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Police Service Board

In Ontario a police service board is a "local board" pursuant to the Municipal Act, but it receives its authority from the Community Safety and Policing Act (CSPA), which directs that every municipality maintaining a police force must have a police service board to ensure that adequate and effective policing is provided within the City of Kingston.

Police service board legislated responsibilities

Pursuant to the Community Safety and Policing Act (CSPA), the police service board duties are set out in Section 37 which include:

  • ensuring the provision of adequate and effective policing
  • employing members of the police service
  • appointing members of the police service as police officers
  • recruiting and appointing the Chief of Police and any Deputy Chief of Police and determining their remuneration and working conditions, taking their submissions into account
  • monitoring the Chief's performance
  • conducting a review of the chief of police's performance at least annually in accordance with the regulations made by the Minister, if any
  • monitoring the chief of police's decisions regarding the restrictions on secondary activities set out in Section 89 and reviewing the reports from the chief of police on those decisions
  • monitoring the chief of police's handling of discipline within the police service
  • ensuring that any police facilities used by the Board comply with any prescribed standards
  • preparing and adopting a diversity plan
  • preparing and adopting a strategic plan

Board members are subject to the provisions of the Community Safety and Policing Act and related regulations, including O.Reg. 408/23, Code of Conduct for Police Service Board Members.

If you would like more information about the Police Service Board, you may:

Email or call the Kingston Police Service Board Secretary, Lorie Sargeant, at 613-549-4660 ext. 2291.

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