Legislated Mandate

The Vancouver Police Board (the Board) provides civilian oversight to the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) by governing in accordance with relevant legislation and in response to public safety needs. The Board provides high-level strategic oversight, fostering accountable police services which reflect the needs, values and diversity of Vancouver’s many communities. Municipal police boards are created independently from municipal councils and from the provincial government. This removes boards from partisan politics and recognizes that both the municipality and the Provincial Government have legitimate interests in municipal policing.

Police boards in British Columbia perform four main governance functions:
• Employers of sworn and civilian staff of the VPD;
• Policy and direction setters;
• Financial overseers (budget); and
• Authority for policy and service complaints.

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Vancouver Police Board Associations

The Vancouver Police Board is a member of the following associations:

BCAPB British Columbia Association of Police Boards
Canadian association of Police Governance CAPG logo