About the Board

What is the Police Services Board?

Every municipality in Ontario with its own police service must have a civilian board to govern that police service. Police services boards are independent bodies established by provincial legislation called the Police Services Act. The boards represent community interests and are accountable to the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services, and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission located in Toronto.

Who are the members of the Police Services Board?

The Ottawa Police Services Board (PSB) has seven members: three members of City Council, three citizens appointed by the Province as community representatives, and one citizen appointed by City Council as a community representative. The current members of the Board are:

Provincial Appointees

Daljit S. Nirman  (613) 560-1270
Robert Swaita  (613) 560-1270
Bev Johnson  (613) 560-1270

Citizen appointed by City Council:

L. A. (Sandy) Smallwood (Vice Chair) (613) 560-1270

City Council Representatives:

Councillor Diane Deans (Chair) 613-580-2480
Councillor Carol Anne Meehan 613-580-2751
Councillor Rawlson King 613-580-2483

Executive Director

Krista Ferraro (613) 560-1270

Board Assistant

Hannah Logan (613) 560-1270

The Council members and the citizen appointed by Council serve for the duration of the Council term. The provincial appointees serve up to three year terms, which expire at various times. At the first meeting each year, the Board appoints a Chairperson for that year.

What does a Police Services Board do?

Section 31 of the Police Services Act sets out the responsibilities boards must fulfill on behalf of the residents of their municipality. The primary role of the board is to establish, after consultation with the Chief of Police, the overall objectives and priorities for the provision of police services and the safety and security of citizens. Some of its other key responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting and appointing the Chief of Police and Deputy Chiefs of Police;
  • Annually assessing the Chief's performance;
  • Approving annual operating and capital budgets for the Police Service;
  • Establishing policies and by-laws for the effective management of the police service;
  • Preparing a business plan for the Police Service every three years.

The Board cannot direct the Chief with respect to specific operational decisions or day-to-day operations of the Service. The Chief of Police is responsible for administering the Police Service and overseeing its operation in accordance with the objectives, priorities and policies established by the Board.



Diane Deans

Diane Deans was first elected to Ottawa City Council in November 1994. In October 2018, she was re-elected to her eight consecutive term. She proudly represents over 48,000 south-end residents who live in Gloucester-Southgate Ward. 

As well as being the Gloucester-Southgate Councillor, Diane is the Chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board and Chair of Crime Prevention Ottawa. Diane is also a member of the City’s Transportation Committee, the Community and Protective Services Committee and the Committee of Revision. 

Diane has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to municipal life in Ottawa in a number of ways. These include being the recipient of the City Manager’s Award for her leadership as the Honorary Co-Chair of the City’s United Way Campaign, the Ottawa Public Library’s Order of Friendship Award, the Consumers’ Choice Woman of the Year Award and the Ontario Paramedic Association’s Award of Appreciation.

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Bev Johnson

Dr. Beverly Johnson has been a community family physician in Ottawa since 1989 and is grateful for the honour of providing primary care to families for over 25 years. She grew up in Ancaster, Ontario, then attended University of Toronto Medical School and did a Family Medicine Residency in Winnipeg, prior to moving to Ottawa where she raised her three sons.

As well as serving on the Ottawa Police Services Board, Dr. Johnson is a Past President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, a previous Chair of the Financial Committee, and current Board member. Other leadership roles she has held include Co-Chair of Communications for the 100-year-old Medical Women’s International Association, as well as Chair of the Teenage Pregnancy Task Force focused on women and girls in middle- and low-income countries.

Dr. Johnson enjoys a balanced life including yoga, daily mindfulness practice, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Carol Anne Meehan

Carol Anne is a native of Pembroke, Ontario.   She studied journalism at Ryerson University and embarked on a career that saw her work in many Canadian cities, including Pembroke, Sudbury, Edmonton and Calgary. 

She moved to Ottawa in 1989 to join the CJOH News team as co-anchor with Max Keeping, a position she enjoyed for 27 years. 

In 2015, Carol Anne launched a web blog called Local Stories, Local People.  She also hosted The Carol Anne Meehan Show on 1310 NEWS.  She followed that with Coffee With, a series of interviews with local residents. 

Carol Anne made the jump into municipal politics in 2018.  She was elected City Councillor of Ward 22, Gloucester-South Nepean on October 22, 2018.  She brings extensive community knowledge and engagement to the job.

Carol Anne lives with her two children and her dog on the western side of the Vimy Memorial Bridge in the Ward.  

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Daljit S. Nirman

Daljit Nirman was first appointed to the Board on February 14, 2019 and has since been re-appointed for a further three-year term by Order-in-Council of the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. His term now expires on February 14, 2025. 

Daljit is a practitioner of law with over three decades of diverse legal experience. He is a former adjunct professor of law, received a Master of Laws from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Science with honours in Physics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Delhi. He also holds post-graduate specialised diplomas in Labour Laws, International Law, Industrial Relations, Personnel Management, and the Law of International Institutions.  

Daljit was inducted into the Order of Ottawa in 2021.  Daljit is the founding director of Cooking Up Community Services, a not-for-profit organization which held two very successful annual fundraising breakfast events in support of the Montfort Hospital Foundation and the purchase of a CT Scanner with a specialized cardiac module, and another in support of United Way Ottawa’s project step – an award-winning drug and substance abuse initiative serving youth in Ottawa.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, annual fundraising campaigns for the years 2020 and 2021 were done virtually in support of The Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa.  Daljit was also a key member of the fundraising team for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation for clinical research which raised $10 million in the span of ten years. 

