The chair of New North says good progress is being made in developing community police boards.

Bruce Fidler says Creighton has had its board for about a year-and-a-half now and it’s working well.

The boards are aimed at helping communities get a better handle on the specific needs of their village in the area of justice.

Fidler says it’s a solid concept that appears to be paying off:

“The board handles what issues (that are) brought to them by the residents.  They bring them to the committee, to the police board, and discuss it with the RCMP and then come up with a way of dealing with these issues.”

He adds just a few weeks ago, a police board training program was held in Prince Albert where the benefits of the boards were discussed at length.