Ontario Civilian Police Commission appoints Malcolm Mercer to oversee Thunder Bay Police Services Board

Thunder Bay – NEWS -UPDATE – Effective April 19, 2022, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission issued an Interim Order appointing Mr. Malcolm Mercer as the Administrator of the Thunder Bay Police Service Board (TBPSB) for a term of six months. The deadline can be extended if necessary.

The Ontario Civilian Commission on Police (OCPC) has done so because it is concerned about the oversight of the Thunder Bay Police Service by the Thunder Bay Police Service Board and the provision of police to the community.

The Administrator’s role is to restore good governance, ensure that the TBPSB provides sufficient oversight of police services in Thunder Bay, and restore public confidence in the ability of the TBPSB and Thunder Bay Police Services. Bay to provide adequate and effective policing in the community.

Malcolm Mercer was called to the Bar in 1984 and has held several important leadership positions in the Ontario legal community. He is currently President of the Tribunal du Barreau. Mr. Mercer was the former Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario, former Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, and General Counsel and Litigation Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. His distinguished career in the justice system with a concentration in legal ethics, public law and governance will be an asset as an administrator.

The CCOP is an independent quasi-judicial body. The COPC hears appeals, adjudicates applications, conducts investigations and resolves disputes regarding the oversight and delivery of police services. The powers and duties of the COPC derive from the Police Services Act, RSO 1990, c. P.15. and in particular Articles 22 and 25 of the LSP.

This process began on February 11, 2022. The Ontario Civilian Commission on Policing (OCPC) then stated that it was concerned about the management of discipline by the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) in the service. police force, the conduct of criminal investigations by its officers, and the ability of senior management to administer the day-to-day operations of the police department in good faith and in accordance with the Police Services Act (PSA).

The CCOP’s concerns are based on the results of a preliminary review conducted in TBPS at the request of Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and the Thunder Bay Police Services Board.

Effective February 10, 2022, in order to ensure continued public confidence in the delivery of policing services in Thunder Bay, the COPC, relying on the powers granted by s. 25 of the LSP, will open an investigation, the terms of which can be found in the attached terms of reference.

The CCOP is an independent quasi-judicial body. The COPC hears appeals, adjudicates applications, conducts investigations and resolves disputes regarding the oversight and delivery of police services. The powers and duties of the COPC derive from the Police Services Act, RSO 1990, c. P.15. and in particular Articles 22 and 25 of the LSP.

This is the second time the CCPO has appointed an administrator to oversee the Thunder Bay Police Services Board.

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