Daljit volunteers his time as a board member of The Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa and is a past board member of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Service Organization and United Way East Ontario. He is also an adviser to various not-for profit and charitable organizations. Daljit provides seminars on various fundamental legal issues and does pro-bono work at various multi-faith religious and senior organizations across Ottawa.  He is also a recipient of the 2022 Community Builder Award by United Way East Ontario and a few other community service awards in recognition of his services.

Daljit authored a book titled Reference Book for Disciplinary Proceedings – Procedures. This book was premised on the rules of principles of natural justice and was accepted for reference at the libraries of both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.  Daljit has also written two guides for Crown corporations titled Plain Language Guide for Unjust Dismissal Adjudication and Plain Language Guide for Wage Recovery Referee Proceedings. These were created or the benefit of non-unionized federal government employees in Canada to provide them with a better understanding of their legal rights.  His articles on legal, social and community issues are highly commended Daljit won a landmark case involving consumer rights against Alliance Air Limited (now Air-India) in 1999 which has now become a legal precedent case for compensation to passengers for delays.   

Daljit emigrated from New Delhi, India in 2000 where his last position was a manager with the largest financial institution. Daljit is married and lives with his wife in Ottawa, Ontario. Together they have two sons, both of whom are also lawyers and have been called to the bar of Ontario. 

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L. A. (Sandy) Smallwood

Mr. L.A. (Sandy) Smallwood was first appointed to the Board by City Council on December 19, 2012 for the term of Council, and is currently serving a second term to expire on November 30, 2018. He is Council’s citizen representative on the Board. Mr. Smallwood is best known for his work in heritage preservation. He is the founder (1973), and President of Andrex Holdings Limited, a recognized leader in the redevelopment of landmark buildings.

Recipient of six municipal heritage restoration awards, Sandy also received the Ontario Heritage Foundation Award for Achievement in 1996, and the Heritage Canada Foundation Corporate Prize for ‘Exemplary Stewardship of Heritage Architecture’ in 2007. In 2012, he was presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award. Sandy has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Ontario Heritage Trust since 2004, and is currently President of H.O.D.I. (Historic Ottawa Developments Inc).

Mr. Smallwood’s community involvement includes: former Councillor in Rockcliffe Park, former board member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, former director Ottawa Arts Centre Foundation, former member of Ottawa and Rockcliffe Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committees, and currently a member of the Rockcliffe Park Site Plan and Development Advisory Committee. He is also a lifetime patron of Dhadkan Heartbeat, an organization which provides funding to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

A lifelong Ottawa resident, educated at Ashbury College, Sandy is married, with three children.  His recreational pursuits include: travel, alpine skiing, skating, camping, kayaking, hiking, and biking.

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Robert Swaita

Born and raised in Ottawa, Robert graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Commerce with options in Finance, Management Information Systems and Production and Operation Management. After graduating, Robert worked as a management consultant helping several clients with business process re-engineering, logistics and e-commerce. He travelled throughout North America working in various industries – postal, automotive, finance and government.

After a seven-year career as a management consultant, Robert returned to Ottawa and entered the hospitality industry and land development. Building on best practices he developed as a management consultant, Robert applied his knowledge in various commercial developments. This led him to become his own general contractor and entrepreneur. He has opened several businesses in the hospitality, property development/management, and film industry.

Robert has always had a strong passion for community involvement. As an executive on the Board of his church, Robert oversaw many initiatives that have helped raised money for his church, local charities and overseas humanitarian efforts. Most notably, for several years, Robert was the Chair of one of Ottawa’s largest festivals, the Lebanese Fun Festival. Robert went on to be the Chair of The Dewaan Foundation, a local cultural philanthropy group that raises millions for organizations such as The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa Regional Cancer Society, Bruyère Continuing Care and many other local charities.

Robert’s ongoing passion for community involvement led him to be a candidate for councillor in a municipal election. This was a very humbling experience for Robert as it reaffirmed the importance of community involvement and the various struggles of our citizens.

As a son of immigrant parents who emigrated to Canada from Lebanon in search of a better life, Robert is grateful for the support that Canada has given his family and the support of the local Ottawa community. Robert is happily married with three children, raising his family in Ottawa.

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Rawlson King

Rawlson King was elected the first-ever Black city councillor in a historic by-election held April 2019, in Rideau-Rockcliffe (Ward 13), in the City of Ottawa.

He is Chair of the Built Heritage Sub-Committee and is also appointed to the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management, and to the boards of the Ottawa Police Service, Crime Prevention Ottawa, Ottawa Community Housing Corporation, Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation and Quartier Vanier BIA.

To advance anti-racism and race relations initiatives, Council also appointed him as the Council Liaison for Anti-Racism and Ethnocultural Relations Initiatives.

Prior to being elected, he was the President of the Overbrook Community Association, Board Member and Treasurer at the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, and was Co-Chair of the Ottawa Police Service Community Equity Council. Recognized for his volunteer work, he won a United Way Ottawa Community Builder of the Year Award in 2018, conferred during National Volunteer Week. He is an entrepreneur and communication professional with over 20 years private sector experience in marketing, strategic communication and high-technology market research.

Rawlson holds both a Bachelor of Journalism and Law, and a M.A. in Communication from Carleton University.


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Provincial Appointments - How to Apply

These members of the Ottawa Police Services Board are appointed by the Province of Ontario.  Individuals interested in applying to be a member of a police services board can find specific information on qualification requirements, expectations, and how to apply by reviewing the attached "Police Services Board Vacancy Information Sheet". 

Police Services board Vacancy Information Sheets can be found on the Ontario Public Service website through the link below:

Police Services Boards Vacancies