Cops are always looking for a few good men and women to serve — and now the board that governs the Port Moody Police Department is looking too.
The Port Moody Police Board has two vacant volunteer positions and is looking for applicants to fill those roles.
The board is the governing body for the department, is responsible for the strategic priorities and direction of the department, and provides direction to the chief constable on operations.
The board is made up of a chair — the mayor — one member appointed by city council and five members appointed by the provincial government.
The board is looking to replace the government-appointed members.
Mayor Mike Clay said it’s important to fill the two vacancies because the board has a lot of work to do.
Specifically, he noted with just four members, it’s difficult to fill the board’s sub-committees.
“Over the last few years we’ve lost some real skill sets on the board and we want to make sure we’re rounding out whose voice is being heard at the table,” Clay told the Tri-Cities NOW.
Terms for board members last three years, but members can be reappointed for a maximum of six years.
The mayor said the board is looking for someone who has worked with youth or is familiar with youth justice, as well as a passionate business owner.
He said he personally wants to see a board representative from the community with a diverse mix of people in ages and professions.
What the board isn’t looking for is people who want to bring back things like photo radar or change how police train.
Clay said most people who are interested would want to not only give back, but help shape the community.
“Most people who are passionate about where they live would want to have their voice at that table,” he said, adding the board wants people interested in the governance of the department.
Dave Whelan, a current board member, said he wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when he joined, despite sitting on various city committees over the years.
However, he likened being a board member to being on a board of directors for a public company.
“The purpose is to provide policy, financial and strategic guidance to the department while maintaining an arms-length perspective on operational issues,” he said in a statement, “a task which is difficult at times as there is a tendency to roll up your sleeves and jump in at times.”
Prospective police board candidates must live in Port Moody, undergo a criminal records check, and commit up to 15 hours a month to fulfill board duties.
Expressions of interest are being accepted up until Oct. 25.
For more information, go to www.portmoodypolice.ca.
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