The South Island Communications Centre will be the first point of contact for 9-1-1 callers on South Vancouver Island and will also house police call-taking and dispatch for the Victoria, Saanich, Central Saanich and Oak Bay police departments as well as all local RCMP detachments.
The state-of-the-art post-disaster facility will be located at 4219 Commerce Circle in Saanich and is expected to be operational by early 2019.
Building construction has entered the final phase with a focus on completing exterior work and meeting requirements for building occupancy. The project remains on time and on budget to become operational as planned in early 2019.
The CRD Board set a Strategic Priority to "collaborate with partners to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies". A new centre supports this priority while creating opportunities for improved efficiencies, upgrading to meet post disaster standards, and modernizing equipment.
The South Island Police Dispatch Steering Committee, comprised of CRD staff, police chiefs, the Province of British Columbia, RCMP and ECOMM worked together to plan and develop an operational framework for proposed unified 911 Primary Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and Police Dispatch for the region.
Construction began in October 2017 following completion of agreements between all partners and completion of the schematic design package. Stantec Consulting has been retained to design and provide project management services for the new South Island Communications Centre. Durwest Construction Management has been retained to act as construction management on the project.