Manitoba’s Police Services Act requires that each municipality operating a police service, establish a police board to oversee its operations. The Police Services Act was introduced to modernize police governance and oversight in the province and it replaces the antiquated Provincial Police Act. The requirement for Police Boards to oversee the operations of police services represents best practices in Canadian law enforcement, no matter the size of police services.
Members of the Police Board for the RM of Victoria Beach are Liz Murray, Al Rear and Mike Bartmanovich. Liz Murray has been a summer resident at Victoria Beach since 2002. In January, 2021, Council appointed Liz as Chair of the RMVB Police Board. She may be reached at email@example.com. Mr. Rear is a resident of Victoria Beach and was appointed by the department of the Attorney General, office of the Minister of Justice for a four year term. Mike Bartmanovich is a Councillor, appointed by Council to this Board. All members of the Board attend annual mandatory training seminars.
The purpose of the Police Board is to provide civilian control over law enforcement, the maintenance of public peace and crime prevention in the municipality. The Police Board provides administrative and strategic direction and the organization necessary to provide an adequate, effective police force within the municipality. The Police Board works with the Police Chief to establish annual budgets, priorities, and objectives that reflect the needs and values of our community. The Police Board establishes policies for the effective management of the police service and the Board acts as a liaison between the community and the police service. The Police Board has a duty to ensure that police services are delivered in a manner consistent with the needs, values and expectations of the community of Victoria Beach.
The Police Board does not give orders or direction to any police officer on specific operational decisions, investigations or the day-to-day operation of the police service.
The Police Board holds four public meetings annually. All public Police Board meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. and the 2021 calendar is as follows:
- April 13, 2021
- July 13, 2021
- October 6, 2021