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 Community Safety and Correctional Services 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Under the Police Services Act, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) 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.
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:
655 Bay Street, 10th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 2K4
Toll Free Phone: (877) 411-4773
Local Phone: (416) 246-7071
TTY: (877) 414-4773
All inquiries with respect to the Port Hope Police Services Board can be directed to the board administrator.
56 Queen St. Port Hope, ON L1A 3Z9
(905) 885-8123 ext. 245