Ministry of the
Solicitor General

Police services boards

Police services boards

Police services boards oversee how policing is provided in their local community. They contribute to their community’s safety and well-being by working with local citizens and organizations to ensure their community receives the appropriate policing it needs. A municipality’s policing is overseen by a board where the community chooses one of the following:

  • to establish a municipal police force
  • to establish a joint police force with other municipalities
  • to contract with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to receive policing services

Police services boards consist of an equal number of members appointed from both the regional or municipal council and the province, and one community member chosen by the council.

Becoming a provincially-appointed board member

Interested applicants may apply to become a provincially-appointed board member through the Public Appointments Secretariat website where current vacancies are listed. Provincial members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, by Order in Council.

To qualify as a board member, you must:

  • be a resident of the municipal area served by the board
    • consideration may be given to applicants who live outside of the municipal area served by the board, if there are no other qualified applicants
  • pass a comprehensive background check
  • understand the role of a police services board
  • be involved in your local community
  • have good written and verbal communications skills

Previous experience on boards or committees is considered an asset.

Board members are expected to:

  • complete training that may be provided by the ministry
  • participate in the election of a chair at the first meeting in each year, which may also include electing a vice-chair
  • follow and adhere to the Members of Police Services Boards Code of Conduct
  • attend meetings as determined by the board, with no fewer than four each year

Many boards hold monthly or special meetings throughout the year. Some boards may expect members to attend certain events related to the board’s work. Local police services boards can provide more information on the time commitment required.

Remuneration is provincially regulated, and the amount is determined and paid by the municipality.

Board responsibilities

OPP police services boards are responsible for:

  • determining objectives and priorities for police services, in consultation with the OPP detachment commander
  • advising the OPP detachment commander assigned to the municipal area, on police services and supports required in the area
  • establishing local policies on police services
  • participating in the selection of the detachment commander
  • receiving regular reports from the detachment commander
  • monitoring the performance of the detachment commander

Municipal police services boards are responsible for:

  • determining objectives and priorities for police services
  • establishing policies for the effective management of the police force
  • appointing members of the police force
  • preparing a business plan at least once every three years
  • recruiting and appointing the chief of police and any deputy chief
  • monitoring the performance of the chief of police
  • participating in collective bargaining and working agreement processes as the employer

Additional information

Provincial appointees reflect the diversity of the people of Ontario and deliver services and decisions in a non-partisan, professional, ethical and competent manner. Appointees have a commitment to the principles and values of public service.

Board members may be subject to other statutes, regulations, rules or directives that currently exist or that may be established which are applicable to agencies, boards or commissions. This includes those currently employed by the Ontario Public Service, which would exclude potential applicants from being provincially-appointed members to police service boards.

Contact information

Public Appointments Secretariat
Room 2440, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley St. West
Toronto, ON M7A 1W4