Let’s talk about the future of policing in Esquimalt

Join the conversation

In April and May 2022, we’re engaging people who live and/or work in Esquimalt, to hear what you think about current policing services and our existing service agreement with Victoria Police Department (VicPD). 

Learn more about policing in Esquimalt- where we are at
Take our survey

How to get involved

Your perspective is important to us. That’s why we’ve created a couple ways for people who live and/or work in Esquimalt to get involved, learn about the issues, and share your thoughts. 

Learn more at our open house

Drop in at your convenience to learn about Esquimalt policing services, the Agreement and its renewal process, and speak with Township representatives. The open house will be an informal sharing of information and ideas while giving you a chance to ask questions and share your thoughts. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022; 5:30-7:30 pm 
  • Esquimalt Town Square gallery; 505 Park Place

Fill out a survey

Fill out the online survey, which will be available on this webpage as of April 25. If you prefer, you can pick up a printed copy at municipal hall, 1229 Esquimalt Road, and the Esquimalt Recreation Centre. Your anonymous input will be included in a report to Esquimalt Council in early summer 2022.

Background

The 2014 Police Framework Agreement, which outlines the terms of the amalgamated police forces of Victoria and Esquimalt, is set for renewal in 2024. By the end of 2022, the Esquimalt Council needs to decide whether to renew the Agreement or consider another police services model. As part of the decision-making process, Esquimalt Council wants to hear about your level of satisfaction with current policing services and the agreement.

The existing policing agreement between the Township of Esquimalt and City of Victoria covers a number of key aspects on police service delivery and governance that impact Esquimalt police service, including:

  • shared costs for the amalgamated police force
  • dedicated resources for both Esquimalt and the City of Victoria
  • budget approval processes
  • dispute resolution
  • performance metrics

Why get involved?

Simply put, a safe community is a place where people can live, work and play without fear or risk of danger, injury, damage and/or harm. Community policing contributes to a safe community by helping prevent threats to community safety and protect community members.

That said, we want to ensure policing services in Esquimalt meet the community’s needs and provide value for money. In 2022, Esquimalt’s share of the total policy budget is 13.67%, which accounts for 22% ($8.4 million) of the Township’s annual budget. 

By joining the conversation about policing in Esquimalt, you will help us make crucial decisions that impact community safety and well-being, crime prevention and response and the use of your tax dollars.