Halton Regional Police Service
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Police Services Board

The Halton Regional Police Services Board is a seven member civilian board that provides strategic governance of the Halton Regional Police Service. It is a provincially mandated legal entity that operates independently from Regional or Municipal Council. As such, it is the Board’s responsibility to ensure the residents of Halton Region receive adequate and effective police services in accordance with policing standards issued by the Province. In essence, the Board is the trustee of public interest regarding the provision of all police services in the community.

The Board exercises its governance and oversight functions through the development of policies. The Chief of Police reports to and is directly accountable to the Police Services Board for adherence to and compliance with the Board's policies.

The composition of the Police Services Board is determined by the Police Services Act. In accordance with the population of the Region, the Halton Regional Police Services Board consists of:

  • The Regional Chair, or if the Regional Chair chooses not to be a member of the Board, another member of the Council appointed by resolution of Council.
  • Two members of Regional Council appointed by resolution of Council.
  • One person appointed by resolution of Regional Council, who is neither a member of the Council nor an employee of the Region.
  • Three persons appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Police Services Act is the legislative framework which governs law enforcement and public safety in Ontario. It spells out clearly the responsibilities of the Board, the Chief, and Police Officers, in respect to their roles and functions in police organizations. It also outlines a variety of processes such as public complaints, collective bargaining, and disciplinary proceedings.

The Board is the civilian trustee of the public interest as it pertains to police services. Section 31(1) of the Police Services Act provides that a Police Services Board is responsible for the provision of adequate and effective police services in the municipality.

These responsibilities include:

  • Appoint the members of the municipal police service
  • Generally determine, after consultation with the Chief of Police, objectives and priorities with respect to police services in the municipality
  • Establish policies for the effective management of the police service
  • Recruit and appoint the Chief of Police and any Deputy Chief of Police, and annually determine their remuneration and working conditions, taking their submissions into account
  • Direct the Chief of Police and monitor his or her performance
  • Establish policies respecting the disclosure by the Chief of Police of personal information about individuals
  • Receive regular reports from the Chief of Police on disclosures and decisions made under Section 49 (secondary activities)
  • Establish guidelines with respect to the indemnification of members of the police service for legal costs under Section 50
  • Establish guidelines for dealing with complaints made by members of the public under Part V (Complaints)
  • Review the Chief of Police's administration of the complaints system under Part V and receive regular reports from the Chief of Police on his or her administration of the complaints system

While the Police Services Act grants Boards these duties, it also restricts Boards from directing the Chief of Police with respect to specific operational decisions or with respect to the day-to-day operations of the police service.

Appointment Process

As provided for in the Police Services Act, appointment of members to the Police Services Board is the responsibility of either Regional Council or the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

For information concerning the appointments made by Regional Council, contact the Regional Clerk’s office at:

Regional Municipality of Halton
1151 Bronte Road
Oakville, ON L6M 3L1
Telephone: 905-825-6000
Toll Free: 1-866-442-5866
Email: accesshalton@halton.ca

For information about appointments made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, contact:

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Selection Systems and Appointments Unit
25 Grosvenor Street, 12th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2H3
Telephone: 416-314-3104

Or apply on line at: https://www.pas.gov.on.ca/scripts/en/Home.asp.