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Huron County OPP Detachment Board Community Representative Applicant Information

Applications are due June 21, 2024 at 4:00pm

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The Huron County OPP Detachment Board is seeking two community representatives to sit as Members of the Board.

This posting is for two Huron County residents that would be selected to represent their municipality from a rate payer's perspective. These two residents will be selected and appointed as municipal appointees by the six elected officials who were appointed by their respective Councils to sit on the Detachment Board. 

Background:
Effective April 1, 2024, the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 came into effect. Prior to April 1st, multiple municipalities in Huron County had independent Police Service Boards. However, under the new Act, Huron County has moved to a consolidated Board known as the Huron County OPP Detachment Board.
The Board is composed of ten members:

  • One elected official from each of the following municipalities: Goderich, Central Huron, South Huron, North Huron, Huron East and Bluewater
  • two municipal appointees (i.e. community representatives who live within Huron County who are appointed by the municipal elected officials on the Board)
  • two provincial appointees (i.e. community representatives appointed by the province)

The Role of Board Members: The O.P.P. Detachment Board shall:

  1. consult with the Commissioner regarding the selection of a detachment commander and otherwiseparticipate, in accordance with the regulations made by the Minister, in the selection of the detachment commander;
  2. determine objectives and priorities for the detachment, not inconsistent with the strategic plan preparedby the Minister, after consultation with the detachment commander or his or her designate;
  3. advise the detachment commander with respect to policing provided by the detachment;
  4. monitor the performance of the detachment commander;
  5. review the reports from the detachment commander regarding policing provided by the detachment; and
  6. on or before June 30 in each year, provide an annual report to the municipalities and band councils regarding the policing provided by the detachment in their municipalities or First Nation reserves. 2019,c.1, Sched. 1, s. 68 (1); 2023, c. 12, Sched. 1, s. 28.

Eligibility:
To qualify for the Community Representative on the OPP Detachment Board, applicants must be eligible to vote in the respective municipality within Huron County that they are appointed from.
Community Representatives shall not be an employee of their respective municipality.
The appointing body will consider the results of a potential appointee’s police record check that was prepared within the past 12 months before appointing him or her as a member of a police service board

As per the Act, the following persons are not eligible to be members of a police service board:

  1. A judge or justice of the peace.
  2. A member of a police service, a special constable or a First Nation Officer.
  3. Any person who practices criminal law as a defense counsel or as a prosecutor.
  4. A director, officer or employee of a prescribed policing provider.
  5. Any other prescribed persons. 2019, c. 1, Sched. 1, s. 33 (4); 2024, c. 2, Sched. 4, s.
  6. A former member of a police service is not eligible to be a member of a police service board unless,
    1. the police service board does not maintain a police service that the person was a member of; and
    2. at least one year has passed since the person ceased to be a member of any police service. 2019, c.1, Sched. 1, s. 33 (5).

Mandatory Training, Meetings, Term and Remuneration
If appointed, all Board Members are required to complete the following online training:

  • Police Service Boards Roles and Responsibilities Training (estimated time to complete 2-3 hours).
  • Thematic training on the following topics (each topic normally takes about 2 hours to complete):
    1. human rights;
    2. systemic racism;
    3. the diverse, multicultural, multiracial nature of Ontario society; and,
    4. rights and cultures of First Nation, Métis, Inuit Peoples.

The Board will meet a minimum of four times per year in Clinton, Ontario. Compensation is paid based on the following (note: the following rates are approximations and have not been formally approved):
The term of office for a community representative appointed by the elected officials of the Board will be two years but shall not exceed the term of office of the elected officials that appointed the member.
Meetings less than 3 hours: $72 / Meetings over 3 hours: $129

The Appointment Process:
The Community Representative appointment is an equal opportunity endeavor and the process supports diversity and applicants with disabilities.
In considering Community Appointments, preference will be given to persons demonstrating knowledge or experience in one (1) or more of the following areas:

  1. Finance
  2. Social Services
  3. Education
  4. Governance
  5. Legal
  6. Health Care
  7. Mental Health

Community Representative appointments will be determined by the elected officials on the Board and such appointments are at their sole discretion. Only selected candidates will be contacted.