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 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:
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.
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
Toll Free: 1-866-442-5866
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
Or apply on line at: https://www.pas.gov.on.ca/scripts/en/Home.asp.