Joint Forces Operations
Policy No: 02/00-11
Section 29 of the Adequacy Standards Regulation requires a police services board to have a policy on joint forces operations. In addition, section 13(1)(b) requires the Chief of Police to establish procedures and processes in respect of joint forces operations.
For the purposes of these requirements, a joint forces operation is defined as a planned operation, supported by a written agreement, involving two or more police services who have common objectives related to the investigation of multi-jurisdictional criminal activity. This is not meant to include situations where one police service requests assistance from another police service with an investigation into an individual or specific criminal occurrence(s).
It is the policy of the Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board with respect to joint forces operations that the Chief of Police will:
develop procedures that address the approval process and accountability mechanisms for joint forces operations; and
provide information in the annual report on the number of completed joint forces operations that the police service participated in, the cost to the police service and whether they achieved their performance objectives.