Media Releases

Over this past summer, Saanich Police asked the community for feedback on our strategic plan as part of our overall work evaluating the Plan and its impact. We asked stakeholders for input on the quality and usefulness of the plan to them, and what they would like to see in the plan in future.

More than 250 community members responded.  You can find the report outlining the findings HERE.

Some highlights of findings from those who had read the plan include:

  •      72% said it was “very high quality” or “high quality” (25% were neutral)
  •      67% said it was “very useful” or “useful” (28% were neutral)
  •      77% indicated that the plan increased their understanding of the Saanich Police (18% were neutral)
  •      65% thought based on the content, Saanich Police understood their or their organization’s needs (30% were neutral)
  •      68% indicated that the information in the plan increased their confidence in Saanich Police (29% neutral)
On October 1, 2019, at 1400 hours, a concerned resident called Saanich Police to report there was an extremely intoxicated male yelling at people at Gyro Park.
The first police officer on scene began to communicate with the male; however he became confrontational and unexpectedly punched the officer. The officer was required to call for further officers to assist. During that time, the officer was assaulted again by the male (kicked) and threatened.
Various officers arrived (including the Oak Bay Police) and took the male into custody. The Saanich officer was injured during the incident and will miss subsequent shifts as per the doctor’s orders.
“This call is a reminder of the unpredictability our officers face in policing. We will ensure our member receives the appropriate resources for his recovery,” stated D/Sgt. Kowalewich.
A 35 year old Saanich man was held in custody to appear before a Judge. He has been charged with Assaulting a Peace Officer and Uttering Threats and is scheduled to appear in court today.
D/Sgt. Damian Kowalewich
The Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit and Detective Division are investigating a serious collision between a pickup truck and motorcycle that happened at approximately 1700 hours on September 30, 2019, in the 4000 Block of Prospect Lake Rd. Tragically, the male driver of the motorcycle died at the scene.
Investigators are working to determine the events leading up to the crash and our TSU Collision Analysts and Forensic Identification officers attended to collect evidence. The driver of the truck was uninjured and Police have been in contact with him.
The BC Coroners Service were also notified and are conducting their own concurrent and independent investigation to determine how the male involved in the crash came to this death. The family of the deceased has been notified and Victim Services have been brought in to provide support for all those impacted.
“This is a terrible crash that has taken a life. Our sincerest condolences are extended to the family and all those involved,” said D/Sgt. Damian Kowalewich, Saanich Police.
D/Sgt. Damian Kowalewich
 
The Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit and Detective Division have made advancements in their investigation involving a serious collision involving a motorcyclist and pickup truck on September 30, 2019, in the 4000 Block of Prospect Lake Rd. Tragically, the male driver of the motorcycle died at the scene.
From our investigation to date it would appear that the manner in which the motorcycle was being driven and the mechanical condition of that motorcycle are the principle contributing factors in the crash. It is unfortunate that another driver was involved. The actions of that driver do not factor into the cause and we thank that driver for their cooperation and assistance.
While our investigation continues, the focus is not criminal and charges are not being considered. Road conditions are not being considered as factors in this specific crash.
"Our condolences are extended to the family, friends and all those involved," stated D/Sgt. Kowalewich.
D/Sgt. Damian Kowalewich

A update from E-Comm 911 regarding Non-Emergency Call Wait Times.

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