Media Releases

The Saanich Police Department (SPD) is proud to announce a new partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC), and Dr. Tim Black and Alex Sterling of the University of Victoria (UVic) to provide mental health support for all of its employees. This collaborative arrangement will see SPD share resources and consider referring their members in need of support to programs offered by Wounded Warriors Canada.

Wounded Warriors Canada is a national charity that provides mental health support for workplace-related trauma and operational stress injuries to veterans, first responders and their families.  Partnerships with WWC and first responders have been quickly growing across the country.

In the fall of 2019, the Saanich Police Department became the first police agency in British Columbia to begin providing Trauma Resiliency Training (TRT) to its members, and anticipates that this announcement will help pave the way for other agencies across the province to access these valuable resources. This training is viewed as a key component in enhancing the trauma resiliency and wellness of all staff exposed to psychological hazards in the workplace.

The Trauma Resiliency Training (TRT) is a unique trauma education and training program for trauma-exposed professionals, created by Dr. Tim Black and Alex Sterling, RCC, at the University of Victoria, who also facilitated the sessions hosted by the Saanich Police Department. Dr. Black, is an Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria, is the WWC National Clinical Advisor and a Registered Psychologist and Alex Sterling is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and the Manager of Student Life at the University of Victoria.  The Central Saanich Fire Department was kind enough to provide the venue for this training, which allowed SPD to invite police officers, firefighters, and civilian staff from our valued first responder partner agencies to participate in this training.

“The Saanich Police Department is deeply committed to the health and wellness of our staff and providing them with the training and resources they require to respond to psychologically demanding calls for service in the community,” said Chief Constable Scott Green. “Through these types of strategic partnerships, we can better prepare our members to remain resilient in the face of adversity, ensure the safety of the public, and maintain our commitment to the highest standards of police service for our community.”

Media Contacts:

Markus Anastasiades  Saanich Police Department    250-475-4337  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Suzanne Ahearne       University of Victoria             250-721-6139  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matt Wocks                Wounded Warriors Canada                           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.partnerships

Saanich Police are investigating after witnesses observed a red SUV crash into the storefront of KuKu’s Restaurant on Burnside Rd West near Harriet Street.

The incident occurred on December 4, 2019 around 8:45 in the morning. The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle and was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The vehicle was believed to be heading southbound on Burnside Road West, when it suddenly veered across the road, onto the sidewalk, crashed into the front of the restaurant and then came to rest in the parking lot of 7-11.

Fortunately, the restaurant was closed and nobody was inside. Also, no pedestrians or other vehicles were struck. Saanich Municipal crews were on scene to investigate if the structure of the building was compromised and we are asking for the public to avoid the area until both investigations are complete.

At this point we are treating this as a medical incident, as neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor and the driver is cooperating fully.


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

*** Located** Robyn Coker-Steel has been located safe and sound. Thank you.

Saanich Police are seeking assistance in locating 17 year old Robyn Coker-Steel.

Robyn was reported missing from her residence in Saanich on the night of November 22nd. Robyn identifies as a Metis female, has short brown hair and was last seen wearing black leggings and a grey hoodie.

If you think you have seen Robyn or may know where she is, please contact the Saanich Police non emergency line at 250-475-4321.

Cst. Kay #298

File 19-29040 

A local man known to police to be violent and who had outstanding warrants issued for his arrest for failing to attend court yesterday in Victoria, was arrested by the Saanich Police late last night. 

Just before 11:00 p.m. Saanich Police were called to the 3500 blk of Shelbourne Street to investigate a report of a vehicle that was parked in the area. The vehicle was believed to have been stolen from the Esquimalt area just an hour earlier.

While containing the scene, a Saanich Police officer located a group of males walking nearby. During conversation, additional Saanich and Victoria officers attended and recognized one of the men as Matthew Neely, whom they were aware had outstanding warrants.

Neely then ran from police but was quickly caught and taken into custody. He was later transported to the Victoria Police Department to be held for morning court. The stolen vehicle was recovered and charges are being considered.

This arrest highlights a timely investigation and collaboration by both the Saanich and Victoria Police to apprehend an offender that has fled from police previously and posed a significant risk to the public.


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communication Officer

Last week, Saanich Police made two separate traffic stops within 24 hours that led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle, drugs, and prohibited weapons.

On November 18, 2019 just before 2:30 p.m officers of the Traffic Safety Unit were patrolling in the 3400 block of Saanich Road in a police vehicle equipped with an automated licence plate reader (ALPR). The system alerted them to a stolen vehicle. They arrested a male driver and female passenger at the scene, which then led to the discovery of drugs believed to be fentanyl and cocaine, as well as bear spray and a taser.

The next day, just before 1:30 p.m., one of the same officers was again patrolling using the ALPR, this time in the 4000 block of Quadra Street. A male driver was arrested for driving while prohibited, drugs and weapons were discovered by police, this time believed to be fentanyl and crystal methamphetamine, along with bear spray and brass knuckles.

In the first instance, the vehicle was seized and later returned to the registered owner. The driver was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act and charges are being investigated for the drugs and weapons.

The second driver was charged for Driving While Prohibited under the Motor Vehicle Act, the vehicle was impounded and the charges related to the drugs and weapons are also being investigated further for the consideration of charges.

There does not appear to be any connection between the two traffic stops.

“The ALPR technology continues to be an effective investigative tool that our officers are using to improve road safety, reduce crime and increase patrol efficiency,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades.


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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