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Police Services Board



The Amherstburg Police Services Board is a five member civilian body that oversees the Amherstburg Police Service, named Canada's safest community for the past three years.

police service board members

Pictured above: Robert Rozankovic (Member), Councillor Jason Lavigne (Vice-Chair), Patricia Simone (Member), Mayor Aldo DiCarlo (Member), and Pauline Gemmell (Chair)


The Amherstburg Police Services Board meetings are generally held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, except August, at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room, Amherstburg Police Station, 532 Sandwich Street South

Change of meeting dates or the calling of special meetings will be posted on this website in advance of the meeting.

Please be advised that there will be an in-camera meeting on Monday, August 20th @ 4:30 pm.


The Police Services Act legislates that there shall be a police services board for every municipality that maintains a police force. A board is responsible for the provision of adequate and effective police services in the municipality.

The Police Services Board has a number of responsibilities, including:

  • Appointment of the members of the Amherstburg Police Service.
  • Generally determines, after consultation with the Chief of Police, objectives and priorities with respect to the police services in the municipality.
  • Establishing policies for the effective management of the Amherstburg Police Service.
  • Recruiting and appointing the Chief of Police and Deputy Chief of Police.
  • Directing the Chief of Police and monitoring his/her performance.
  • Establishing the budget for approval by Town Council

Board Members are governed by a code of conduct as outlined in Procedural By-law No. 2015-2 for the Amherstburg Police Services Board, Town of Amherstburg, Ontario and as set out in the Police Services Act (RSO 1990), Section 31.


The Police Services Act establishes the number of Board members in direct relation to the population of the area it represents.

The Board elects a Chair and Vice-Chair at its first meeting of each year. The timing and election of the Chair is legislated by the Police Services Act.

Members of the Amherstburg Police Services Board receive a stipend of $100.00 a month for attendance at meetings and other work related to their appointment to the Board.


The Amherstburg Police Services Board is composed of five members:

  • The head of the municipal council, or if the head chooses not to be a member of the board, another member of the council appointed by resolution of the council;
  • One member of the council appointed by resolution of the council;
  • One person appointed by resolution of the council, who is neither a member of the council nor an employee of the municipality (term of council); and
  • Two persons appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council (Province of Ontario).

Persons who are not eligible to become members of the Police Services Board:

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

Appointment of Citizen Representative by Council

Town Council will call for applications to sit on various boards and committees by placing an ad in the Rivertown Times and/or on the town website. Generally, appointment to the Police Services Board is made by Town Council soon after the new Council is sworn in (every four years). The term of office for this citizen appointee is four years also.
The Police budget for the 2016 year can be found within Amherstburg's published budget. Finer details start at page 36 for your reference. Download the 2016 Budget in "pdf" format.
 Addressing the Board

Should you wish to appear before the Amherstburg Police Services Board, you may do so at one of their regularly scheduled meetings by:

  • For an item not listed on the agenda, by submitting your request in writing a minimum of ten (10)days prior to the meeting, outlining the reason for your request to address the board;
  • For an item listed on the published agenda, by submitting your request by telephone or email, a minimum of two (2) days, prior to the meeting by telephone or email.


Chair, Amherstburg Police Services Board
532 Sandwich Street South

Amherstburg, ON N9V 3R2

Phone: (519) 736-8559

Urgent matter(s)

If your matter requires immediate attention, please call the number above. Emails may not be replied to immediately, as the Board Secretary is a part time position.

The contact information listed is not for police emergencies. For police emergencies call 911.