Police Services Board - Niagara (Regional Municipality of)
- Solicitor General
5700 VALLEY WAY
- (905) 688-3911
- Police Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.15, Part III, s. 27; O.C. 778/92 (opens a new window)
The boards govern the municipal police forces and in the case of O.P.P. contract locations, serve as advisory bodies.
The population of the Regional Municipality of Niagara exceeded 300,000 according to the last enumeration. The Regional Municipality of Niagara has applied to the Lieutenant Governor in Council, and been approved, to increase the size of the board to seven. Board members include the head of the municipal council or, if the head chooses not to be a member of the board, another member of the council appointed by resolution of the council; two members of the council appointed by resolution of the council; one person appointed by resolution of the council, who is neither a member of the council nor an employee of the municipality; and three persons appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Boards elect a chair and may elect a vice-chair. If an appointee of the Lieutenant Governor in Council is unable to serve, the Solicitor General may appoint a replacement to serve until the Lieutenant Governor in Council selects a new appointee.
Appointees to Police Services Boards should be active members of their community with a general knowledge of Police Services Boards duties and responsibilities and awareness of community safety issues and programs within their local community. Members appointed by the Province of Ontario must be residents of Ontario and cannot be a judge, justice of the peace, a current police officer or a person who practises criminal law as a defence counsel.
There is no limitation in legislation.
- Boards meet a minimum of four times per year, as required by the Police Services Act.
Appointees to the Police Services Board are remunerated by the Municipal Council.