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Police Services Board

The Police Services Board’s most important responsibility, as the governing body of your local police service, is to ensure that the citizens of Owen Sound are provided with adequate and effective policing, delivered in the most cost-efficient manner possible.

The Board's Strategic Priorities, incorporated into the Board’s 2023-2026 Operations Plan, include:

  • Community Safety

  • Community Wellbeing

  • Our Members

  • Sustainability

The Owen Sound Police Service leadership team has devised goals and actions aimed at addressing these pivotal priorities.

Pictured from left to right: Member Brian O'Leary, Member Suneet Kukreja, Chair John Thomson, Executive Assistant Kayla Wardell, and Member Ian Boddy

The Owen Sound Police Services Board comprises five Civilian members, including two appointed by the Province, two appointed by the Municipal Council, and one Community Member appointed by the Council. The current composition of the Board is:

  • John Thomson - Chair/Community Representative
  • Mayor Ian Boddy - Elected Member of City Council
  • Suneet Kukreja - Elected Member of City Council
  • Brian O'Leary - Provincial Appointee
  • Vacant - Provincial Appointee
  • Kayla Wardell -  Executive Assistant
Responsibilities of a Police Service Board (Section 31 (1) of Police Services Act of Ontario)


  • Generally determine, after consultation with the chief of police, objectives and priorities with respect to police services in the municipality,
  • Establish policies for the effective management of the police force,
  • Recruit and appoint the chief of police and any deputy chief of police, and annually determine their remuneration and working conditions, taking their submissions into account,
  • Direct the chief of police and monitor his or her performance,
  • Establish policies respecting the disclosure by chiefs of police of personal information about individuals,
  • Receive regular reports from the chief of police on disclosures and decisions made under section 49 (secondary activities),
  • Establish guidelines with respect to the indemnification of members of the police force for legal costs under section 50,
  • Establish guidelines for dealing with complaints made under Part V,
  • Review the chief of police's administration of the complaints system under Part V and receive regular reports from the chief of police on his or her administration of the complaints system.

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Other Important Links:

OACP (Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police) E-mail -

OAPSB (Ontario Association of Police Services Boards) E-mail -

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