Saanich Police have launched a new unit called the Special Investigations Section (SIS) to investigate all current and historical sexual offences.
Investigators will receive specialized training “to investigate allegations and ensure survivors are cared for with the best trauma-informed practices,” police said in a news release Monday.
“The creation of the SIS is a vital step forward that clearly demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement, service and investigative excellence, and survivor support, care, and wellbeing,” Dean Duthie, Saanich Police chief const., said in the release.
“This highly experienced team of investigators will ensure that survivors of sexual offences are supported and kept informed throughout the entire investigative process.”
The SIS team, assembled by reallocating resources and restructuring other sections within the police department, includes two sergeants and seven constables, Saanich Police say.
One new officer will also be added due to an increase in staffing levels from the 2022 budget, police say, also noting both the Saanich Police Board and Saanich Municipal Council helped the SIS come to fruition.