernon Avenue.  The call orginated after someone heard a man in the hallway talking about someone having a firearm, which prompted calls to 9-1-1 and the fire alarm being pulled.

Due to the nature of the call and the need to ensure public safety, specialized police resources were called in to assist including the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team and K9 team, along with assistance from the Provincial Ambulance Service and Saanich Fire.  The building was locked down while officers conducted an extensive search, with residents either directed to leave or shelter in place.

Information led officers to focus on one particular apartment however after a careful entry and search of it, no one and nothing of concern was found.

"We take all calls where someone's safety may be at risk very seriously and will use whatever resources we have available to determine what has happened and to bring things to a safe conclusion" said Sgt. Julie Fast, Saanich Police Public Information Officer.

We are now satisfied that there was no one with a weapon of any kind in or around this apartment building.  One man has been apprehended under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital for assessment.

Residents have returned to their homes and all lanes on Vernon Avenue are once again open.

Sgt. Julie Fast #5


At around 9:00PM on February 18, 2019, a 20 year old man was struck by a vehicle as he walked along Admirals Road by Murray Drive. A neighbour heard a thump and when she looked outside, saw the man walking southbound on Admirals Road. The man was taken to hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

At this time, police have no information regarding the driver and vehicle involved, and are asking for any witnesses or people with information to call the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Sgt. Julie Fast #5

At approximately 10:30 this morning, the pedestrian struck on Tyndall Ave at Kenmore Rd on Saturday, February 2, 2019, succumbed to her injuries and died.  Her identity will not be released at this time as the investigation continues into the cause of this tragic crash.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family and friends.

Sgt. Julie Fast #5

Sunday, February 17th is Polar Plunge day and members of the Saanich Police, along with our partners from Victoria PD, Oak Bay PD, Central Saanich PD, RCMP, Sheriffs and Corrections, will be donning brave faces as they splash through the icy waters off Willows Beach, all in support of Special Olympics BC!

The Polar Plunge is an established fundraiser to bring the joy of sport, through quality training and competition, into the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics BC provides year-round sports programs that build strength, skills, and confidence in more than 4,800 BC athletes.

Help us raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics BC by sponsoring our team Saanich PD Chinooks, and come out at 10:00am to watch Chief Bob Downie plunge into the Pacific!

Learn more about Special Olympics BC at and the Polar Plunge at, where you can sponsor the Saanich PD Chinooks or register your own team.

See you there!

Sgt. Julie Fast #5

Saanich Police continue to investigate a pedestrian struck crash that happened at 8:30 Saturday morning, February 2, 2019 at the intersection of Tyndall Ave and Kenmore Rd.

The pedestrian, a 62 year Saanich resident, was crossing Tyndall Ave when she was struck by a vehicle travelling South. It appears she was in the crosswalk at the time she was hit.

Emergency services attended the scene and the woman was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries, where she remains in ICU. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and has been fully cooperating with investigators.

The Saanich Police Collision Analyst Team attended the scene and traffic in the area was closed for several hours as investigators gathered evidence.

If you witnessed the crash or have any information that may assist investigators, please call the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321.

Sgt. Julie Fast #5

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