Cops find their perch at Uptown

Law enforcement agencies last held a Free the Fuzz in Victoria 10 years ago

Greater Victoria police officers will head to the top of Uptown shopping centre next weekend.

From May 1 to 3, three law enforcement officers will camp out on scaffolding while members of Central Saanich Police Services, the Saanich Police Department, Oak Bay Police Department, and Victoria Police Department collect donations from the community to Free the Fuzz and raise funds for Special Olympics.

Free the Fuzz will kick off May 1, with Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement members marching together into the shopping centre at 5 p.m.

The fundraiser will also include a dunk tank, face painting for kids, hot dog sales, and coffee by donation, as well as police dog demonstrations.

“We are thrilled to bring Free the Fuzz back to Victoria. Special Olympics gives individuals with intellectual disabilities the chance to be part of a team, and it builds self-confidence,” said event organizer Const. Lisa Bruschetta of the Saanich Police Department.

“Our local athletes are very excited to join in the events we have prepared for the weekend. Our goal is to engage with the community and show our support for our amazing athletes.”

Law enforcement agencies last held a Free the Fuzz in Victoria 10 years ago.

The annual Victoria Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place during B.C.’s Torch Run Month on June 13. Law enforcement personnel and Special Olympics athletes will come together to walk or run for five kilometers along the Galloping Goose Trail.