Victoria police department older than the city itself

Victoria a much different place than it was in 1858

The City of Victoria may be celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, but its police department has been around even longer.

VicPD marked its 154th anniversary on Sunday, having been through more than a few changes since July 8, 1858, when it took over policing duties from the Royal Navy and the militia-style Victoria Voltiguers.

At the time, the Victoria police jurisdiction included all of Vancouver Island and several surrounding Gulf islands.