West Shore RCMP Detachment is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in the City of Langford, a western suburb of Victoria, British Columbia. The West Shore Detachment is responsible for policing five municipalities and two First Nation communities. The approximate population of the Western Shore area is 72,000 and growing. It is estimated that by 2026 the population of this area will double. The communities served by the West Shore Detachment are expanding faster than any other area in Greater Victoria, both residentially and commercially.
The Communities of West Shore Detachment are:
- City of Langford
- City of Colwood
- Town of View Royal
- District of Metchosin
- District of Highlands
- Songhees First Nation
- Esquimalt First Nation
The West Shore Detachment and all personnel, staff, and volunteers are keen, progressive, energetic and dedicated to their duties and roles in the policing service and to the communities we serve. There is a strong sense of community, which is evident by the many community functions the staff, members, and volunteers attend in support of the community, ranging from educational duties, Remembrance Day and Canada Day Celebrations, to the Detachment Open House.
The West Shore Detachment has a strong history of quality policing service and community engagement. The Detachment focuses on the policing priorities established in consultation with the community partners.
The West Shore communities are forward thinking and planning for the future. The West Shore area is positioned to be a powerhouse in the South Vancouver Island area. As the community grows, so does the detachment. The West Shore RCMP Detachment has 71 regular members, 1 Civilian Member (analyst), 21 municipal employees and 1 Public Servant employee.
West Shore Detachment is home to the Island District Operational Communications Centre (OCC) for the South Island. Victoria OCC dispatches for four other RCMP Detachments, Central Saanich PS and for the Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU). They are collocated with West Shore Detachment but have provincial funding and a reporting line direct to "E" Division Headquarters. The OCC is staffed by Civilian Members, Regional District and Public Servant employees.
The West Shore Detachment calls for service are not unique and are similar in type of all other policing jurisdictions. The average file count in a year is approximately 19,000. West Shore Detachment provides key services and programs in general duty policing, community policing, street crime, forensic identification, general investigations, fraud unit, police dog service, traffic service, serious/major crime and administrative support.
The West Shore Detachment prides itself on community service and high quality investigations. They proudly represent the West Shore communities throughout the region, actively participating in regional integrated units, sharing ideas and working collaboratively with nearby units, RCMP Detachments, municipal police departments, and other community partners. The Detachment continues to recognize the importance of communication and is moving forward to take advantage of technological trends that are developing.
There are more than 80 dedicated volunteers at West Shore Detachment who serve with programs which include but are not limited to; the Auxiliary Constable Program, Keep in Touch Program (KIT), Speed Watch, Restorative Justice and Greater Victoria Police Victim Services. Our volunteers offer an invaluable service to our communities and our Detachment.
The members, staff and volunteers of West Shore RCMP Detachment are committed to, and strive to deliver, excellence in policing services. Through the prevention and reduction of crime, in partnership with our communities, our objective is Safe Homes and Safe Communities.
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