Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board
Thank you to those who applied to represent the City of Victoria on the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board. The deadline to apply was Monday, September 27, 2021.
Victoria City Council’s nominee to the Police Board must be approved by the B.C. Government. The appointee will be informed this fall and their term will begin in January 2022.
The Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board consists of nine members:
- Mayor, City of Victoria (Lead Co-Chair)
- Mayor, Township of Esquimalt (Deputy Co-Chair)
- 2 City Appointees (one City of Victoria resident; one Township of Esquimalt resident)
- 5 Provincial Government Appointees
The City of Victoria representative must reside in the City of Victoria. The term of this appointment is a minimum of one year and may be extended or renewed for up to six consecutive years.
A municipal Police Board performs both a governance function and an oversight function. Governance is controlling and directing the development of policy; oversight involves ensuring that the legislated functions of the police department are carried out.
The Police Board performs four main governance functions:
- it is the employer of police department staff and is responsible for negotiating the collective agreement with the police union
- in consultation with the Chief Constable, it sets priorities, goals and objectives for the police department
- prepares and submits a provisional budget for Council approval
- has authority for police service and policy complaints.
The Police Board may also study, investigate and prepare a response on matters concerning policing, law enforcement and crime prevention in its municipality.
Candidates should have the following personal attributes:
- Knowledge about and an interest in the community
- Ability to understand the complexities of policing
- Commitment to protecting fairness, avoiding conflict of interest and maintaining neutrality and objectivity
- Willingness, ability and availability to meet time commitments related to Board duties
- Ability to work with a variety of situations, groups and people, and to deal with difficult interpersonal situations
- Possess problem-solving skills
- Willing to submit to a criminal record review and participate in a personal interview
Equity-seeking groups served by the Victoria Police Department are encouraged to apply.
The goal is that the Police Board reflects community demographics and consists of qualified people who have shown they can act in the public’s interest.
Time Commitment / Remuneration
Board members attend monthly meetings and are required to read background materials and meeting minutes. Members may also be asked to sit on sub-committees, participate in panels or attend other meetings to deal with specific issues.
Members of the Police Board are eligible to receive remuneration to a maximum of $8,000 per year to attend meetings, approved activities, events and training as per Section 1.11 of the Board Policy and Procedures Manual.