Policing in Esquimalt

Let's talk about the future of policing in Esquimalt

In spring 2022, we went out to the community to chat about our current policing model and hear from you.

On August 15, 2022 council voted not to renew the Police Framework Agreement. Read the release.

Work has started in creating the necessary reports to council on options for police services. See the announcement.

Esquimalt Division of Victoria Police Department (VicPD)

On January 1, 2003 Esquimalt and Victoria amalgamated police services into a single police department. The Esquimalt Division of VicPD, along with VicPD's K9 Unit, is located in the Township of Esquimalt's Public Safety Building. The division consists of an inspector in charge and 24 sworn officers which includes two community resource officers supervised by a sergeant. 

Policing Framework Agreement

Effective January 1, 2003 an  Order in Council amalgamated the police forces of Victoria and Esquimalt. This existing Order in Council also includes provisions for the negotiation of a cost sharing formula for the amalgamated department.

In April 2014 the Township signed a Policing Framework Agreement with the City of Victoria and the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board. Under the Agreement, all parties are to work collaboratively to ensure adequate and effective policing for each municipality, fair and equitable allocation of police resources, and input into the development of the annual policing budget. Currently, Esquimalt’s share of the total police budget is 13.67%.

Community Policing Updates