About the Winnipeg Police Board
The Winnipeg Police Board exists to improve transparency and accountability in policing. It receives its authority from Manitoba’s Police Services Act (2009) and a City of Winnipeg by-law (148/2012).
The Board is composed of a minimum of seven and a maximum of nine civilian members, including the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board. A minimum of five and a maximum of seven members of the Board are appointed by Winnipeg City Council and two are appointed by the Province of Manitoba. Currently, the Board’s members are:
- Councillor Markus Chambers - Chair
- Brian Scharfstein - Vice Chair
- Mohamed El Tassi
- Damon Johnston - Appointed by the Province of Manitoba
- Councillor Brian Mayes
- Edna Nabess
- Alicja Szarkiewicz - Appointed by the Province of Manitoba
Together, the Board members establish priorities and objectives for the Winnipeg Police Service and ensure policing in Winnipeg lives up to citizens’ needs and expectations.
What does the Winnipeg Police Board do?
- Seeks community input on policing priorities and public safety issues
- Uses community input to develop strategic plans and objectives for the Winnipeg Police Service
- Ensures money in the police budget is spent according to public priorities
- Improves connections between the community and the Winnipeg Police Service
- Appoints the Chief of Police and evaluates his or her performance
- Receives reports from the Winnipeg Police Service and makes them public
- Meets in public to be open and accountable
In order to do its job, the Board works closely with the Winnipeg Police Service and the City of Winnipeg. Manitoba’s Police Services Act gives each organization different powers and responsibilities, but they share a vision of creating a culture of safety for all of Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Police Board
- Consults the community to establish policing priorities and values
- Appoints and evaluates the Chief of Police
- Establishes policies for the Winnipeg Police Service
- Recommends and allocates the Police budget
- Approves Police quarterly financial reports
- Develops the strategic plan, priorities and objectives for the Winnipeg Police Service
Chief of the Winnipeg Police Service
- Responsible for the enforcement of law, prevention of crime and preservation of public peace
- Oversees management, administration and operation of the Police Service
- Maintains discipline in the Police Service
City of Winnipeg Council
- Establishes by-laws
- Appoints members to the Police Board
- Sets the total amount of the Winnipeg Police Service’s annual budget
- Provides reasonable remuneration to Police Board members
- Receives Police quarterly financial reports as information
City of Winnipeg
- Is the employer of the Chief of Police and all members of the Winnipeg Police Service
- Sets the pay and benefits for all members of the Police Service
- Responsible for all legal contracts, including collective agreements
- Responsible for capital assets
- Establishes protocols for all City departments (respectful workplace, health and safety)
The following organizational chart shows that the Chief of the Winnipeg Police Service reports directly to the Winnipeg Police Board. Both the Board and the Chief of Police have working relationships with the City of Winnipeg. The Chief of Police has a working relationship with the City of Winnipeg in respect of administrative matters such as financial, human resource and asset management.
You can find an organizational chart showing the internal divisions and units of the Winnipeg Police Service on the Winnipeg Police Service website.