Eligibility and Qualifications
Vancouver Police Board directors must either live or work in the City of Vancouver, and they must pass a criminal record review and undergo a personal interview.
Eligible Canadian citizens aged 18 or over, who have lived in British Columbia for at least six months, may be appointed to the Board.
Those who are not eligible include: any person who is a councillor or is ineligible to be elected as a councillor; judges of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal; employees or salaried officers of the City of Vancouver; those under sentence for an indictable offence, in custody or in prison; or those found guilty of an election offence.
Qualifications include knowledge about and interest in the community; an ability to understand the complexities of policing; critical thinking and problem-solving skills; a commitment to protecting fairness and maintaining neutrality; and the ability to address a range of complex and/or challenging situations. Directors must adhere to the Board’s confidentiality policy and must, at all times, avoid unauthorized or improper disclosure of confidential information received in their capacity as directors.
Vancouver Police Board Director Workload
1. Attendance at:
- Eight to nine Board meetings per year (five hours per meeting);
- Committee meetings (estimated three to nine hours/month, depending on committee membership);
- Service and Policy Complaint Review Committee meetings (as required);
- BC Association of Police Boards annual conference (three days/year, voluntary);
- Canadian Association of Police Boards annual conference (four days/year, voluntary);
- Specialized annual meetings such as workshops, planning sessions, and meetings with stakeholders (Council, Union, etc.); and
- Ongoing Board director orientation and training (estimated two hours/month).
2. Preparation for Board and committee meetings (estimated five to 10 hours/month).
3. Tours and outside community and recognition events that Board directors are encouraged to attend.
Meetings generally take place during regular business hours, and directors receive dedicated Board devices to read and respond to emails.
Compensation and Expenses
Vancouver Police Board directors are volunteers. Each Board director is paid a stipend, called a per diem, to cover incidental expenses incurred during their Board duties.
Each Board director’s total annual remuneration is published by the City of Vancouver.
The Board’s per diem policy and rates are reviewed at least every five years by the Board’s HR Committee.
Board director expenses for travel are paid according to the VPD’s Business Travel Policy.