June 20, 2022 Board of Police Commissioners

Date:

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual Meeting

Agenda

1. CALL TO ORDER AND LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

2. COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – May 16, 2022

4. APPROVAL OF THE ORDER OF BUSINESS AND APPROVAL OF ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS

5. BUSINESS ARISING OUT OF THE MINUTES 

6. CALL FOR DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTERESTS

7. CONSIDERATION OF DEFERRED BUSINESS – February 28, 2022
7.1 Jurisdictional Authority to Create a Terms of Reference for an Independent Civilian Review 

February 28, 2022 Motion:

MOVED by Commissioner Blackburn, seconded by Commissioner McDougall

THAT the Board of Police Commissioners request an independent legal opinion and a staff report on the jurisdictional authority for the Commission to create a terms of reference for an independent civilian review of the oversight, governance, and policy aspects of the handling of the protests on August 18, 2021.

And that the following motion be deferred until the opinion is received:

THAT the Board of Police Commissioners prepare a draft of a mandate and terms of reference for an independent civilian review of the oversight, governance, and policy aspects of the HRP’s handling of the protests on August 18, 2021, which mandate and terms of reference will be received and reviewed by the Board at a future meeting. 

MOTION PUT AND PASSED. 

8. CORRESPONDENCE, PETITIONS & DELEGATIONS
8.1 Correspondence 
8.2 Petitions
8.3 Presentations
8.3.1 Presentation – Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review: An Emerging Best Practice in Sexual Assault Investigations – Sunny Marriner, Canadian Lead, Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review [PDF]

9. INFORMATION ITEMS BROUGHT FORWARD

10. REPORTS/DISCUSSION
10.1 STAFF
 
10.1.1 Board of Police Commissioners July to December 2022 Meeting Schedule [PDF]
Motion: 
It is recommended that the Board of Police Commissioners approve the proposed meeting schedule for July to December 2022 as outlined in Attachment 1 of the May 3, 2022 staff report.

10.1.2 Wortley Report Recommendations Tracking Document June 2022 Update - To Be Circulated

10.1.3 Halifax Regional Police Policy Review [PDF]

10.1.4 Appointment of Representative to Nova Scotia Association of Police Governance Board of Directors [PDF]
Motion: 
That the Board of Police Commissioners appoint Commissioner Lisa Blackburn to serve as the Commission’s representative on the Nova Scotia Association of Police Governance Board of Directors. 

10.1.5 Selection of Nominee to Canadian Association of Police Governance Board of Directors [PDF]
Motion: 
That the Board of Police Commissioners approve the selection of Commissioner Yemi Akindoju to serve as the Commission’s nominee to the Canadian Association of Police Governance Board of Directors for the term 2022-2024.

10.1.6 Nova Scotia Association of Police Governance 2022/2023 Membership Renewal [PDF]
Motion:
That the Board of Police Commissioners approve the annual renewal of the Commission’s membership in the Nova Scotia Association of Police Governance in the amount of $900.

10.2 MEMBERS OF BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS
10.2.1 Commissioner Blackburn – Board of Police Commissioners Working Group on Recommendations to Define Defunding Police Terms of Reference [PDF]
Motion: 
That the Board of Police Commissioners:
1. Approve the Terms of Reference, as outlined in Attachment 1 of the report dated June 15, 2022, for a Working Group on Recommendations to Define Defunding Police.

2. Approve the formation of the Working Group on Recommendations to Define Defunding Police, directing the Working Group to follow the Terms of Reference below:
a) Review the Committee on Recommendations to Define Defunding Police Report Defunding the Police: Defining the Way Forward for HRM and review the 36 recommendations;
b) Identify the governmental agency with responsibility for specific recommendations;
c) Recommend to the Board a course of action to further the implementation of specific recommendations by identified responsible agencies;
d) Recommend to the Board Terms of Reference for a subcommittee to work on recommendations concerning the implementation of those recommendations within the Board’s jurisdiction; and
e) Provide a report containing these and any related recommendations for the Board of Police Commissioners to consider.

3. The Working Group on Recommendations to Define Defunding Police shall submit a written report to the Board of Police Commissioners.

10.2.2 Commissioner Critchley – Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review [PDF]
Motion:

1. That the Chair of the Halifax Board of Police Commissioners (the “Board”) direct the Chief Officer of the Halifax Regional Police (“HRP”) and recommend that the Chief Superintendent of the Halifax District Royal Canadian Mounted Police (“RCMP”) enter into discussions with the Improving Institutional Accountability Project (“IIAP”) to explore options for the implementation of the Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review (“VACR”) model in the Halifax Regional Municipality (“HRM”).

2. That the Board create a subcommittee, consisting of no more than three (3) members of the Board and any additional number of members of the public as required, to oversee and assist with the development and implementation of the VACR in the HRM.

10.3 COMMISSIONER UPDATES

10.4 HALIFAX REGIONAL POLICE/ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE CHIEF UPDATES

11. ADDED ITEMS

12. ITEMS FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION 
    
13. IN CAMERA (In Private) 
The Board of Police Commissioners may rise and go into a private In Camera (In Private) session, in accordance with Section 51 of the Nova Scotia Police Act for the purposes of dealing with the following:

13.1 LEGAL ADVICE - Private and Confidential Report [PDF]
A matter pertaining to legal advice eligible for solicitor-client privilege.
Motion: 
That the Board of Police Commissioners:

1. Adopt the recommendations as outlined in the private and confidential report dated May 30, 2022; and 

2. Direct that the private and confidential report dated May 30, 2022 be maintained private and confidential.

Private and Confidential Information Items
1. Private and Confidential In Camera (In Private) Information Report - re: Legal Advice
2. Private and Confidential In Camera (In Private) Information Report - re: Security Matter

14. NOTICES OF MOTION 

15. DATE OF NEXT MEETING – To Be Determined

16. ADJOURNMENT

INFORMATION ITEMS
1. Information report from Halifax Regional Police dated June 20, 2022 re: Halifax Regional Police Response to BoPC Motion 7.1, November 15, 2021: Communication Policy Where Police Complaint Investigation is Ongoing or Complaint is Reasonably Foreseeable [PDF]

2. Memorandum from Insp. Jeremie Landry, Acting OIC Management and Admin Services, Halifax District Royal Canadian Mounted Police dated June 17, 2022 re: Communications Matrix - Royal Canadian Mounted Police - “H” Division [PDF]

3. Report from Carole McDougall dated June 14, 2022 re: Work of Canadian Association of Police Governance Board (CAPG) [PDF]

4. Information report from the Legislative Assistant dated June 15, 2022 re: Presentation Requests [PDF]


For further information regarding this meeting, please contact Andrea Lovasi-Wood, Legislative Assistant, at lovasia@halifax.ca or 902.240.7164

To submit correspondence, email clerks@halifax.ca 

More information: https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/a-c/board-police-commissioners/engagement-bopc