Schreiber is Seeking Applicants to Sit on the new Police Service Board

Schreiber is recruiting for a member of the community to accept an appointment to serve as a member of a brand new Joint Police Service Board.

A “Police Service Board” meets regularly (approximately every 2 months) with the Ontario Provincial Police (“OPP”) Detachment Commander and/or other officers to discuss OPP services, calls, concerns and more.  Community views and needs are discussed.  As well, the Police Service Board Chair has the opportunity to participate in the selection/evaluation processes for the Detachment commander. 

It’s an exciting time to be working with the OPP.  The legislation governing policing in Ontario is about to change.  Historically, the statute was the “Police Services Act” (passed back in 1990).  The new “Community Safety and Policing Act” was passed in 2019, and will take effect on April 1, 2024.

The Detachment of the OPP that services our area is known as the “Nipigon Detachment”.  It serves a very large geographic area, and for that reason, our detachment will have two separate police service boards, rather than one.

The Townships of Schreiber and Terrace Bay, and the Pays Plat First Nation will have a joint Police Service Board called “Nipigon 1”.  The Townships of Nipigon, Red Rock, and Dorion, and the Red Rock Indian Band will have a second joint Police Service Board, known as “Nipigon 2”.

The new “Nipigon 1” Police Service Board will have 5 members.

Two of these members will be appointed by the two municipalities from among their council representatives.  Terrace Bay has appointed Mayor Malashewski, and Schreiber has appointed Mayor Mullins.

Two more members will be appointed by the two municipalities from among their residents as “community representatives”.  These are the seats that the municipalities are currently seeking applicants for.

One member of the Board will be appointed by the Province.  There is an application process for this seat, which the municipalities are not involved with.  Anyone interested may apply through the Provincial process.

The Board needs to be representative of the population it serves, so the application process will take diversity into consideration. The Board will have a valuable connection with the Detachment Commander to provide the expectations of policing in the community.

We are currently recruiting community members for “Nipigon 1”.  One community member will be recruited and appointed by Terrace Bay, and one by Schreiber.  These are the considerations for applying:

  • Judges, active or retired members of a police force, criminal defense lawyers, and crown attornies are not eligible to apply.
  • You must be a resident of the Township of Terrace Bay or Township of Schreiber
  • You must pass a comprehensive background check, including providing a clear criminal records check that was undertaken within the past 12 months.
  • An understanding of the role of a police service board is a benefit.
  • Volunteer work in community organizations is a benefit.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Previous experience on boards or committees is an asset

If you are the successful applicant, you must complete training prior to starting their duties on the Board.  The training is involves the roles and responsibilities of the board, Human Rights, systemic racism, the diverse, multiracial and multicultural character of Ontario society and the rights and cultures of First Nation, Inuit and Métis people. The training is virtual (distance learning using a computer), and is expected to take up to 15 hours.

Note: As a board member, you may be subject to other statutes, regulations, rules or directives that currently exist or that may be established which are applicable to agencies, boards or commissions.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a seat on the Nipigon #1 Police Services Board, please submit your letter expressing interest in the position to:

For Terrace Bay                                                          For Schrieber
J. Hall, CAO/Clerk                                                       R. Evans, Acting CAO/Clerk
Township of Terrace Bay                                            Township of Schreiber
1 Selkirk Avenue,                                                        204 Alberta Street
Terrace Bay, ON                                                         Schrieber, ON
P0T 2W0                                                                     P0T 2S0                                          

The Deadline to apply is Friday, March 29, 2024 at 12 noon

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