Media Releases

Date: July 21, 2021

File: 21-16122

 

On July 16, 2021, at 5:15 p.m. a Bike Section officer was on Carey Road when he observed a cyclist commit two Motor Vehicle Act offences. The officer stopped the cyclist, who was shortly thereafter arrested on the strength of outstanding warrants.

 

During the search, the officer located a Glock handgun that was later proven to be an airsoft gun. The cyclist also had other weapons on his person, including a folding knife and a slingshot, despite being bound by court conditions not to be in possession of any weapons. He was taken into custody and is now facing new charges for breaching conditions of his probation order.

 

“We continue to come across replica firearms, particularly those that imitate ones carried by police officers. These pose a significant safety risk to the general public, those that carry them, and any police officer responding to a call about a person carrying one, as police are trained to treat all firearms as real until proven otherwise. While owning an airsoft or replica firearm is not illegal, discharging them is prohibited in the Municipality of Saanich.”

 

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Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: July 19, 2021

File: 21-16304

 

 

On Monday, July 19th, 2021 two Saanich Police officers were parked near the intersection of Shelbourne Street at Cedar Hill Cross Road when they heard a loud crash at 1:50 a.m. As they drove toward the sound, they saw evidence that a vehicle had crashed into the concrete centre island on Cedar Hill X Road, leaving a trail of debris and fluids which they then followed into a parking lot on Ophir Street.

                                    

As the officers pulled up, they saw a man get out of the driver’s seat, who then chose to run from the vehicle. One of the officers was able to catch the driver as he failed to climb a nearby fence.

As the investigation unfolded, it was discovered that the driver was prohibited from driving a motor vehicle, was in breach of probation stemming from a break and enter conviction, and later provided breath samples that were twice over the legal limit.

“This individual made a series of poor decisions that posed significant risks to the public, fortunately only resulting in substantial consequences for and him alone.”

 

The man, 36, from Nanaimo, is now facing charges of impaired operation of a conveyance, breach of probation, and driving while prohibited.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: June 30, 2021

File: N/A

 

Today, the Saanich Police Department is proud to announce the launching of the Safe Place Program to support all victims of hate-based crimes in our community and encourage their engagement and reporting of these incidents to the police. 

 

This mission of the program is to increase safety for members of our 2SLGBTQ+, BIPOC, unhoused and other marginalized communities by having community partners provide a safe place for a victim of a crime, or someone with a concern for their safety, to feel welcome to call the police or wait for first responders to arrive.

 

The program was started by the Seattle Police Department in 2014, who partnered with community businesses to designate their facility as a “safe place” where a victim of a hate-based crime can seek refuge and support while waiting for the police to respond and assist them. Participating businesses can display a highly visible Safe Place rainbow decal at the entrance of their facility, which helps victims quickly identify a safe place to seek refuge if they are trying to escape from a dangerous situation.

 

“As a member of the 2SLGBTQ community I have seen the hurt that happens when ignorance and prejudice lead how someone views you or treats you,” said Cst. Eric Misener. “As such, I worked towards bringing Safe Place to Saanich so that marginalized communities are able to access Emergency Services in a caring manner.”

 

The Saanich Police Department consulted with community partners about the Safe Place implementation; these include the Greater Victoria Police Diversity Advisory Committee, the Victoria Pride Society and the Intercultural Association.

 

Starting today, decals will be placed at SPD Headquarters and the Community Safety Office, as well as Saanich Recreation Centres and Saanich Municipal buildings. We are looking forward to expanding the program throughout our community over the next several months.

 

Businesses and other community stakeholders who are interested in joining the SPD Safe Place program can visit our website www.spdsafeplace.ca or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Date: June 30, 2021

File: 21-14652, 14591, 14545, 14544

 

Over the past two days, the Saanich Police and the Saanich Fire Departments have attended four dumpster fires in Saanich that are currently being investigated as arson and likely related.

 

On June 28 at 11:25 p.m. a small fire was lit next to a dumpster in the 3200 block of Douglas Street, followed by a fire inside a dumpster 10 minutes later just up the road in the 700 block of Tolmie Avenue.

 

On June 29 at 2:00 p.m. a fire was lit inside a grease bin in the 3100 block of Tillicum Road.

 

On June 30 at 2:45 a.m. a dumpster was lit on fire at Colquitz Middle School on Dumeresq Street.

 

“While all of these fires were contained to the immediate area, the hot and dry weather conditions could have easily helped these fires spread to adjacent structures. Fortunately, other than the bins themselves, no other property damage was noted.”

 

We encourage the public to be on the lookout for and immediately report any fires they witness by calling 9-1-1. Investigators continue to search for the suspect(s) responsible for these fires, and any information can be submitted to our officers by calling the Saanich Police non-emergency line at 250-475-4321.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: June 28, 2021

File: 21*14427

 

On Sunday June 27, 2021 at approximately 4:15 pm a witness reported seeing a man sitting in a chair allegedly masturbating at the beach at Elk Lake. The male appeared to be watching children on the beach near the water’s edge while committing this indecent act.

The suspect was described as a Caucasian man in his late 50’s or 60’s, 5’6” tall, medium to heavy build, wearing a beige “Tilley” style hat, a beige shirt, dark shorts, and had a webbed folding chair with him.

Prior to our officers arriving on scene, the suspect left the Hamsterly Beach parking lot in a beige-coloured SUV with a large bike rack on the back.

“While our officers continue to investigate this disturbing incident, we are appealing to the public for any information, as the beach and surrounding area were very busy over the weekend and there may be witnesses out there that have yet to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321 or they can report anonymously to the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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