Police Commission

The Board of Police Commissioners is currently composed of six members. You can learn more here about the boards responsibilities, membership, and policy & procedures.


Under the Police Act, the Commission oversees the police Department, including the following responsibilities:

  • provide civilian governance on behalf of Council in relation to the enforcement of law, 
    the maintenance of law and the order and prevention of crime in the municipality;
  • provide the administrative direction, organization and policy required to maintain an 
    adequate, effective and efficient police department;
  • determine, in consultation with the chief officer, priorities, objectives and goals 
    respecting police services in the community;
  • ensure the chief officer establishes programs and strategies to implement the priorities, 
    objectives and goals respecting police services;
  • ensure that the community needs and values are reflected in policing priorities, 
    objectives, goals, programs and strategies;
  • ensure that police services are delivered in a manner consistent with community values, 
    needs and expectations; and
  • act as a conduit between the community and the police service providers;

Police Commission Membership

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(Ordered left to right) Virginia Oickle, Wayne Thorburne, David Mitchell, Palma Chanpoux,Patrick D. Cappello, Jennifer McDonald (Not pictured) - David Carey

Patrick D. CAPPELLO-Chair (Citizen Rep) David Carey - Vice Chair (DOJ Appointee)
David Mitchell (Mayor/Ex Officio) Palma Champoux (citizen appointee)
Jennifer McDonald (Councillor) Wayne THORBURNE (Councillor)
Virginia OICKLE (Citizen Rep)



To contact the Bridgewater Police Commission please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Policy & Procedures


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