On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Windsor Law Centre for Cities (C4C) will welcome Windsor Law professor Danardo Jones for a virtual session exploring the role and composition of municipal police services boards, police services budgets, and more.
During the session, Prof. Jones will discuss the police oversight framework in Ontario, participatory rights of citizens in the governance of local police services, and best practices for engaging with public officials on policing matters. He will also review critical sections of the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act.
“The first step to constructive community engagement with these oversight and governance bodies is having an awareness of their structures and powers,” says C4C director and law professor Anneke Smit. “We are delighted that Prof. Jones will share his extensive expertise on police oversight with interested community members through this workshop.”
Jones joined the Faculty of Law as an assistant professor in January 2021, with years of criminal law practice and advocacy experience, having worked as a staff lawyer at various Legal Aid organizations across Eastern Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia) and Ontario. He also served as director of legal services for the African Canadian Legal Clinic. In that role, Jones intervened in precedent-setting cases before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Jones’ research interests include criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal sentencing, police oversight, and race and the law. A recent profile, authored by C4C student research associate Princess Doe, is available on the Windsor Law Centre for Cities website.
Wednesday’s session is free and open to the public, and attendance by community members interested in advocating before the Windsor Police Services Board or other police boards is especially welcomed. Advance registration is required via the C4C website.