Police board announces new member

The Durham Regional Police Services Board announces that Patrice Barnes has been appointed to the board by the provincial government for a three-year term.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve the community as a member of the Police Services Board,” said Barnes. “I look forward to contributing to the board’s governance and oversight of the Durham Regional Police Service and to representing the interests of our citizens in keeping our community safe.”

Barnes was elected to Durham District School Board (DDSB) to represent Ajax, in 2014 and reelected in 2018. In this role, she has served as the co-chair of the Diversity Steering Committee, Special Education Committee, vice chair of the Board of Trustee and chair of Education Finance Committee. She has also represented DDSB as a director with the Ontario Public School Board Association.

“Ms. Barnes’ community leadership experience will be a valuable asset to the Board,” stated board chair Kevin Ashe. “She is recognized for her commitment to diversity, inclusion and innovation and we look forward to her contributions to advance our policing and community safety objectives.”

The Durham Regional Police Services Board is the civilian governing body of the Police Service. Its responsibilities include establishing objectives for policing in consultation with the Chief of the Police, setting policies for the effective management of the Police Service, and hiring and monitoring the performance of the Chief of Police. The Board consists of seven members, three appointed by the Province of Ontario and four chosen by Regional Council.

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