Cobourg has its own Police force with dispatching sub-contracted to Owen Sound Police. The Chief is Paul VandeGraaf and he is strong on preventative policing and transparency. They are active on Social Media and have a good web site with frequent media releases. They are governed by a Board with representatives from Town Council – currently Deputy Mayor Nicole Beatty and Adam Bureau. Board chair is Ronald Kerr. Their Police Station is at 107 King Street West but they have a subsidiary which provides "Business Services" on the second floor of the Venture 13 building on D'Arcy Street opposite the Cobourg Community Centre. They are currently investigating whether they need new premises. The "Business Services" primarily consist of doing Police record checks for other Canadian Police services. Below is some key information.
Their emergency number is 9 - 1 - 1 but their non-emergency phone number is (905) 372-6821.
Their general email address is:
Police Web site and Social Media
The Board governs the Police and consists of five members, two appointed by the Province of Ontario and three chosen by Cobourg Council. For 2023, the board consists of:
- Ronald Kerr - Chair appointed by the Executive Council of Ontario (Provincial Cabinet) - his term on the board is 31-Jan-2022 to 30-Jan-2025
- Dean Pepper - Vice Chair - appointed by the Cobourg Council (previously chair)
- Sean Graham - Board Member - appointed by the Executive Council of Ontario - his term on the board is 07-Mar-2022 to 06-Mar-2025
- Town of Cobourg Deputy Mayor Nicole Beatty - appointed by Cobourg Council
- Town of Cobourg Councillor Adam Bureau - appointed by Cobourg Council
The Board ensures the delivery of adequate and effective policing by appointing members to the service, working with the Chief to identify objectives and priorities and creating policies for service members to follow. The Board may give orders or direction, but only to the Chief and not to any other member of the service.
The Board is governed by the Ontario Police Services Act
Section 31 of Police Services Act says
(3) The board may give orders and directions to the chief of police, but not to other members of the police force, and no individual member of the board shall give orders or directions to any member of the police force.
(4) The board shall not direct the chief of police with respect to specific operational decisions or with respect to the day-to-day operation of the police force.
Reports on Police Activities
Each month, at the Police Board meeting, a detailed report of police activities in the previous month is provided. These are informative and interesting to read. You can find them at escribe - go to this page then open the HTML Agenda and look for the CPS Monthly operational report. Highly recommended.
There is also a page on the Police web site for a "Crime Plot". This shows on a map, many (but not all) of the recent Police activities.