We are an independent civilian oversight body, created by the New Brunswick Police Act. We oversee the management of the public complaints process into the conduct of police officers and the policies or services of municipal and regional police forces and we ensure that both complainants and police officers subject to a complaint are treated fairly, impartially and with respect. We assist in improving the quality of policing services provided to the public through the review of legislation, policies and services.
This website provides you with information on the types of complaints that we handle, on how to lodge a complaint, and what happens when you file a complaint.
Vision, Values, Mandate
“Fair and independent civilian oversight of policing in New Brunswick trusted by all”
- Quality Service - We provide services that are dependable and consistent.
- Integrity - We act with honesty and fairness.
- Accountability - We take responsibility for our policies, decisions, actions and products.
- Objectivity - We make balanced and unbiased decisions.
- Transparency - We foster a structure and culture that encourage access to information within the law.
The New Brunswick Police Commission is the independent Board that manages citizens’ complaints about police officers, and police force policies and service.
Civilian oversight of police action is a cornerstone of a free and democratic society. Created in 1977, under the Police Act, the Commission manages complaints about seven municipal police forces and two regional police forces in New Brunswick.
The police have special powers to enforce the law and restrict the free movement of citizens. This can lead to conflicts, so public feedback, in the form of complaints, is important to improving the service police provide to our communities.
The New Brunswick Police Commission is the independent oversight body that safeguards the public interest in policing by:
- Investigating allegations of police misconduct;
- Fairly and diligently investigating complaints;
- Imposing disciplinary and corrective measures when required;
- Improving the quality of policing services through review of legislation, policies, and services.
The Lieutenant-Governor in Council appoints the chair, vice-chair and members of the Commission. Government appoints Members of the Commission to provide fair, independent and trusted citizen oversight of policing in New Brunswick. The maximum term of office for a member is ten years.
Marc Léger, Chair
Mr. Léger was appointed to the NB Police Commission in 2017 and was appointed as Chair October 7, 2021 after holding the position of Vice-Chair for nearly 2 years. Mr. Léger’s expertise relates to the machinery and process of government. His career in the New Brunswick public service extended over 26 years. He served as Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that he served as Deputy Minister in the Departments of Health; Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour; and Public Safety where he developed an understanding of policing and law enforcement. During his career in the civil service, he was recognized as a mentor to his peers and to the next generation of civil servants, and for his ability to forge productive partnerships.
In May 2015, Mr. Léger was one of three commissioners appointed to the New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing, a contentious and complex social and economic file. His participation on the commission demonstrated his ability to work on complex issues and build bridges with people with opposing views.
An active member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), Mr. Léger is currently on the board for the Fredericton chapter. He is chair of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration and the Donald G. Dennison Award for Public Administration created in 2016 for public servants both under the patronage of the Lieutenant Governor. Mr. Léger holds a bachelor’s degree in Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Arts (Philosophy) from the University of Ottawa and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University.
Lynn Chaplin, Vice-Chair
Ms. Chaplin was appointed to the NB Police Commission in 2015 and appointed Commission Chair in 2019. As Chair, Ms. Chaplin led the Commission through a period of renewal and legislative change to have the Commission reflect the diversity and accountability needed to serve the public interest. Ms. Chaplin continues to provide leadership in her new capacity as Vice-Chair.
An alumni of the University of New Brunswick, with a diploma from Queen’s University in Restorative Justice, Ms. Chaplin believes in integrity of service in her capacity on the NB Police Commission.
Ms. Chaplin’s 30 year career in Federal Corrections and Parole, spanned multiple positions in institutional and community work. Ms. Chaplin is a retired member of the Correctional Service of Canada Executive Committee for the Atlantic Region and was awarded the Medal of Exemplary Service. Ms. Chaplin continues to be involved in Labour Relations and Human Resource issues with federal departments.
