Media Releases

Stats for the Christmas Counterattack season show dramatic results! Saanich Police Counterattack ran from November 19th through to January 3rd. 

A total of over 10,000 vehicles went through this year's roadblocks.  Here are some of the highlights.

Roadside breath tests: 32

Passed= 28

Fail= 1

Warned= 2

Suspensions for drugs= 3

Violation tickets= 78

Warning tickets= 99

Vehicle impoundments= 1

Saanich Police are happy to report that there were no impaired driving arrests during Counterattack this year. Anecdotes from officers working stated that there were a high number of designated drivers and alternative travel arrangements.

Unfortunately there were 10 drivers charged for Impaired Driving by our Patrol and Traffic Safety Unit members during the month of December.



Just before 3pm today, Saanich Police were contacted by a caller requesting police assistance to a residence in the 3900 block of Cadboro Bay road. Upon arriving, Patrol officers located two deceased persons inside the residence.

There has been no determination regarding the cause of death at this time. No details about the deceased individuals are being released pending all notifications.

The residence and a significant part of the neighbourhood remains behind crime scene tape. 

At present, investigators on scene include Forensic Technicians, Major Crimes Detectives, Patrol and Traffic Safety Unit officers.

The 3900 block of Cadboro Bay road remains closed and will be through the night. There is a local detour for traffic in the area.

Nobody has been arrested in this matter and the Saanich Police are not seeking anybody at present.

Further information is not anticipated until tomorrow.  



On January 8th at about 11:30pm, a fire was reported at Frank Hobbs school on Haro road.

A person, gender unknown, was seen tampering with the dumpster outside the school. They were seen to lgnite something in the bin and then flee.

The bin, later found to be a recycle bin, became fully involved and was extinguished by Saanich Fire Department.

A Police Service Dog was used to track from the scene, but the suspect managed to escape.


* unknown race or sex

* 5'9"-5'11"; 16-20 years

If anybody knows anything about this arson they are encouraged to contact the Saancih Police Department at 250-475-4321 or Crimestoppers.



Yesterday at about 3:30pm an off-duty Saanich Police officer witnessed what he thought was a break-in at a residence in the 4200 block of Cedar Hill rd. He immediately intervened and detained the male suspect while calling for assistance.  

The off-duty officer, a 12 year veteran, remained with the suspect until on-duty Patrol officers arrived on scene. Officers then saw the suspect throw items away at the time of his arrest.

Upon retrieving the items,  there was found to be three separate containers of a crystalized substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine. There was also a coke can which was belived to have GHB inside it.

Investigation by on-duty Patrol officers revealed that there had been no break-in to the residence.

The suspect, a 34 year old male Saanich resident who is well known to police, was arrested and released to attend court in the near future.  A significant quantity of drugs were recovered and charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking are being considered.



On Sunday, January 9th, at about 6:40 pm, a robber armed with a large knife entered the Shell Station at 322 Burnside Road and demanded money.

The lone employee was approached by a male and a large knife was brandished in a threatening manner.  After obtaining a quantity of money, the robber then fled the area on foot.

Patrol officers responded promptly and established containment in the area. A Police Service Dog was requested and began to track the suspect away from the gas station.


* Caucasion male; 5'11"

* clean shave

* long winter jacket with the hood up

The Saanich Police are seeking information about this crime. If you know who anything about this crime please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or Crimestoppers.



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