Media Releases

The Saanich Police would like to remind everyone that COVID-19 is serious, it affects people of all ages, and it is a global pandemic.

We were very concerned to see people gathering at parks in Saanich over the week-end, as they disregarded the posted signs indicating they were closed. We can and must do better.

There is growing concern that young people can suffer serious health impacts if they contract the virus, not to mention the devastating impacts associated to the spread of the virus from them to others who may be more at-risk.

We are following the direction and orders of the Provincial Health Officer and are reminding everyone of the following:

  1. Social Distancing must be followed, as it is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak.

  2. Currently, ALL playgrounds in Saanich are CLOSED and people are reminded to avoid them. They are not safe places for you or your families to gather at.

  3. In addition, all outdoor facilities such as lacrosse boxes, tennis courts, basket and sports courts are also now closed.

We all need to do our part to get through this together. These measures may seem inconvenient, however they are temporary and will remain in place until further direction is provided.

The Saanich Police recognizes the challenging times in our community. The safety of our residents and personnel remain the top priority of the Saanich Police. 

To ensure the safety of the public and our personnel, our front counter service will be unavailable until such time the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer provides direction that would deem this service safe again. This will be effective 6pm on March 20, 2020. 

As part of our efforts to ensure that we are able to maintain operational readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking members of the public to utilize our non-emergency line. 

To Report an Incident: 

  • To report an emergency or a crime in progress, always call 9-1-1
  • Our non-emergency line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To
    report a non-emergency incident, please call 250-475-4321
  • Should you require an Officer for service, please advise the dispatcher or  officer if you have flu-like symptoms, have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 

“We thank you for your patience and understanding. Our intercom system will remain active at the front doors and our building will be staffed by SPD personnel. Anybody who seeks refuge from an in-progress situation will be granted access,” stated Sgt. Kowalewich. 

On September 29, 2018 the Saanich Police responded to the 3900 block of Carey Road for a report of a 41-year-old man suffering serious, life threatening injuries as a result of an assault. The man was identified as Shawn Campbell of Langford, BC, who died in hospital five days later from the injuries he sustained in the assault. Police did not believe that there was any risk to the public at the time, as it was believed that the victim and person(s) responsible were known to one another.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit has been investigating this file which, on Friday, culminated in the arrest of two men from Victoria; Nathan Monsour, 33 years-old and Lee Hart, 38 years-old. They are both charged with second-degree murder and are currently being held in custody for a court appearance in Victoria on Monday March 9.


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

Earlier this week, Saanich Police officers arrested 32 year old Tighson Laughren in relation to a February 14th violent home invasion investigated by Victoria Police.

Previous media releases from Vic PD: invasion/

Details of Tighson Laughren arrest:

On Sunday, March 15th, 2020 at about 2:30 p.m., a 9-1-1 disturbance call was received from an apartment building in the 200 block of Hampton Road.

Upon arrival, Saanich Police officers were busy speaking with three individuals in the ground level suite when two additional people fled out the back door and were spotted by K9 officer Const. Morin and his Police Service Dog, Grimm.

32 year old Tighson Laughren and a 26 year old woman in his company were quickly taken into custody by the K9 team for having a number of arrest warrants.

Inside the apartment, police found and seized a loaded .22 calibre Mossberg tactical-style long rifle which was lying on the floor, under the kitchen table. The rifle was loaded with eleven .22 rounds and was ready to fire, with the safety off.

Laughren was turned over to Victoria Police officers and Saanich Police are continuing to investigate these five individuals for firearm and drug offences.

Photos of the seized rifle & magazine and Police Service Dog Grimm are attached.


PSD Grimm Saanich Police K9

22 calibre Mossberg rifle copy

Loaded magazine from rifle

The following information was released to the public on February 29, 2020:

At approximately 9:30 pm on February 27, 2020, a 17 year-old girl was approached by a man on a BC Transit bus who began engaging her in conversation. When she exited the bus, the man followed her and began to make unwanted sexual advancements towards her, including unwanted touching. The girl was not physically injured during the sexual assault and she has been offered various resources. This occurred in the area of the Royal Oak bus exchange.

The man was described as approximately 30 years old, dark complexion, 5’7”, black hair, clean-shaven, and wearing ‘skinny’ jeans. The man spoke with an accent and it is believed that English was not his first language.


On March 4, 2020 a 25-year-old woman contacted the Saanich Police to report that a man had assaulted her near a bus stop on February 26, 2020 at 10:00 pm. The man engaged this woman in conversation, followed her off the bus and began to make unwanted sexual touching. This occurred in the Quadra Street corridor.

Investigators now believe that these two incidents are related.

We are releasing a photo of the suspect and are seeking any assistance from the public in identifying the man. Of note, is that he has a prominent balding spot on the back of his head which is not shown in the released photographs. On both occasions, he got on the bus in the area of Uptown Mall.

“As we continue to investigate this file to identify the suspect, we would like to remind the public to be alert and aware of your surroundings, walk with a partner if possible, and always carry a charged cell phone.”

If you have any information about this incident, please contact us at 250-475-4321. To report anonymously, please call the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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