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**Please note the March 26, 2020 Board meeting has been postponed. For more updates on the Municipality of Port Hope's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit their website. 

The Port Hope Police Service will continue to provide updates via their webpage and social media (Facebook and Twitter).**

The key responsibility of the Port Hope Police Services Board (Board) is to ensure that the Municipality is supplied with adequate and effective police services. The Board is responsible for the hiring and evaluation of the Chief of the Port Hope Police Service (PHPS). The PHPS Chief oversees daily police operations. The Board works within the Ministry of the Solicitor General guidelines; and in conjunction with the PHPS and the Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to provide civilian oversight and insight into strategic planning, policy development and budgeting.

The Board is comprised of two members of municipal council, two provincial appointees, and one member of the public.

Board Members

  • Jeff Gilmer, Chair (Provincial Appointee)
  • John Hudson, Vice Chair (Municipal Appointee)
  • Les Andrews  (Member of Council)
  • Laurie Carr  (Member of Council)
  • George Kallonakis (Provincial Appointee)

Staff

  • Dawn Campbell, Board Administrator 

Strategic Planning

Under the Police Services Act, the Ministry of the Solicitor General provides a framework for core policing requirements of all municipal police services in Ontario. One key function of a police services board is to work with the Chief of Police and community members to prepare a three-year business plan. Accordingly, the Board has developed this plan for the urban portion of the Municipality of Port Hope, as it is policed by the PHPS. 

Survey

The Board is inviting all citizens of the urban portion of the Municipality of Port Hope to complete the following survey. The responses will be used in developing the 2021-2023 Business Plan for the Port Hope Police Service. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JXW7XT5 

If you have any questions on the survey or the Business Plan, please email the Board Administrator at phpsb@porthope.ca.  Paper copies of the survey will be available at a later date.

Policy

As required under O.Reg 3/99 Adequacy and Effectiveness of Police Services, the Board maintains 118 policies in the following areas: Administration and Infrastructure; Crime Prevention; Emergency Response Services; Law Enforcement; Management; Procedural; Public Order; and Victim Assistance. Copies of the policies can be obtained by contacting the Board Administrator.

False Alarms

The Board also adminsters notification to members of the public in the event of false alarms. As outlined in PHPSB MGMT-021, false alarms occur when a business or residence has an active alarm system that has sounded without substantiated cause. Any residence or business that has had two or more false alarms, where officers were dispatched and found no evidence of cause, may be subject to a fee. 

Media Releases

Copies of the Board's media releases can be viewed on the Municipality of Port Hope's "Public Notices" webpage, please visit www.porthope.ca

Meetings

Board meetings are open to the public and are held in the Leonard Hutchings Community Room at the Port Hope Police Facility at 55 Fox Road.  Attendees should use the Community Room entrance.  

Under the Police Services Act, the Board is required to meet at least four times a year. A copy of the schedule can be found below. 

Beginning in 2018, minutes and agendas can be found on the Municipality of Port Hope's Council Portal: https://porthope.civicweb.net/Portal/

For Minutes and Agendas for prior years, please contact the board administrator.


Reports

Public Complaints

As outlined in the Police Services Act, the Board encourages all members of the public to submit any concerns or complaints with respect to policies or services provided by the PHPS or conduct of a police officer to the appropriate governing bodies. Complaints can be submitted to the PHPS at the attention of the Chief of Police or can be submitted directly to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD). All complaints against the PHPS are presented to the Board at the next monthly meeting.

For more information on submitting a complaint to the OIPRD, please visit the following website or contact the OIPRD directly:

Office of the Independent Police Review Director

655 Bay Street, 10th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 2K4
Toll Free Phone: (877) 411-4773
Local Phone: (416) 246-7071
TTY: (877) 414-4773

www.oiprd.on.ca 

Contact the Board

All inquiries with respect to the Port Hope Police Services Board can be directed to the board administrator.

Mailing address:

56 Queen St. Port Hope, ON  L1A 3Z9

phpsb@porthope.ca

(905) 885-8123 ext. 245

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