The North Grenville Police Services Board is a five member civilian body that oversees the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Grenville Detachment.
The Board is responsible for setting the overall objectives and priorities for the provision of police service in the Municipality, after consultation with the Detachment Commander. It is also responsible for choosing and monitoring the performance of the Detachment Commander, overseeing the contract for service between the Municipality and the OPP, receiving monthly performance statistics of crime and prevention initiatives and for preparing a business plan.
About The Board
What is the Police Services Board?
Every municipality in Ontario that receives, under contract, police service from the OPP has a choice under provisions of the Police Services Act to establish an independent civilian board to provide local governance. The Board represents North Grenville’s interests towards effective and efficient police service and are accountable to the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission located in Toronto.
Who are members of the Police Services Board?
The Board has five members: two members of the North Grenville Council, two citizens appointed by the Province as community representatives and one citizen appointed by Municipal Council as a community representative.
The current members of the Board are:
- Provincial appointees
- Donald Sherritt (Chair)
- Debbie Wilson
- Citizen appointed by Council
- Bruce Harrison (Vice Chair)
- North Grenville Council representatives
- Nancy Peckford, Mayor
- Doreen O'Sullivan, Councillor
- Secretary/Treasurer to the Board
- Cahl Pominville
The Council members and the citizen appointment by Council serve for the duration of the Council term of office. The Provincial appointees serve up to three year terms, which expire at various times. At the first meeting each year, the Board appoints a Chairperson for that year.
What does the Police Services Board do?
Section 10 of Police Services Act sets out the responsibilities boards must fulfill on behalf of the residents of their municipality. The primary role of the board is to establish, in consultation with the Detachment Commander, the overall objectives and priorities for the provision of police services and the safety and security of citizens. Some of the other key responsibilities include:
- Taking part in the selection of a Detachment Commander
- Annually assessing the Detachment Commanders performance
- Overseeing the contract for police service
- Generally in consultation with the Detachment Commander, determining objectives and priorities for police service
- Establishing local policies and protocols
- Making recommendations to Council
- Preparing a North Grenville Police Services Board business plan
- Reviewing the Detachment Commander’s administration of the complaints system
The Board cannot direct the Detachment Commander with respect to specific operational decisions or day-to-day operations of the police service.
The Detachment Commander is responsible for administering the police service and overseeing its operation in accordance with the objectives, priorities and policies of the OPP, with adherence to local issues as brought forward by the Board.