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#9161 Kungsberg

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:09 PM

VicPD got their guy yesterday. The man was sought in connection with what sounded like at least two hit-and-runs and driving his vehicle purposefully towards individuals speaking to at least one VicPD officer. One of the officers stated the man was looking straight at her and smiling.


He was eventually caught in a complex on St. James Street.


Four Charges Recommended After Several Motor Vehicle Collisions

VicPD  http://vicpd.ca/node/1732


Friday, October 20, 2017                    File #: 17-45378


Police are recommending four charges against a Victoria man after causing several motor vehicle collisions in the James Bay and downtown areas last night.


Officers were called shortly after 7:30 p.m. after the report of a hit and run with an unoccupied parked vehicle in James Bay with the suspect vehicle fleeing the scene.  Shortly after, the Victoria Police Communication Centre began receiving multiple calls from witnesses about the same vehicle driving erratically and getting involved in another motor vehicle incident with an occupied vehicle in the 1300-block of Quadra Street.


While two officers were investigating the original call, the suspect vehicle returned to the scene and swerved toward the officers who were standing on the roadway causing them to take action to avoid collision, and thankfully were not physically injured.  Multiple other officers attended the area and located the vehicle and suspect a few blocks away.


Investigators are recommending the following charges:


•       Dangerous operation of motor vehicle;

◦       Failure to stop at scene of accident;

◦       Impaired operation of a motor vehicle; and

◦       Refusal to comply with breath demand.


Investigators are looking to speak with a jogger who was running near James Bay Community School during the time of the incident. It is believed that this person was narrowly missed by the suspect vehicle.    


Investigators believe that there may be more hit and runs related to this incident that have yet to be reported. If your vehicle was damaged overnight, or you witnessed a  Brown Audi A6 driving in a reckless manner, call us at 250-995-7654.  To report what you know anonymously please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

#9162 AllseeingEye



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:10 PM

Yes, I agree. Maybe by community policing, Isitt is envisioning a UK style 'no guns' policing model.

However, even the UK has crack response teams that are fully outfitted with assault rifles, body armour and heavy equipment.

Additionally every Brit cop in Northern Ireland is (heavily) armed, all of them, without exception. While the majority of police in England-Wales-Scotland are not 'packing' as you point out there are specific teams and detachments, about 15% of the total police in uniform if memory serves, that have all of the above-noted gear, and are equipped to deal with any threat.


Lets also not forget that the UK is infinitesimally geographically smaller than Canada and is home to some of the best of the best special forces on the planet; in the event the situation calls for expertise beyond what front line police can provide, special units of the British Army, and of course above all the SAS, could theoretically be brought to bear. In this country due if nothing else to the distances involved and depending on which military unit was called upon, it could take hours to get those boots on the ground.


SAS has various troops or squadrons stationed throughout the UK although the primary base as I recall is Hereford near the Welsh border, about the same distance from London as Nanaimo is to Victoria. In a major incident in the capital for example they could likely be there in 20 minutes or so. Our primary regular army units (I think) are still based in Edmonton and would take a minimum of 60-90 minutes to arrive.

#9163 Bingo

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 05:22 AM

Well true he retired as an OB cop but I always think of and remember him as a VicPD member for far, far longer than he was at OB....


And he was the VicPD media spokesperson for many years.

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#9164 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 06:33 AM

Police said they believe there might be other victims.


Investigators ask anyone with information to come forward. Reports can be made through Victoria police at 250-995-7654, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre at 250-383-3232.


Supports for victims of sexual assault are available at vicpd.ca/webelieveyou.






I was having a beer last night with a provincial government lawyer.  I showed the VicPD hashtags and all this WeBelieveYou stuff, this lawyer was appalled.

Edited by VicHockeyFan, 21 October 2017 - 06:33 AM.

#9165 sebberry


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 07:25 AM

this lawyer was appalled.


Did he explain why?

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#9166 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 07:33 AM

She, and for the same reasons I don’t like it.
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#9167 spanky123

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:01 AM

Did he explain why?


What ever happened to the presumption of innocence? I hope that this doesn't turn out to be a false accusation or else the VicPD (ie us) will certainly be cutting this guy a big cheque.


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