B.C. policing contract viewed with optimism by Esquimalt

Results of mediator's report of Esquimalt-Victoria police relationship being reviewed by province

A 20-year contract renewed between the province and the RCMP is being touted as a “positive step forward” by Esquimalt representatives.

The signing of the agreement last week removes a hurdle “to moving forward with policing decisions in Esquimalt,” Mayor Barb Desjardins, who chairs Esquimalt’s Policing and Law Enforcement Advisory Panel, said in a statement released Thursday.

The panel submitted a request to the province last June, asking that the township be allowed to sign a police services contract with the RCMP. Esquimalt wants out of the current arrangement with the Victoria Police Department.

“The signing of this contract between B.C. and the RCMP shows confidence in the ability of the RCMP to police at both the regional and municipal level,” Desjardins said.

She had hoped to hear back from Justice Minister Shirley Bond on the township’s request by the end of 2011.

With the new contract in place, the Esquimalt policing panel can now ask the RCMP for information needed to update its proposal. Desjardins has long said those details are required by the province.

Justice Ministry staff are in the process of reviewing the results of an independent report submitted by a mediator at the end of January. The mediator reviewed governance and funding-model problems, among other issues, that are plaguing the Victoria police board.

Discussions around those issues have begun between Justice Ministry officials and representatives from Esquimalt and Victoria.

“It is important that there be an opportunity for these discussions to occur before any final decision on Esquimalt’s policing services,” a ministry spokesperson said.

emccracken@vicnews.com

Did you know?

• The public is welcome to attend the second open meeting of the Esquimalt Policing and Law Enforcement Advisory Panel on May 9 at 5 p.m. in council chambers at Municipal Hall, 1229 Esquimalt Rd.

Just Posted

Dog memorial at Esquimalt Lagoon encourages living in the moment

Owner of Jazz the black lab sets up tennis ball memorial one year after dog’s death

Indigenous artist challenges people to re-assess environments with new project

The ‘Indigenous Illuminations’ transforms the ordinary into something new

Downtown Victoria tea shop switches to plastic tea bags

Murchie’s Tea and Coffee says the transition is temporary

Second puppy killed by poisonous mushrooms in Victoria

Springer spaniel puppy died after consuming mushrooms in Fairfield neighbourhood

Western Speedway racing legend ‘The Flying Plumber’ turns 98

Dave Cooper recalls car crashes, his first win, and more

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Frustration and pride in Canada after a year of legal pot

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

West Kelowna business facing charges after six bears killed over littering

A West Kelowna business has been charged for leaving garbage around Lake Okanagan Resort

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend

Local Mounties asking for help in finding culprits

Most Read