POLICE SERVICES BOARDS
Responsibilities of Police Services Boards
Police services boards fulfill a major civilian oversight role throughout Ontario.
Every municipality that maintains a police service has a police services board to provide general management, set policies and oversee the police service.
Under the Police Services Act
, boards may establish guidelines for dealing with complaints against police, and may review the chief's administration of the complaints system. Any guidelines established by the board must be in agreement with those established by the OIPRD. Where a municipality has contracted the Ontario Provincial Police for policing, the police board's responsibilities regarding public complaints are limited to reviewing the detachment commander's administration of the public complaints system, and receiving regular reports from the detachment commander on the administration of the system.
The OIPRD does not have jurisdiction over Police Services Boards.
Complaints about Police Services Boards