Government (Police Services) Reports
Final Report from The Illegal Firearms Task Force
The Illegal Firearms Task Force was convened to examine the acquisition, use and possession of illegal firearms in British Columbia. Over a period of several months, Task Force subject matter experts worked to identify the associated public safety risks of illegal firearms and to develop potential solutions that build on existing legislation, programs and strategies. Their final report outlines key findings and recommendations for action that seek to reduce the often violent impact caused by illegal firearms in our communities.
Their recommendations fall within 4 themes:
- Strategic Approaches
- Legislative Initiatives
- Education and Prevention
- Data Collection and Information Sharing
Emergency Communications Service Delivery in British Columbia
Emergency Communications Service Delivery in British Columbia: Police Communication Centres and 911 PSAP (PDF) – 2015 is a discussion paper that outlines the background, challenges, and strategic vision for emergency communications service delivery involving 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). It seeks input from key stakeholders in order to inform the future of emergency communications across the province.
An in-person consultation forum was held in Vancouver on June 1, 2015, seeking feedback from key stakeholders on the Ministry’s strategic vision for emergency communications in British Columbia. The Strategic Vision Summary of Consultation Comments (PDF) document summaries the feedback from this consultation forum.
Getting Serious About Crime Reduction
- Reducing recidivism by prolific offenders
- Expanding and better co-ordinating services for offenders dealing with addiction and mental health issues
- Broadening use of restorative justice
- “Designing out” opportunistic crime
Getting Serious About Crime Reduction - Blue Ribbon Panel on Crime Reduction - released in 2014
Recent Police Audits
The Policing and Security Branch evaluates compliance with standards, and inspects and reports on the quality of policing in British Columbia.
In 2017, the Policing and Security Branch reviewed the Independent Investigations Office (IIO), under the authority of s.42 of the Police Act. A key focus of the review was the IIO’s readiness to meet provincial policing standards for Major Case Management, which take effect in 2019. The report makes 13 recommendations.
In 2009, Policing and Security Branch reviewed the resource deployment, call load, response time and use of force of the Victoria Police Department. It also compared service levels between the City of Victoria and the Township of Esquimalt, the two communities policed by the Victoria Police Department.
The following reviews are the division’s findings and recommendations:
- Victoria Police Department – Focused Inspection and Use of Force Review (PDF, 2.5MB) –2010
- Victoria Police Department – Service Level Review (PDF, 1.2MB) –2010
These are the results of tests on the M26 and X26 conducted energy weapons:
- M26 Conducted Energy Weapon Test Results (PDF, 1.1MB) – 2009 - MPB Technologies
- X26 Conducted Energy Weapon Test Results (PDF) – 2009 - MPB Technologies
More information about conducted energy weapons is under Policing Standards.
The Criminal Code provides a limited justification for otherwise illegal acts and omissions committed by law enforcement officers (and those acting under their direction) while investigating an offence under federal law, enforcing a federal law, or investigating criminal activity.
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice publishes an annual report on the use of specific portions of the Criminal Code's law enforcement justification provisions by municipal police departments and agencies operating in British Columbia.
- 2016 Report Law Enforcement Justification Provisions (PDF)
- 2015 Report Law Enforcement Justification Provisions (PDF)
- 2014 Report Law Enforcement Justification Provisions (PDF)