The CRPA is responsible to the municipalities of Dieppe, Moncton, and Riverview for the purpose of providing regional policing services to the municipalities and to ensure adequacy of strategic planning, police coverage and fiscal management of the Regional Police Service.
The CRPA demonstrates accountability to the public, to the partner municipalities, to the Province and to other stakeholders through periodic reports, meetings (except in camera portions), receiving representations from key stakeholders and other interested persons, and by operating in a transparent manner.
Terms of reference of the CRPA
- Seek out and receive input regarding the community safety and security needs within Codiac Region.
- Set the goals, priorities and objectives of the Regional Police Service. However, given the nature of the RPSA contractual arrangement, no priority, objective or goal can be intended to interfere with the internal administration of the Regional Police Service (the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)).
- Provide advice to the Regional municipalities regarding the financial and resourcing needs of the Regional Police Service.
- Monitor the implementation of the priorities goals and objectives of the Regional Police Service.
- Manage effectively and monitor the financial activities of the Regional Police Service.
- Provide periodic reports as reasonably required to key stakeholders such as the Province, the councils, and the community.
- Conduct the governance of the Regional Police Service according to the Police Act of New Brunswick.
CRPA style and commitment
As statutory governance body, the CRPA must be and must be seen to be:
- Mindful of civic trusteeship in the oversight of an important community service.
- Independent of the police management, administration and operations, and of political affiliations, influence and interest groups.
- Subject to the need for confidentiality and security of information and data.
- Open, transparent, accountable, and accessible to the community.
- Informed on issues related to policing and willing to remain active in the acquisition and discussion of governance matters, CRPA business, and policing issues.
- Sharing information between the Regional Police and the CRPA in an atmosphere that promotes clarity, openness, transparency, and trust.
Fundamentals of the Board
1.1 The Board’s philosophy
The Board endorses a contemporary community policing approach and adopts the following definition:
“Community policing is an interactive partnership between the public and the police to mutually identify, prioritize, prevent and solve local crime and disorder problems thereby improving the quality of life. In New Brunswick, it is understood that all policing activities are aligned with the principles of community policing. Community policing is a way of doing business, a working philosophy with goals and processes that encompasses a vast array of strategies, programs and tactics. The Police Force and the Board have the responsibility to ensure that policies in place reflect the needs of the community.”
Governance is the exercising of direct authority over an organization or entity. It is the ability to control and direct the making of policy, as well as directing and influencing decisions made by the organization. It includes the capability to ensure that decisions made by the governing body are carried out in accordance with the governing body’s direction (oversight); with recourse to corrective action should this not occur.
Governance is the processes and structure used to provide direction to an organization’s general operations and activities.
Oversight involves ensuring that the legislated functions for the police force are carried out by the organization and the services provided are in accordance with the law and a Code of Professional Conduct.
To provide effective governance that facilitates innovative and responsive policing to create a safe community through the forging of strategic partnerships between the community and its police.
To provide independent civilian oversight and governance of the Police Force in order to ensure a safe community.