Victoria police, RCMP will submit proposal to continue policing Esquimalt

The City of Victoria today announced its police force will submit a bid to continue policing Esquimalt.

“As an amalgamated force the Victoria Police Department has a proud history of serving Esquimalt and Victoria,” mayor and police Board chair Dean Fortin said in a press release. “Our department has  demonstrated its ability to deliver high quality, professional police services and I have great confidence in the men and women who serve these two communities each day.”

The township of Esquimalt is currently policed by Victoria police.

Esquimalt sent a request for proposals on policing the community of 16,000 to Victoria police, Saanich police and the RCMP.

The deadline to confirm interest in submitting a proposal was yesterday (March 10).

Cpl. Darren Lagan confirmed the RCMP’s E division operations branch will submit a proposal to Esquimalt.

Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard said he understood yesterday’s deadline as one to confirm receipt of the RFP, but not confirm whether the municipality would submit a proposal.

Proposals are due to Esquimalt municipal hall April 20 at 2 p.m. and Esquimalt council must make a decision on its choice by June 30.

More to come.

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