Saanich Police Board

Keeping Saanich Safe


Role of the Board

The role of the Board is to establish the Saanich Police Department and provide general direction to the police department in accordance with relevant legislation and community needs. The Board is independent from municipal and provincial governments which removes the Board from partisan politics and recognizes the shared interests in policing of the municipal and provincial governments.

Responsibilities of the Board

The Board is a statutory body created under Part 5 of the BC Police Act and has four main governance and oversight functions:

  • the employer of all sworn and unsworn staff
  • sets the priorities, goals and objectives of the Police Department each year in consultation with the Chief Constable
  • provides financial and budget oversight
  • is the Discipline Authority for Service and Policy Complaints, with the Chair responsible for discipline of the Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constables

The Board is responsible for appointing the Chief Constable and evaluations the Chief Constable’s performance. The Board provides policy direction to the Police Department through the Chief Constable, who is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Police Department.

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