January 2020
Government Announces Consultations on OPP Detachment Boards Compositions

2020-01-16 3:14:03 PM


Ontario’s Solicitor General, Sylvia Jones, has written to all Heads of Council to announce consultations on regulations that will support the establishment of new OPP detachment boards. This regulations are as a result of the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 that is not yet in effect.  

According to AMO, the changes include:

Structure of Boards

  • There will be one OPP detachment board for each detachment that provides policing in a municipality or in a First Nation Reserve (flexible to certain circumstances and/or geography). The composition of the board, terms of office, and remuneration will be provided in regulations, which has yet to be determined.

  • Such changes would extend police governance to around 200 municipalities that do not have a Board and merge the existing boards within a detachment


Activity of Boards

  • Boards will determine local objectives, priorities, and policies in consultation with the Detachment Commander

  • Boards will consult with the Commissioner of the OPP on the selection of the Detachment Commander

  • The Detachment Commander will prepare and adopt a local action plan in consultation with the board

  • Training for board members will become mandatory


Financial Considerations

  • All policing will become contract and thereby eliminate any distinctions between contract and non-contract

  • Billing related regulations address transition matters and account for service differences between municipalities, as well as existing contracts expiring at the end of 2020

  • Billing model changes will not lower the overall cost of policing for the municipal sector


OPP Governance Advisory Council (Provincial)

  • The Council is created to provide advice to the Solicitor General with respect to the use of the Solicitor General’s powers related to the OPP

  • This change will also enhance civilian governance of the OPP


Roundtable meetings will be held in Kenora, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, London, Brockville, and Orillia. Meeting details, such as the date and times, have yet to be released by the Ministry.

For more information, please see below:

AMO: Government Announces Consultation on Re-Composition of OPP Detachment Boards

Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019


 


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