The Moose Jaw Police Service plans to hire an outside consultant to help develop a new five-year strategic plan for the organization and the Board of Police Commissioners.
The board voted to hire a consultant to lead the strategic business plan renewal at its June 9 meeting, while it briefed the public and media on the project at the July 11 meeting.
The project budget is $15,000.
The police department posted the request for proposals (RFP) on its website and on SaskTenders and has already received inquiries, Deputy Chief Rick Johns said at the meeting. The deadline for nominations is August 4, and once that happens, the police leadership and council members will choose a suitable candidate.
The goal is to work with the consultant in the fall and complete the project by December 1.
“One of the things we have to be a little careful about whenever we do anything that involves a DP is not to speak too publicly which could influence the DP plays, so we have been a little careful with that,” police chief Rick Bourassa said. told the media afterwards.
The police commissioners wanted an outside consultant because they didn’t want someone intimately involved with the board or the police department, whereas they wanted someone with experience leading discussions on – and the creation – of strategic plans, he continued.
“I have written several strategic plans over the years. It would be a bad idea to have me oversee the strategic plan because, of course, I come in as an insider,” added Bourassa.
“So you need someone on the outside who can be objective and direct things properly. And what that does is give it a bit more legitimacy when it’s over.
The Saskatchewan Police Commission requires police services to have “a strategic business plan and the means to measure the performance of the police service”, while its policy manual states that “strategic activity must clearly articulate the police department’s organizational strategy,” according to the RFP on the SaskTenders website.
The new plan is expected to guide MJPS through the next half-decade and reflect current and emerging trends affecting community safety in Moose Jaw.
According to the RFP, the consultant is to review expectations and existing documentation and facilitate stakeholder engagement sessions with internal and external groups.
The development of the strategic plan should include:
- A written report summarizing the consultations
- All relevant environmental scans, including diversity, inclusion and equity information
- Collected themes from all consultations and analyzes
- Possible performance measures
- Draft electronic version of the proposed plan
- Help writing the message from the chef
One of the criteria the police commission expects the developer to include focuses on community benefits and sustainability, as the commission develops a sustainable procurement policy around the pillars of social, environmental, and economical, says the DP.
Social values include diversity, inclusion and accessibility. Environmental values include protecting the environment and reducing carbon footprint. Economic values include ways to help and improve the lives of citizens by improving the economy.
The board wants developers to provide a description of how their organization can provide these values now and in the future as police commissioners develop their sustainable procurement policy, the tender added. The board will rate some RFPs higher if the developer includes a sustainability plan that supports the police board’s goals.