NOW RECRUITING: Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board

The City of Victoria is seeking a volunteer to serve as its representative on the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board. Candidates 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.

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.

About

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

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.

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.

Learn more and apply by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021.