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April 24th marks the anniversary of the murder of 31 year old Saanich Police Constable Robert Norman Barry Kirby. 

He is the only Saanich Police member to have been killed in the line of duty since our department's inception in 1906.

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On April 24th, 1960, a 44 year old psychiatric patient named Raymond Harold escaped from the Colquitz Provincial Mental Home.  This location now contains the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. The escapee quickly broke into a nearby shed, where he stole two .22 calibre rifles and had already fired upon some of the unarmed hospital staff.

Constable Kirby, known as "Barry", was working at the front desk, but he immediately joined other SPD officers and responded to the Wilkinson Road area.

Soon after he arrived, Constable Kirby formed up with Corporal Coleman as one of several search teams.  A short time later Constable Kirby was ambushed and shot in the chest by the escapee, who was hiding in some bushes about 15 feet away.  The rifle round split the top button of Constable Kirby’s tunic in two and then pierced his heart, killing him instantly.  Corporal Coleman immediately returned fire, but the shooter fled into a wooded area just off Viaduct Avenue.

About 40 minutes later, the escapee was still at large and he opened fire again, shooting an unarmed psychiatric nurse in the shoulder.  Fortunately the nurse was able to survive from his injuries.  Moments later, Constable Mycock shot and immobilized the escapee.  He was quickly arrested, but would never stand trial due to his mental state.  The escapee was later recommitted to a different institution.

At the time of his murder, Constable Kirby had served in the Royal Canadian Navy and he was a nine year police veteran who had served seven years with the St. Boniface and Winnipeg Police Departments.  Constable Kirby had been a Saanich Police officer for about two years.

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All of us at SPD remember his sacrifice. Our conference room has been named in his honour, where a display permanently resides. This is a main meeting space for SPD, and where media releases are frequently held.

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  • We police a great community - and we enjoy a strong connection to that community. Our Block Watch program covers 10,700 homes, our School Liaison Officers serve 48 schools, and we have 1,125 volunteers serving Saanich through our Reserve Program, Block Watch, Ace Team, and student volunteers. Our community survey results show a 96% satisfaction rate, and policing a supportive community is rewarding.
  • We are large enough to offer opportunities - We are a large enough department to offer career opportunities and development (161 sworn members policing a population of 114,000 residents, dealing with more than 30,000 calls for service each year). We have opportunities in specialist sections such as bikes, canine section, dive team, schools, forensic identification, collision investigators, street crime unit, traffic safety, emergency response team and more.
  • We are small enough to care with 161 sworn members and 60 civilian support staff there are no strangers in our team; we all know each other, from constables up to the senior executive team. We value the contribution that each person makes, whether sworn members or civilian support staff. We look out for each other and support each other. When you join our team you are more than just a number.
  • We integrate with all policing partners - We have 17 police officers and 4 civilian staff members working in integrated units at the federal, provincial and local level. There are great opportunities to specialise in a variety of policing roles, dealing with issues such as road safety, homicide investigations, mobile crisis response, regional domestic violence, child exploitation and more.  
  • We are committed to employee wellness and development - We support a healthy and appropriate work-life balance for all of our employees and continue our focus on physical and mental health of staff. We provide training opportunities and mentorship to support competency and career development.
  • We value and embrace diversity - Supporting diversity increases our ability to deal with the wide range of issues facing Saanich community members. Our staff are valued for their authentic selves; we value diverse capabilities, perspectives and thought.
  • We offer a competitive salary - starting at $70,150 and increasing to $100,214 after 4 years. You will be paid from day one, including the time that you will spend at the Justice Institute on Block 1 and Block 3 of your Police Academy training.

SPD aims to provide an excellent police service to our community, and we can only do that by employing the very best - If you think you have what it takes please submit your cover letter and resume today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Board's Purpose

The Saanich Police Board, comprised of volunteers, is the governing body of the Saanich Police Department (SPD) and, on behalf of the citizens of Saanich, provides independent civilian oversight and governance of SPD, including law enforcement and crime prevention.

The Chief Constable is responsible for daily policing and other operational matters. The Police Act stipulates that the Board shall not direct the Chief of Police with respect to the day to day operations of the police service.

Arms-length Relationship from Council

Municipal police boards are created independently from municipal councils and from the provincial government. This removes police boards from partisan politics and, at the same time, recognizes that both the municipality and the province have legitimate interests in municipal policing.

Composition and Term of the Police Board

Under the Police Act, a municipal police board consists of the Mayor, who is statutorily designated as Chair; one person appointed by the municipal council; and not more than seven persons appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Saanich has customarily had three provincial appointees; however, the Board was pleased to welcome two additional members in 2017. A board member's term cannot exceed six consecutive years.

Saanich Police Board Members

Mayor Fred Haynes - Chair

Ms. Mary Collins

Mr. Glen Crawford

 Ms. Linda Murray

Mr. Bawan Saravanabawan 

Responsibilities of the Police Board

The Saanich Police Board is a statutory body created under Part 5 of the Police Act and has governance and oversight responsibilities under that Act, such as:

  • Establishes a municipal police department and appoints the Chief Constable and other constables and employees, all of whom are employees of the Board.
  • Evaluates the performance of the Chief Constable.
  • Has authority to study, investigate and prepare reports on matters concerning policing, law enforcement and crime prevention in the municipality.
  • Directs, in consultation with the Chief Constable, the preparation of a Strategic Plan that sets the priorities, goals and objectives of the Department; and reviews the annual work plan in terms of meeting the priorities, goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan.
  • Oversees the preparation and implementation of the Department’s annual budget and determines the level of necessary resourcing for the Department’s operations, prior to submitting the budget to the municipal council.
  • Has authority under section 171 of the Police Act to investigate complaints made about the Department.

Financial Resources

2016-2020 Saanich Municipal Financial Plan

Related Links

BC Police Act

Police Boards

Ministry of Justice - Police in BC

Saanich Police Board Procedural Bylaw

Contact Information

Lynn George, Secretary to the Saanich Police Board
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