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Central Saanich Police Service

Saanichton, British Columbia
Grant of Arms and Badge
July 28, 2008
Vol. V, p. 296

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Or between two flaunches barry wavy Argent and Azure each charged with a salmon hauriant, a thunderbird in Coast Salish style displayed proper, a rose Gules, and a Tibetan blue poppy Azure;


The Arms encircled by an annulus Azure edged and inscribed with the Motto, all within a wreath of maple leaves Or issuant from a Pacific dogwood flower, the whole ensigned by the Royal Crown proper;





The shield is adapted from the arms created for the district of Central Saanich by Professor A.L.C. Atkinson in 1968. The central stripe alludes to the Saanich Peninsula, and the salmon and the stylized waves indicate the close proximity of the ocean. The thunderbird represents the heritage of the local First Nations. The red rose refers to the community’s British heritage and the local flower cultivation industry, as well as local attractions such as the famous Butchard Gardens, the arms of which Butchard Gardens Limited, granted by the Chief Herald of Canada in 1994, include a red rose and a Tibetan blue poppy.


This is the standard pattern of a municipal police badge in Canada. The arms and motto indicate local identity, the maple leaves Canada, and the dogwood flower British Columbia. The Royal Crown indicates the role of the Service’s officers in protecting the Crown’s laws.


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Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 22, 2008, in Volume 142, page 2984 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Bruce Patterson, Saint-Laurent Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Debra MacGarvie

Shirley Mangione

Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Regional, Municipal etc Service