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Huntsville Asked to Select Members Of New OPP Oversight Board

Posted: 2021-07-28 10:34:42 By: thebay

During Monday’s electronic town council meeting in Huntsville, Julie Stevens, CAO and Blair Levins, Executive Assistant for the District of Muskoka presented a report on the Huntsville OPP detachment board.

The Community Safety and Policing Act requires that there now be an OPP Detachment Board for each detachment that provides policing in a municipality or First Nation Community.

The District of Muskoka has administrative responsibilities for these detachment boards.  

The OPP Detachment Board will provide for greater civilian governance by ensuring each municipality and First Nations  has an opportunity to represent their local perspectives, needs and priorities. As well the board will provide opportunities to collaborate on efforts to enhance community safety and also enhance the transparent, coordinated and efficient delivery of OPP services.

The Boards will be responsible for consulting on the selection of a detachment commander, determine the objects and priorities for the detachment, monitor the performance of the commander, review reports of the commander, as well as considering any community safety and well being plan adopted, and lastly provide an annual report regarding the policing that was provided.

The proposed composition of the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Board would consist of 5 members, 1 elected official from each municipality, 1 community rep per municipality and 1 provincial appointee. Municipalities are not yet required to identify these individuals right now, but they have been asked to identify the number of seats and composition.

These are the first steps going forward.  Once the lower tier meetings have happened, the district will compile and use feedback and the process will move forward with the province.