CRD mayors establish new governance model for Greater Victoria Integrated Police Units

CRD mayors establish new governance model for Greater Victoria Integrated Police Units

A new governance model has been established for the integrated police units in the Capital Regional District municipalities.

The region’s mayors will meet around four times a year to oversee the five integrated units and will have a combined budget of $2 million.

The new governance model, called the Regional Governance Council for Integrated Police Units, is intended to help inform decision-making and to help identify potential new shared services for the region.

David Screech, mayor of View Royal, and Kevin Murdoch, mayor of Oak Bay, will serve as co-chairs of the council.

Screech will represent municipalities with RCMP detachments, and Murdoch will represent municipalities served by municipal police.

In a statement, Screech and Murdoch say this has been in the work for a few years.

“We would like to specifically thank the Province, who contributed expertise and funding over several years to help develop a governance model that works with Provincial legislation and helps achieve best practices when working across organizations and jurisdictions,” said Mayors Murdoch and Screech in a statement. “We know these units face unique challenges and need to adapt to changing community needs, and we’re excited to see the formation of a model that allows community input for these regional units.”

There are three RCMP units, and two non-RCMP units overseen by the council.

The RCMP units are the Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team, Mobile Youth Services Team, and Regional Domestic Violence Unit.

Non-RCMP units are the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team, and Greater Victoria Public Safety Unit.

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