MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF THE POLICE SERVICES BOARD
On behalf of my colleagues on the Cobourg Police Services Board, I am proud to present some highlights of the Board activities in this 2015 Annual Report. The Cobourg Police Services Board is comprised of five members, which includes two Provincial appointees Mrs. Marg Godawa and Mrs. Gayle Metson. His Worship Gil Brocanier and Councillor Larry Sherwin are the two Council appointees. I sit as the member of the community as appointed by Council.
At the Board’s first meeting of the year, in January, the Board as required by the Police Services Act (PSA) held an election for Board Chair. I was pleased to receive the support of the Board in its unanimous endorsement of my role as Chair for another term.
The Board's role in policing is one of governance while the Chief manages the operations. Through the Board’s three year Business Plan, the Chief of Police and Police Service are provided with a set of goals and objectives that were developed with extensive community consultation. 2015 is the completion of year one of this three year Business Plan.
The Board worked hard throughout 2015 to provide good governance and strategic direction for the Police Service, fulfilling its obligation under the Police Services Act to ensure adequate and effective police services.
The Board successfully negotiated a three year term Uniform and Civilian Collective Agreement with both the Police Association and the Senior Police Association. The Board was able to negotiate a mutually beneficial severance agreement for the terminated dispatchers after the very difficult decision to disband the Police Communication Centre was made. This severance agreement was one of the criteria the Ontario Civilian Police Commission took into consideration when it made the decision not to hold a public PSA Section 40 disbandment hearing.
The board would like to acknowledge and commend the Police Service, Business Services Unit for another year of financial success. The Business Services Unit realized another year of revenue growth from conducting third party Criminal Records checks.
I would like to thank the men and woman of our Police Service who continue to serve our community with compassion, dedication, integrity and courage. Seeing the results as highlighted in this annual report, I remain very optimistic for 2016, knowing the Service is meeting the needs of our community.
Chair, Cobourg Police Services Board