45 Exhibition Drive, Bridgewater, NS B4V 0A6
Tel: 902-543-2464   Fax: 902-543-7478
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The Bridgewater Board of Police Commissioners has a critical role as a civilian governing body of Bridgewater Police Service.

Responsibilities of the Police Commission under the Police Act include:

  • 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

The current Bridgewater Board of Police Commissioners includes:

  • David Walker
    (Chair) Citizen Rep
  • David Mitchell
    Mayor / Council Rep
  • Jennifer McDonald
    Councillor
  • Virginia Oickle
    Citizen Appointee
  • Darren Lipsett
    DOJ Appointee
  • Fay Patey
    Citizen Appointee
  • Wayne Thorburne
    Vice Chair / Councillor

Contact the Police Commission

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

pdf Policy & Procedures (1.51 MB)

Below are the minutes from previous Police Commission meetings. These meetings are held on a monthly basis on the first Monday of each month.