Calgary Transit Public Safety Citizen Oversight Committee

Terms of Reference
 
Mandate:
The purpose of this committee is to review all public use of force complaints, after the conclusion of the investigation. Essentially, the committee operates as an objective body; to ensure that the investigation was conducted in a proper and professional manner and that it satisfies all requirements of the Peace Officer Act, the Peace Officer Regulation and the Peace Officer (Ministerial) Regulation and the Calgary Transit Public Safety and Enforcement policy and mandate. 
Composition:
3 Citizen Members of the Public
1 Use of Force Instructor (advisory non-voting)

Term:
3 year term - Staggered

- A public member may serve a maximum of six consecutive years.
- Despite the above, a public member may serve until his or her successor is appointed. The service of a member beyond the appointed term shall not count toward the limit on the length of service set out above if the additional service is half the term or less.
- When an appointment is made to fill a public member vacancy:
  o If the balance of the term to be served is half the term or less, that service shall not count toward the limit on the length of service; and
  o If the balance of the term to be served is more than half the term, that service shall count toward the limit on the length of service.
- A public member may serve more than six consecutive years by a two-thirds vote of Council.
Term Expiry Month:
October
Meetings:
quarterly
Day:   Tuesday
Time:  11:30 am
Location:  316 - 7 Avenue SE (main floor boardroom)
Quorum:
2
Resource Staff:
Whitelaw, Brian (403-268-1509)
Administrative Contact:
Brian Whitelaw (Coord. Public Safety and Enforcement)
Calgary Transit
City of Calgary, Mail Code #166VP
P.O. Box 2100, Station M
Calgary AB T2P 2M5
Bus: 403-268-1509
E-mail: Brian.Whitelaw@calgary.ca
Reports To:
Director, Calgary Transit


ChairVice ChairMemberRoleCurrent AppointmentExpiry Year
   Afshan NaveedCitizen Member of the Public20152021
   Zolani NcubeCitizen Member of the Public20162020
   Susan OrttCitizen Member of the Public20162019
   Dan YontzUse of Force Instructor (advisory non-voting)20182021



Authority  Description Decision
1. 2001 June 04, CPS2001-30 Directed Calgary Transit to establish a Protective Services Citizen Oversight Committee to review use of force complaints. Adoption of the Terms of Reference.
2. 2002 January 28, C2002-02 Established Citizen Oversight Committee
3. 2003 October 20, AGS2003-43 Assigned community liaison responsibility to Administration
4. 2017 May 08, PFC2017-0312 Name change from the 'Protective Services Citizen Oversight Committee' to 'Calgary Transit Public Safety Citizen Oversight Committee'. This proposed amendment reflects and aligns with a name change to a business unit section. Further, the proposed amendment reflects the broader role performed by Calgary Transit Peace Officers in terms of overall community safety.
5. 2017 May 08, PFC2017-0312 Amendment to the Terms of Reference to reflect a 6 year term limit maximum for Public Members as specified in the new Council policy on Governance and Appointments of Boards, Commissions and Committees (CP2016-03).
6. 2018 July 30, C2018-0886 Amendment to the Terms of Reference: mandate updated with the current applicable legislation, procedures updated to reflect the current procedures and legislation.