Friday, September 21, 2012

VicPD Statement on #Esquimalt Policing Proposal #yyj @Vicpdcanada

Date: Friday, September 21, 2012

Victoria BC – VicPD continues to proudly stand behind its submission for policing the Township of Esquimalt and looks forward to being a full participant in the facilitated negotiation process that is being established by the provincial government.

VicPD’s proposal enhances the current policing services delivered to the Township while addressing the community’s unique public safety requirements. It outlines how a dedicated Esquimalt Division will be created and appropriately staffed with officers who will begin and end their shifts from the Esquimalt Public Safety building.

These officers will be complemented by the entire 243-member VicPD organization 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition to the dedicated Esquimalt Division, the Township will also have the full use and support of a full complement of other services including, but not limited to, K-9 units, Forensic Identification Services, Detectives and Intelligence specialists. These units can be deployed in Esquimalt within minutes of any incident.

VicPD’s proposal also includes a full list of costs associated with providing policing services in Esquimalt, including salaries for sworn and civilian members, capital and building costs, costs of integrated units and specialized units. The “all-in” cost outlined in the VicPD proposal is very similar to the total costs contained in the RCMP proposal.

VicPD is proud that this proposal will serve as the foundation upon which a lasting negotiated agreement will be built. Officers and staff are looking forward to building a policing model that is ideally suited for the Township of Esquimalt and its residents.

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