Marked General Patrol Vehicles
Policy No: 02/00-66
Effective Date: July 26, 2000
Under the Police Services Act (PSA), municipalities are responsible for providing the infrastructure necessary to support adequate and effective police services, including vehicles.
Section 15 of the Equipment and Use of Force Regulation sets out what type of vehicle is not permitted to be used for general police patrol purposes.
In addition, the Occupational Health and Safety Act defines the responsibilities of employers, supervisors and workers with respect to the use of equipment related to the workplace.
Note: The subject of this guideline is limited to marked general patrol vehicles and does not address vehicles utilized for specialized functions (e.g., supervision, surveillance, canines). In these areas, police services maintain full flexibility and discretion in their choice of vehicles.
It is the policy of the Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board with respect to marked general patrol vehicles that the Chief of Police will:
establish procedures that set out the functions of marked general patrol vehicles;
ensure that the police service’s marked general patrol vehicles meet required specifications;
ensure the regular maintenance, inspection and replacement of the police service’s marked general patrol vehicles; and
consult with designated employee representatives regarding the acquisition of patrol vehicles and related equipment.