The RCMP’s Real Time Intelligence Centre in Surrey. Submitted

Victoria police seek funding for real-time intelligence unit

Format and administration uncertain, but centre would service South Island police agencies

Victoria police are seeking nearly $144,000 to collect intelligence data with the RCMP on the South Island.

VicPD currently uses information from the RCMP’s Real Time Intelligence Centre (RTIC) in Surrey, which is being provided on a trial basis this year to track serious crimes including shots fired, murders, armed robberies, sexual assaults, AMBER alerts, active shooters, high-risk missing persons, home invasions, hostage situations, terrorism, gang violence and other urgent events.

According to the budget report presented to council last week by VicPD Chief Const. Del Manak, area chiefs agree there is a need for the service, although it’s uncertain what form that would take. A South Island RTIC would be created either in conjunction with RCMP or with local police agencies, potentially as an independent unit or centre. The RCMP intends to roll out service to the Island in 2018.

RELATED: VicPD chief: Legalizing marijuana will require more police resources

In his presentation, Manak said being able to deliver real-time intelligence to front-line officers is invaluable in the early stages of serious investigations.

“It’s usually for the more serious incidents, robberies, sexual assaults, homicides and shootings, but the benefits are significant,” he said.

“Having the capacity to have the intelligence in the early stages can significantly prevent loss of life, especially in incidents [such as those] that occurred recently in Edmonton or in Las Vegas.”

RELATED: Victoria police seek budget boost due to spike in high-risk calls

Surrey’s RTIC provides intelligence to multiple police jurisdictions using 20 different law enforcement databases to search for information, help identify and locate suspects quickly and monitor serious crimes.

The centre is connected with Canadian border enforcement, corrections, sheriffs and BC Transit Police.

According to VicPD, similar intelligence centres in the U.S. saw a 30-per-cent reduction in serious crime and a 20-per-cent drop in violent crimes.

lauren.boothby@vicnews.com

City of VictoriaRCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich explores options for adding shelters to parks

Covered areas would encourage safe outdoor socializing during rainy season

UPDATED: Man dies from injuries at Custom House construction site in Victoria

Investigation continues into the circumstance of man’s death

Netflix, Warner Bros filming 10-part series in Colwood

Filming takes place now until March 2021

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

Refresh of Liberal government’s agenda comes amid new looming COVID-19 crisis

Lockdowns saw fed spending soar to historic levels in effort to offset pandemic’s blow to Canadians’ livelihoods

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

POLL: Do you plan on allowing your children to go trick or treating this year?

This popular annual social time will look quite different this year due to COVID-19

Majority needed to pass COVID-19 budget, B.C. premier says

John Horgan pushes urgent care centres in first campaign stop

Most Read