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Winnipeg Police Board meets for first time, seeks executive director

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The Winnipeg Police Service is now being guided by a civilian-led police board.

The first meeting of the Winnipeg Police Board was held today after all board members were sworn in.

Coun. Scott Fielding (St. James-Brooklands), who is the board’s first chairman, said it was a short agenda with the board only approving when it will meet the next three times, approving a budget for the rest of the year, and picking a sub-committee to search for an executive director.

"This is probably the shortest meeting we will have," said committee member Mary Jane Loustel, who is the chairwoman of Economic Development Winnipeg.

Other members of the board are former provincial Liberal leader and lawyer Paul Edwards as vice-chairman; Coun. Thomas Steen (Elmwood-East Kildonan); David Keam, president of Best Sleep Centre; and Leslie Spillett, founder of the aboriginal organization Ka Ni Kanichihk.

Winnipeg and 10 other municipalities in the province were ordered by the provincial government to set up civilian-led police boards in the wake of a public inquiry into police conduct in the investigation of the death of Crystal Taman.

Taman was kiled in a car crash which involved an off-duty police officer.

The board has the power to hire, fire and review police chiefs, recommend budgets, and approve policy and direction.

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM CDT: changes headline

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