The Township of Esquimalt hired Perivale + Taylor Consulting to provide policing options for the municipality.
In August, Esquimalt Council voted not to renew the Victoria Policing Framework Agreement, which is the agreement for both municipalities to be served by the Victoria Police Service.
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Now, the township has commissioned Perivale + Taylor Consulting to come up with one or more options for police service delivery models with a budget of $140,000.
The firm has a deadline of June 1, 2023 to complete the project, including a request for approval for final review by the Department of Public Safety.
The Policing Services Framework Agreement with Victoria expires on December 31, 2023.
Before the proposal(s) are sent to the ministry, residents and businesses will have the opportunity to view and comment on them.
The township is also constructing a new public safety building, which is expected to be completed in 2024. The building will house police departments, the township’s emergency program, and fire rescue services. Other municipal and Capital Regional District offices will also use the space.
Perivale + Taylor, which has offices in Victoria and Vancouver, has undertaken similar reviews of policing in Canada, most recently launching a review of required services in three communities around Moncton, New Brunswick.
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