The Oak Bay Police Department has served the residents of Oak Bay since 1906, and has contributed to Oak Bay’s reputation as one of Canada’s safest communities.
The members of the Oak Bay Police Department are committed to partnerships with the community, leading to the sharing in the delivery of police services. The Department pledges to treat all people equally and with respect, to uphold the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to serve, protect and work with the community and other agencies to prevent and resolve problems that affect community safety and quality of life.
The Oak Bay Police Department is a community based policing organization. The Department recognizes that investigation, detection and the apprehension of offenders is only part of the police function. The Oak Bay Police mandate is not limited or restricted to simply dealing with crime. Instead, the Department responsibilities are much broader in scope and include responding to social disorder and calls of a general assistance nature. Complaints and concerns involving bylaw enforcement, traffic safety, youth concerns, neighbourhood disputes, public education, substance abuse and issues regarding mental health are all part of the Department workload.
The Oak Bay Police Department advocates community partnerships with a multi-agency approach and collaboration as a means of achieving public safety and problem solving. It is through community policing and particularly problem oriented policing that the Oak Bay Police Department fulfills its role.