Patrol Section – Did you know?

  • When you see an emergency vehicle operating its lights and sirens, you are required to yield the right of way and immediately pull over to the nearest shoulder and stop
  • Patrol officers work a four day rotation of 12 hours per shift starting with two dayshifts and finish with two night shifts
  • All police officers must be re-certified annually in the use of firearms as required by the Police Act
  • At the start of every shift the oncoming patrol officers are briefed on the events over the past 12 to 24 hours
  • In the province of British Columbia police officers do not lay charges. Police officers collect information, facts and evidence and submit a report recommending charges. It is Crown Counsel that determines if charges are to be formally laid
  • Patrol officers carry out special enforcement projects throughout the year including:
    • Zero tolerance drug and alcohol enforcement projects in the Spring and Fall to discourage substance abuse and related criminal activity
    • Plain clothes initiatives on Annacis and Tilbury Island to address commercial crime
    • Proactive patrols of parks, schools and beaches utilizing foot patrol, bikes and ATVs
    • high profile patrols of licensed premises to discourage impaired driving and identify potential gang activity
    • Partnerships with municipal departments:
      • Traffic – advisory meetings are held with Delta Engineering to discuss current traffic issues such as traffic calming (speed reduction, e.g. speed bumps), speed zones, placement of traffic signals and truck traffic
      • Bylaws – discussions with Delta Bylaws Department on rezoning, landlord tenancy issues, parking issues, noise complaints
      • Parks, recreation facilities – liaise with Delta Parks & Recreation on issues such as trouble with youth complaints, alcohol-related problems and assist with community events (e.g. May Day Parade, North Delta Days Parade, Tsawwassen Sun Festival, Remembrance Day)
      • Patrol of parks – This program was developed in cooperation with Parks & Recreation where citizens from the community are hired to patrol Delta parks during the summer. They report on activities such as suspicious behaviour, youth gatherings, damage in progress and liquor-related offences. The program was initiated to make the parks safe for the community.