Halton Police Board creates Canada’s first police board Chief Governance Officer

OAKVILLE – In a move toward ensuring that policing is congruent with the community’s evolving needs, values and expectations, the Halton Police Board has created the role of Chief Governance Officer, or ‘CGO’. It is part of Halton Police Board’s comprehensive board-modernization initiative.

The CGO will help modernize the Board’s policies and plans, create a new reporting and evaluation system, and develop a state-of-the-art governance training program.

The Board has appointed Fred Kaustinen as the first Chief Governance Officer.

CGO Fred Kaustinen is the foremost expert on police governance in Canada. He has a wealth of experience working with the Ontario, Alberta and Canadian Police Governance Associations, plus the Manitoba Police Commission and numerous municipal and First Nations police boards.

— Oakville Councillor and Chair of the Halton Police Board, Jeff Knoll

The Halton Police Board is confident that Kaustinen is the ideal leader for this role and the organization’s modernization initiative.

The members of the Halton Police Board are recognized for their openness to new ideas, creativity, and relentless pursuit of service excellence. The progress we can make as a team of innovative leaders will set new national standards for police governance. It’s a really exciting opportunity for the whole community.

— Fred Kaustinen

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