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Police Services Board

The Port Hope Police Services Board is a five-member civilian board that governs the Port Hope Police Service. Under the Police Services Act, the Board is responsible for providing adequate and effective police services to the citizens of the Municipality of Port Hope. The Detachment Commander of the Northumberland OPP also reports to the PHPSB.

The Port Hope Police Services Board has five members: two Provincial appointees, two Council appointees, and one member of the community as appointed by Council. 

Chair: Les Andrews                                                                        Vice Chair: George Kallonakis

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Member: Olena Hankivsky                                                       Member: John Hudson




Port Hope Police Services Board Meetings and Documents

The Port Hope Police Services Board meetings are open to the public and are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 3:00 PM. Meetings are held in the Board Room of the Port Hope Police station at 55 Fox Road.

All agendas and minutes can be found here by clicking on the meeting date you are looking for: 

Agendas and Minutes - Municipality of Port Hope


Strategic Plan 2024-2026

Message from the Board Chair:

On behalf of the Port Hope Police Services Board, I am pleased to present this Strategic Plan for 2024-2026.

Since our last Plan, there have been significant changes within the Port Hope Police Service. Most notably, our new Chief, Tim Farquharson, was hired to lead the Service beginning in February 2023.

Tim Farquharson brings an amazing set of skills to our community. He works closely with the outstanding leadership team of Inspector Katie Andrews, Staff Sergeant Gerry Marino, Director of Finance and HR Alexandra Goodridge, and Executive Assistant Jessica Wessels.

When you think of Port Hope, the first thing that comes to mind is its small-town feeling and an associated sense of security. But crime has no geographical boundaries, and although Port Hope is a smaller municipality, we are affected by organized crime groups from the GTA, and mental health and addiction challenges are present in our community.

It is not only up to our police to keep the community safe, it takes close collaboration and engagement with our community partners to allow Port Hope to be the best and safest town it can be. The Port Hope Police Service relies on the expertise of our partners to educate and assist the service with their specialized skills and knowledge.

The mental health and well-being of our own members is of the utmost importance. We are always looking for new ways to support our membership.  When our members are at their best, they can provide the highest possible level of service to the community.

The Board also places emphasis on investing in up-to-date equipment and technology that officers need to be successful. These investments are balanced with the Board’s responsibility to provide fiscal oversight for the service.

The Board will be working closely with Chief Farquharson to bring the priorities of this plan to life over the next 3 years. I would like to thank the Board, the leadership team at PHPS, and the community, for engaging with us as we created this Plan.

-Jeff Gilmer, Board Chair

Click Here for The Port Hope Police Strategic Plan 2024-2026

Duties of the Board

The responsibilities of the Police Services Board are outlined in section 31 (1) of Ontario's Police Services Act: 

  • Appoint the members of the municipal police force 
  • Generally determine, after consultation with the chief of police, objectives and priorities with respect to police services in the municipality 
  • Establish policies for the effective management of the police force 
  • Recruit and appoint the chief of police and any deputy chief of police, and annually determine their remuneration and working conditions, taking their submissions into account 
  • Direct the chief of police and monitor his or her performance 
  • Establish policies respecting the disclosure by chiefs of police of personal information about individuals 
  • Receive regular reports from the chief of police on disclosures and decisions made under section 49 (secondary activities) 
  • Establish guidelines with respect to the indemnification of members of the police force for legal costs under section 50 
  • Establish guidelines for dealing with complaints made under Part V 
  • Review the chief of police's administration of the complaints system under Part V and receive regular reports from the chief of police on his or her administration of the complaints system 

For more information on Police service boards: https://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/police_serv/PolicingServicesBoards/PSB.html

Contact the Police Services Board:

Sarah Giddings, Board Administrator

Phone:  905-885-8123 ext. 245

Email: phpsb@porthope.ca