The Thunder Bay Police Association (TBPA) represents approximately 325 members of the Thunder Bay Police Service. This includes 233 Sworn Officers and 110 Civilian staff that work within the service. The TBPA is a member of the Police Association of Ontario as well as the Canadian Police Association. The Executive of the TBPA is comprised of 11 elected members that handle the day to day issues and operations.

Our Association’s main objective is to represent our members.  One key area of representation involves Collective Bargaining to obtain fair Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Thunder Bay Police Services Board. The Collective Bargaining Agreements cover rates of pay, seniority, health care benefits as well as other rights and benefits. If at any time, the TBPA feels that any of these rights or benefits has been violated, there is a grievance process to be followed if there is no informal resolution.

This is but a small part of the duties that are handled by the TBPA.

We also represent our members in disciplinary hearings as well as any disputes that arise. The majority of the interaction is with the Chief of Police or the Deputy Chief of Police.  They are responsible for the daily operations of the Thunder Bay Police Service.  Our Association and Senior Management work to ensure we provide the best possible service to the citizens of Thunder Bay and Oliver Paipoonge.

Our members are community driven!  Many volunteer their time with charitable organizations. The TBPA is the lead sponsor for the Parade of Lights that occurs every December. Our Association members volunteer to conduct traffic control, walk the parade route collecting donations, as well as being a part of the organizing committee. We also spearhead the annual Cops for Cancer head shave campaign. This event raises resources to help in local patient services while also providing funds for world class research. The Special Olympics is a favourite organization of the TBPA. Law enforcement agencies all across Ontario partner with this terrific group to help provide services and opportunities for these extraordinary athletes.

Not only do we donate our time, the TBPA donates a substantial amount of money to charities and organizations in and around the Thunder Bay area. As an example, we have committed to a long term pledge with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre to donate funds to the Exceptional Cancer Care campaign. We also support the Thunder Bay Police Youth Corps that benefits young people in our community.

The Thunder Bay Police Association is 325 members strong. We are your friends and neighbours in and around this community. We ensure that you receive the absolute best from us to guarantee a safe and secure society.  Our motto is “To Serve and Protect”.

Colin Woods, President
Thunder Bay Police Association


The Thunder Bay Police Senior Officers Association represents the command staff and their support employees.  The Chief and Deputy  are not members of this association and are employed by the Police Services Board.

The members of the Thunder Bay Police Senior Officers Association proudly serve our community by providing leadership and dedication to the Thunder Bay Police Service.  The complex delivery of policing services relies on a good working relationship between our two associations, the Chief & Deputy as well as the Thunder Bay Police Services Board.

Derek West, President
Thunder Bay Police Senior Officers Association