Community Supported Policing
Effective policing is a direct result of effective communication. This happens through ongoing consultation with the community, feedback from partners and via communication to residents. There are many tools which are used to facilitate this communication. For more information about any of the initiatives outlined below, please contact the Sidney North Saanich RCMP at 250-656-3931.
Sidney North Saanich Community Consultative Committee
The Sidney North Saanich Community Consultative Committee is made up of representatives of both communities ranging from the RCMP detachment, local municipal councils, Chamber of Commerce, the public, the business district and local community groups. This allows for a community perspective which has resulted in the recent development of increased foot patrols, proactive media communications and community involvement.
All Valuables Removed Stickers
In partnership with Greater Victoria Crimestoppers, the RCMP are distributing high visibility stickers telling thieves: "All Valuables Removed." They are small and go in the window of your vehicle to send a clear message that the vehicle is empty of temptation. RCMP have seen a 22% increase in thefts from vehicles in the Sidney North Saanich area in 2019. These stickers are a proactive step to deter theft, and serve as a handy reminder to owners as well. Stickers are available at the Sidney North Saanich RCMP Detachment and Sidney Town Hall, as well as Canadian Tire, Thrifty Foods and Save On Foods.
Block Watch is a crime prevention program designed to engage the community in reporting suspicious activity in their neighbourhood to reduce crime. A Block Watch group is comprised of a Block Watch Captain, Co-Captain and participants. The Captain and Co-Captain are the communication link between their neighbourhood Block Watch participants and the RCMP.
The Sidney North Saanich RCMP are continuing to develop the Block Watch program to effectively send crime prevention messages to our community members and enhance community safety. Auxiliary Cst. Ian Collis is the liaison for this program and has over 55 active Block Watch groups registered, who have begun receiving safety and crime prevention messaging from him via their email. This enables the captains to disseminate the valuable safety information to their groups in a timely manner. To start a Block Watch Group in the Sidney/North Saanich area, please contact Auxiliary Constable Ian Collis at 250-656-3931 or Ian.Collis@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
The Sidney North Saanich RCMP would like to thank the Knights of Columbus, and the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans who generously donate annually to the Sidney North Saanich RCMP Youth Program. These donations go towards the materials needed to support the ongoing delivery of the DARE Program. Cst. de Pass is presently teaching four classes a week this year.
Coffee with a Cop
The Sidney North Saanich RCMP continue to connect with our community through Coffee with a Cop, having had a successful event in January 2019 at Serious Coffee. Another is in the works for April 2019 – date to be announced soon.
The Sidney North Saanich RCMP are available to provide talks or presentations to groups on a variety of topics, ranging from personal safety, fraud prevention, healthy choices, loss prevention and online risks. Call Cst. de Pass for details at 250-656-3931.