VicPD is inviting residents to follow along as the Strike Force unit conducts a search warrant. (Black Press Media File)

Victoria police take residents behind the scenes of Strike Force operation

Officers to live-tweet a search warrant exectution

Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes of a VicPD Strike Force operation? Well, now you can.

On Friday, May 1, the Victoria Police Department began live-tweeting as officers conduct a search warrant targeting a property offender known to police.

The VicPD Strike Force is an undercover investigative unit focused on property crime using tips from the public as the City has seen a spike in thefts, break-ins and other property crimes.

“Each search warrant begins with a background investigation,” said police in a tweet. “Once that’s completed, Strike Force officers apply for the search warrant with a judge.”

With a search warrant approved, the unit then meets with the other teams that will be assisting with the operation. For the Friday search warrant execution, the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team and patrol officers were included in the planning.

Once the plan was approved, the Strike Force unit makes its way to the targeted location. On Friday, it was a multi-unit residential building in Greater Victoria.

“Safety is vital in all of these search warrants,” police explained on Twitter. “Each plan is reviewed to make sure everyone is [as] safe as possible.”

Follow along on the VicPD Twitter account @vicpdcanada.

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