The Township of Esquimalt has created a new position called Director of Community Safety Services. It sounds like an amazing opportunity for the right person:
“Providing management expertise and advice to the Chief Administrative Officer and executive team, you will plan, coordinate and manage policing and law enforcement liaison; community policing and crime prevention initiatives; bylaw enforcement; emergency planning; and building inspection.
You will lead a team of qualified and committed staff to ensure that “best practices” are continuously reviewed and, where appropriate, adapted to Esquimalt’s benefit. In consultation with community stakeholders you will be responsible for long range planning and policy development in these areas and your efforts will improve the quality of life of Esquimalt’s residents ensuring that Esquimalt remains a livable, sustainable community.
Your abilities and knowledge include the identification and prioritization of community policing and emergency management; familiarity with the principles, practices and methods of community policing, emergency management and disaster preparedness; proven skills in effective communication; and the analysis, evaluation and design of operational policies and programs. Supported by a relevant Baccalaureate, you possess at least 10 years of senior experience in community policing, law enforcement and bylaw and emergency management. In addition, you possess, or are eligible for, Canadian Federal Government security clearance sufficient to interact effectively with policing agencies.”
The application deadline is July 31, 2013.
This is a well-written essay by Deputy Chief Ducker. Even if you disagree with police regionalization, it raises some interesting facts and anecdotes that many people throughout the CRD probably did not know about or may not have considered:
It’s no secret to VicPD members that many of the region’s hardcore drug dealers, organized criminals and party crowd live in the outlying areas, which most certainly includes Saanich.
The criminal element of these groups ply their trade on the streets of our downtown core and often retire to the bedroom communities, where not enough attention is paid to them. After 34 years I could fill a police notebook with instances where outlying agencies have either declined outright or simply don’t have the true capacity to deal with serious criminal elements living in their communities, leaving it to VicPD to handle or simply allow the problem to be ignored.
This is an important historical document. It is over a decade old. I am not 100% sure, but this may be the first time that it has been publicly released. I am
posting it here linking to the document publicly available on the Open Information web site (managed by the Government of British Columbia) so that people can learn about the history of policing in the Capital Regional District.
Update on March 26, 2013: Changes have been made to this blog post for legal reasons. I have removed the copy hosted on my personal web site. Instead, I am linking to the document entitled “Esquimalt Police Department Review” that has been released to the public by the Government of British Columbia on its Open Information web site. I apologize to any readers who many have set up a link to the (now removed) document. For those who are unfamiliar with the Open Information web site, here is a description from the “About” section:
“In an effort to become more open and transparent, the government is proactively working to provide citizens with access to the information that matters most to them – no closed doors or hidden agendas. It’s felt that this candid disclosure will create opportunities for citizens to participate in government and collaborate on decisions being made.
This type of information sharing is governed by legislation and policy that makes provision for the release of public information. These releases have been completed on a case-by-case basis – until now. Open Information provides access to the routine release of public information that has been most commonly requested (i.e. travel expenses for Ministers and Deputy Ministers). Additionally, individual requests for specific government information that are processed will also be released for general public viewing on this site.
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This is interesting for local government watchdogs: a one minute in-camera meeting of Esquimalt Council. Held on November 26th, 2012, they went in-camera at 9:46pm and adjourned at 9:47pm. My assumption here is that, due to the late hour, they decided to table the agenda items for another time.
An alternative explanation is that these Councillors are very, very efficient.
Let’s talk about regional policing… three decades ago.
This article is from the Autumn 1978 issue of the B.C. Police Journal. Here are a few excerpts:
- In the fall of 1977, the Attorney-General and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing together identified a need to examine a wide range of issues related to policing costs.
- The major purpose of the project is to examine policing costs in British Columbia, how they are shared among Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments and then to consider practical cost-sharing alternatives.
- The terms of reference also require a study of the possibility of regional delivery of policing services and other cost-related issues.
It seems this intractable problem has been around for a long, long time.
On a more modern note, there is a coffee meet up in Victoria to discuss amalgamation on Friday, September 28th from 9am to 10am.