Robert (Bob) Eckstein, Member
Mr. Eckstein was appointed to the NB Police Commission in 2018 and he was reappointed on July 8, 2020 for a 3 year term. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology 1982) and Bachelor of Social Work (1989) from St. Thomas University and a Masters’ of Social Work (1992) from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Mr. Eckstein worked for approximately 35 years in the Provincial Public Service, with over 20 years of service in Community and Correction Services, as a Correctional Officer and youth counselor, social worker, Youth Criminal Justice Act implementation manager, and youth justice senior policy and program adviser. For 8 years he was a Director in the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development as lead for the Integrated Service Delivery program for youth with emotional behavioural and mental health issues. In 2017 he was awarded the Donald D. Dennison Award for Public Administration in New Brunswick. He was a sessional Instructor in the Criminology program at St. Thomas University.
Mr. Eckstein was recently appointed as a fulltime Assistant Professor in the Social Work program at St. Thomas University. He resides with his family in New Maryland.
Brian Malone, Member
Mr. Malone was appointed to the Police Commission in 2021. Retiring in 2019, he was a senior civilian member of the Saint John Police Force for two decades as Director of Knowledge Management, and Manager of Planning & Policy.
Mr. Malone holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, a Diploma in Public Management from Henson College, and a Bachelor of Design, Environmental Planning from the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design. His graduate thesis explored Complex Adaptive Systems, a perspective that frames behaviors and outcomes. Mr. Malone was a long-standing member of the Police Information and Statistics (POLIS) Committee, a joint committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Statistics Canada.
Tammy Augustine Thompson, Member
Ms. Augustine Thompson was appointed to the Police Commission in 2021. Ms. Augustine Thompson is a Migmag from Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick. She graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts (majors in English and Native Studies) in 1992. In 1996 she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from University of Ottawa and was called to the New Brunswick Bar in December 1998.
Ms. Augustine Thompson implemented and coordinated the Elsipogtog Restorative Justice Program from its inception in January 2000 to September 2008. She is the Manager for Mental Health, Addictions & Justice at the Elsipogtog Health and Wellness Centre and oversees and manages the Restorative Justice (including victim services), Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Prevention Programs. She was involved in the negotiations and implementation of the Healing to Wellness Court in Elsipogtog, which opened in May 2012.
Ms. Augustine Thompson participates on a number of committees provincially and at the community level. She sits on the N.B. Advisory Committee on Violence Against Aboriginal Women, Provincial Roundtable on Crime and Public Safety, the Elsipogtog Justice Advisory Committee and NB Provincial Restorative Justice Committee. Tammy is a member of the Board for the Big Cove First Nation Wellness Committee Inc., Board of Governors for St. Thomas University, was the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission from 2016-2021 and is currently serving a three year term as a Director.
She is the proud mother of three children, a daughter who recently graduated with her Bachelor of Laws from University of Ottawa and 19-year-old fraternal twins (boy and girl).
Sandy Ward, Member
Ms. Ward was appointed to the Police Commission in 2021. Ms. Ward graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology 1986).
Ms. Ward’s career spanned 32 years with the Correctional Service of Canada in the Atlantic Region where she worked in various positions in institutions and regional headquarters. Her expertise is in security and in particular in the areas of emergency response, security intelligence, and use of force. During her career Ms. Ward was a member of the Atlantic Region Correctional Service of Canada Executive Committee.
Jennifer Smith, Executive Director
Jennifer Smith graduated from UNB with a Bachelor Degree in Sport Science (B.P.E.) in 1993. In 1995, she graduated from the Atlantic Police Academy and was employed with the Miramichi Police Force from 1995 to 2001 where she spent the majority of her time in the Criminal Investigation Division as a detective responsible for major crime investigations. In 2002, Jennifer joined the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission as a Human Rights Officer responsible for investigating complaints and in 2007 she became the Manager of Investigations. In 2013, Jennifer became a Policing Consultant with the Policing Standards Branch of the Department of Public Safety where one of her key roles was conducting quality assurance reviews on police forces and which included, in part, reviewing the quality of investigation and supervision provided by New Brunswick Police Forces. In 2018, Jennifer returned on secondment as Registrar of the Human Rights Commission responsible for the complaint process and in April 2019, Jennifer joined the New Brunswick Police Commission as Executive Director. Jennifer has over 24 years of investigation experience, including oversight of a variety of investigation processes.