The Victoria Police Department does not automatically gather any personal information from you. This information is only obtained if you supply it voluntarily through contacting us via email or through our online crime reporting forms.
When you visit vicpd.ca, the Victoria Police Department’s web server automatically collects a limited amount of standard information essential to the operation and evaluation of VicPD’s website. This information includes:
- the page from which you arrived,
- the date and time of your page request,
- the Internet Protocol (IP) address your computer is using to receive information,
- the type and version of your browser, and
- the name and size of the file you requested.
This information is not used to identify individuals who come to vicpd.ca. This information is only used to help VicPD assess its information services and is collected in compliance with Section 26 (c) of British Columbia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPPA) Act.
Cookies are temporary files that may be placed on your hard drive while you visit a website. Cookies are used to track how visitors use vicpd.ca, but the Victoria Police Department does not store personal information through cookies, nor does VicPD collect personal information from you without your knowledge as you browse this website. Any cookies on vicpd.ca are used to aid in the collection of anonymous statistical information such as:
- browser type
- screen size,
- traffic patterns,
- pages visited.
This information helps the Victoria Police Department improve both Vicpd.ca and its service to citizens. It is not disclosed to any third parties.
Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie – this gives you the chance to decide whether to accept it. To learn more about cookies and how to change your settings, please use the help function in your browser. The alerts will be quite frequent, however, and may eventually become annoying.
You can use our website without cookies, but you may have to re-enter information each time you visit.
When you visit our site, we add a cookie to check whether or not you have agreed to our privacy notice. This cookie lasts for one year.
This website uses Google Analytics to gather information about users usage of the site. We utilize this information to make educated metric-based decisions to improve the user experience of the site. You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on.
Security and IP Addresses
Your computer uses a unique IP address when browsing the Internet. The Victoria Police Department may collect IP addresses to monitor any security breaches on vicpd.ca and other online services. No attempt is made to identify users or their usage patterns unless unauthorized use of the vicpd.ca website is detected or is required for a law enforcement investigation. IP addresses are stored for a term that complies with the Victoria Police Department’s existing auditing requirements.
Who We Share Your Data With
We share the analytics data with Google Analytics (https://analytics.google.com/analytics/web/).
Privacy and External Links
To request more information, please contact VicPD’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Office at (250) 995-7654.