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Toronto Police Services Board

Established in 1834, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) is the police force servicing Toronto and includes approximately 8,000 full-time and part-time uniform and civilian members. TPS members include frontline police officers, criminal investigators, community response officers, parking enforcement officers, communications operators, court officers, civilian specialists, and support staff.

The Toronto Police Services Board's mandate is legislated by the Police Services ActOpens in new window and, includes general management and setting of policing policy. Generally, the board's role in shaping the structure of policing is very broad, limited by legislation only in the realm of day-to-day operations.

Board responsibilities

The board is responsible for:

  • determining, after consulting with the Chief of Police, objectives and priorities for the TPS
  • establishing policies for the effective administration of the TPS
  • recruiting and appointing the Chief of Police and Deputy Chiefs of Police and determining their annual remuneration and working conditions
  • directing the Chief of Police in policy and administrative matters and monitoring his or her performance

Board size and composition

The board consists of 7 members composed of:

Chair and vice chair

Under the Police Services Act, the board elects its chair and vice chair from amongst its members.

Term of office

The term of office for the City's public member is four years.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for appointment to the board, the public member must meet the eligibility requirements in the City's Public Appointments Policy.

Under the Police Services Act, persons are ineligible for appointment to the board if they are:

  • a judge
  • a justice of the peace
  • a police officer
  • a person who practices criminal law as a defence counsel


The City's public member of the board should demonstrate some of the following qualifications:

  • an interest in, and commitment to, public safety and responsible police governance
  • an understanding of the police community, its values, and its needs
  • superior skills in leadership and management
  • administrative and budgetary experience
  • dedication to public service and the community
  • skills in conflict management, negotiation, and mediation
  • an ability to set organizational goals and priorities
  • a flexible schedule to meet time commitments of the position


The board meets monthly. In addition, public members attend community meetings and ceremonial and other special events.


  • The chair receives an annual retainer of $90,963
  • The vice chair receives an annual retainer of $13,750 and a per diem payment of $350 to a maximum remuneration of $22,500
  • Members receive an annual retainer of $8,750 and a per diem payment of $350 to a maximum remuneration of $15,750

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The current and historical Appointments for this body.

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City Council appointed one public member to the Toronto Police Services Board at its March 29-31 meeting. Applications will continue to be accepted for future vacancies.