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On January 5th, 2011, Saanich Police Detectives began to investigate injuries sustained to a four year old child who was brought to Victoria General Hospital.

Recently, the boy was moved to a long-term care facility. His condition has improved and he is able to speak.

The police investigation continues and it is still being treated as a criminal matter. Investigators have received all relevant medical information from VIHA regarding the child’s injures.  

Investigators have been engaged with Crown Counsel on this investigation. At this point in time no charges have been suggested nor are any anticipated in the near future.



Yet another marihuana grow-op was busted on Wednesday by the Saanich Police Street Crime Unit.

The Street Crime Unit ended a three month investigation into a marihuana grow-op at a residence in the 5900 block of West Saanich Road.  The grow-op was actually located in a full sized shipping container on the property, not in the residence.

The grow-op consisted of 26 high intensity lights and 656 plants in various stages of growth. Found inside the residence was about 10 pounds of dried marihuana valued at about $17000.00. Also found were four ounces of cocaine valued up to $10000.00 and &2600.00 cash.

Officers found an energy diversion at the residence which powered the grow-op and also heated the residence for free!

Charges are pending against a 50 year old male and a 27 year old female husband and wife. Charges include Theft, Cultivation of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.

If you suspect that there is a marihuana grow-op in your neighbourhood, you are encouraged to contact the Saanich Police or your local police department. You may notice odd hours of activity, no activity at all, strange noises or smells, any of which may be an indication or a grow-op.




The Saanich Police Major Crimes Detectives, with the assistance of the Central Saanich Police and Lower Mainland municipal IHIT members, continue their investigation into the RCMP involved shooting which occurred March 2nd in Surrey.

Yesterday, late in the day, the autopsy of the deceased, Adam Brian Purdie, was completed. The autopsy concluded that death was as a result of a gun shot wound.

The investigation is continuing over the weekend. Many civilian and police witnesses have already been interviewed.  

We now know more details about how this incident unfolded. The initial traffic stop of Adam Purdie by an RCMP officer happened at 16th ave and Best st. in south Surrey, near Peace Arch Memorial Hospital. The officer observed an assault rifle in the white Chrysler 300 driven by Purdie, as the vehicle fled the scene.

Purdie’s Chrysler 300 then contacted a spike belt deployed by an officer at the intersection of Highway #10 and the King George Highway. The Chrysler then collided with a red Ford Escape. The Ford Escape left the roadway and drove over a bus shelter.

Purdie’s Chrysler 300 was then deliberately contacted by an RCMP vehicle. It was forced to the side of the roadway leading to the lethal force encounter.

One of the occupants of the red Ford Escape was taken to the hospital with minor injuries as a result of the collision and was later released.



Yesterday afternoon, Patrol and Traffic Safety Unit members again conducted enforcement at the Trans Canada Highway at Saanich road. Once again, several seat belt and cell phone tickets were issued.

From 12pm-2pm yesterday, Uniformed Division officers were stationed at the Trans Canada Highway at Saanich road to monitor the intersection.

A total of 23 tickets were issued, as follows:

- 10 for cell phone use

- 10 for seat belts

- 2 violations for both cell phone use and no seat belt

“Considering all the publicity surrounding cell phone use, we are still shocked at the numbers. We will continue to vigorously enforce this legislation,” says S/Sgt. Terry Parker, NCO in charge of the Traffic Safety Unit.

Similar enforcement projects will be conducted on a daily basis in Saanich at a variety of locations in the near future. The fine amount for both not wearing a seat belt and using a cell phone is $167.00



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