Legal Services

The Legal Services Branch provides advice to the Chief, Deputy Chiefs of Police, Senior Management team as well as civilian and sworn members and provides legal representation at inquests and hearings. 

Legal Services deals with matters involving litigation (civil actions, Police Services Act charges, Ontario Human Rights applications, orders for production of records), contracts, agreements and protocols (e.g., Ministry funding, secondments, shared resources with other Police Services, operational, purchasing), internal employment issues and any other legal issues that arise during the day to day operations of the Service. 

The Branch is comprised of the Director of Legal Services, a Solicitor, a Law Clerk and an Adminstrative Assistant. 

Please note: We can only give legal advice or assistance to members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. If you require legal advice or assistance, please consult a private lawyer or visit the Law Society of Upper Canada's Lawyer Referral Service:


Our Lawyers: 

Gary Melanson                           Virginia Torrance 
Director, Legal Services             Solicitor, Legal Services 
519-650-8532                             519-650-8552
Email: Gary Melanson                Email: Virginia Torrance


For inquires relating to for motion for production of police records and civil matters: 

Wanda Mugford 
Civil Law Clerk, Legal Services 
519-650-8500 ext. 8222

For inquires realting to agreements, other litigation or general matters: 

Ann Brockelbank 
Secretary, Legal Services 
519-650-8500 ext. 8717 
Please check the links to the right under Legal Services for additional pages and information.



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