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;
- Oversight of employer initiated use of force investigations;
- Participation in use-of-force reviews undertaken by Calgary Transit's Officer Safety Incident Review Team; and
- Policy information and educational development related to use-of-force.

The work of the committee includes participation in the Office Safety Incident Review Team which reviews over 150 use-of-force incidents per year.

The committee review mandate includes files that have made their way into the public domain, typically through social medias, or other means.

The role and mandate of the committee corresponds with Calgary Transit's Customer Commitment for providing safe and informative transit service and also aligns with RouteAhead direction to ensure Calgary Transit continues to be safe and secure.

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:
5 Volunteers, Members of the Public
1 Use of Force Instructor (advisory non-voting)

Members should have:
- Experience with law enforcement;
- A good understanding of governance and oversight;
- A good understanding of the role of law enforcement in modern society;
- A good understanding of the challenges faced by law enforcement; and
- A good understanding on how to oversee a law enforcement body.

Committee members are screened on the basis of security checks and previous qualifications.
Once selected, committee members are required to swear an oath.
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:
Davies, Russell ()
Administrative Contact:
Russell Davies
Director Calgary Transit
City of Calgary; Mail code #166AG
PO Box 2100 Stn M
Calgary AB T2P 2M5
Reports To:
Director, Calgary Transit


ChairVice ChairMemberRoleCurrent AppointmentExpiry Year
   Sandra AigbinodeMember of the Public20192021
   Peter CoppleMember of the Public20192023
   Afshan NaveedMember of the Public20152021
   Zolani NcubeMember of the Public20162022
   Susan OrttMember of the Public20162022
   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.
7. 2019 March 04, C2019-0220 Council direct Administration to consult with key stakeholders including Members of Council, and to: (1.) Examine best practices on public transit governance oversight models; (2.) Review the current Terms of Reference - including but not limited to citizen membership (skills and attributes required), citizen appeal mechanisms and reporting to Council; (3.) Report back to Council through the SPC on Transportation and Transit Committee no later than June 2019 so that required changes can be reflected in advertising for Council appointments in October 2019.
8. 2019 July 22, TT2019-0684 Amendment to the Terms of Reference: (1.) Increase the number of citizen number from 3 to 5; (2.) Broaden the mandate of the committee to include: (a) Oversight of employer initiated use-of-force investigations; (b) Participation in use-of-force reviews undertaken by Calgary Transit's Officer Safety Incident Review Team; and (c) Policy information and educational development related to use-of-force.