What the Police Board Does...

Legislated Mandate

The role of a municipal police board is to establish a municipal police department and to provide general direction to this department, in accordance with relevant legislation and in response to community needs. Municipal police boards are created independently from municipal councils and from the provincial government. This removes boards from partisan council politics and recognizes that both the municipality and the province have legitimate interests in municipal policing.

Main Oversight Functions

Police Boards in British Columbia perform four main governance functions:

  • Employers of sworn and civilian staff
  • Policy and direction setters
  • Financial overseers
  • Authority for policy and service complaints