The Windsor Police Services Board is a five member
civilian Board that oversees the Windsor Police Service. Two Board members are
appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario, two are
appointed by Municipal Council (ie. the Mayor or designate and one member of
Municipal Council), and one is a Municipal appointee who is neither a member of
council nor an employee of the municipality.
Board members are regulated by a code of conduct outlined
in the Police Services Act.
Section 31 of the Police Services Act of Ontario outlines
the responsibilities of Boards.
(1) A Board is responsible for the
provision of adequate and effective police services in the municipality and
a) appoint the members of the municipal police
b) generally determine, after consultation with the
chief of police, objectives and priorities with respect to police services in
c) establish policies for the effective management
of the police force;
d) recruit and appoint the chief of police and any
deputy chief of police, and annually determine their remuneration and working
conditions, taking their submissions into account;
e) direct the chief of police and monitor his or her
f) establish policies respecting the disclosure by
chiefs of police of personal information about individuals;
g) receive regular reports from the chief of police
on disclosures and decisions made under section 49 (secondary activities);
h) establish guidelines with respect to the
indemnification of members of the police force for legal costs under section 50;
i) establish guidelines for dealing with complaints
made under Part V;
j) review the chief of police's administration of
the complaints system under Part V and receive regular reports from the chief of
police on his or her administration of the complaints system.
members of the police force, whether they were appointed by the board or not,
are under the board's jurisdiction.
board may give orders and directions to the chief of police, but not to other
members of the police force, and no individual member of the board shall give
orders or directions to any member of the police force.
board shall not direct the chief of police with respect to specific operational
decisions or with respect to the day-to-day operation of the police force.
board shall ensure that its members undergo any training that the Solicitor
General may provide or require.
(6) The board may, by by-law,
make rules for the effective management of the police force.
(7) The board may establish
guidelines consistent with section 49 for disclosing secondary activities, and
for deciding whether to permit such activities.