MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY - County councillor Angela Aalbers has been appointed to the provincial board that examines complaints concerning police conduct.
Her appointment to the Law Enforcement Review Board came by Order in Council. Aalbers applied for a position on the board as a private citizen and was appointed following a vetting process.
“I’m thrilled to be appointed to this board as it takes public service to another level. The learning opportunity will also be amazing,” said Aalbers.
A quasi-judicial tribunal established under the Police Act, the board reviews public complaints concerning the conduct of municipal police officers, and hears appeals by police of disciplinary action taken by the chief of police, and appeals from peace officers who have had their appointment cancelled.
Appeals to the board can be filed by citizens, police officers and peace officers. At the request of the government, the board may also investigate any matter relating to policing in the province.
According to the mandate and roles document for the board, “It is recognized that the independent and impartiality of the board is integral to its adjudicative functions, and that its decision must be made, and seen to be made, impartially and independently. Public confidence in independent oversight of police conduct depend on this.”
Board members are remunerated by honorarium for their time spent conducting board business, including reviewing records and written submissions.
Aalbers says her position on the board is as a citizen and not related to her role on Mountain View County council.