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Thefts keep Amherstburg police busy

 

The Amherstburg Police Service was busy last week investigating theft complaints.

Officers were called to Walmart last Friday around 8:20 p.m. for a complaint of a theft of a barbecue and groceries. The suspect, a 47-year-old Amherstburg woman, was later apprehended by the Windsor Police Service. The accused was charged with theft under $5,000.

*Amherstburg police were called to the Centennial Park area of Victoria St. S. after lawn equipment was reported stolen. Police say the theft appears to have happened in the area of where the former arena stood. The approximate value of the equipment is $2,000. It was reported to police around 4:50 p.m. May 2.

*Police were called to Shoppers Drug Mart around 2:20 p.m. Sunday for the theft of cologne. The suspect is described as being a white male in his 20’s, around 6′, brown eyes, black hoodie and dark, shaven hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

*Amherstburg police state that a theft of medical supplies was reported from Amherstburg Home Healthcare last Tuesday. There is no description of the person and the theft was reported around 1:50 p.m.

*The theft of cash was reported from a residence in the 9500 block of Walker Road May 2. Reported stolen was $350. The matter is still under investigation, state police.

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Public intoxication Amherstburg police were called to the area of Richmond St. and Ramsay St. last Tuesday (May 2) for a report of an intoxicated male. As a result, a 23-year-old male from Amherstburg was arrested and charged under the Liquor License Act for being intoxicated in a public place. He was held until he was sober.

Mischief A mischief complaint from a property in the 7700 block of Howard Ave. was received last Wednesday around 2:10 p.m. Police say a lock on a gate was damaged. There does not appear to have been any entry, police add. Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

Accidents Amherstburg police say there were six accidents reported last week, but none resulted in charges.

Stats Amherstburg police laid 44 charges relating to traffic offenses last week. There were also nine 911 hang-up calls and 14 alarm calls.

-All information provided by the Amherstburg Police Service.

Amherstburg police switching dispatch services to Windsor

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Police Service will be dispatched out of Windsor by year’s end with a cost savings also coming as part of a new five-year agreement with the city.

The Amherstburg Police Services Board agreed at its meeting last week that the Windsor Police Service be awarded a five-year contract for dispatching services. Currently, Amherstburg police is dispatched out of LaSalle but that will come to an end at the end of the year when the new contract with Windsor kicks in.

Windsor’s bid came in at $653,000 over the five-year period with LaSalle police’s bid being over $1.48 million over that time frame. Owen Sound police and Strathroy-Caradoc police also submitted bids with those bids being just under $1.48 million and $1.54 million respectively.

“The LaSalle Police Service will continue to provide dispatching services until the Windsor Police Service takes over. We estimate that transition should be completed by mid-December,” said Chief Tim Berthiaume.

The start-up costs with Windsor are estimated at $295,000 for hardware and software needs. Another $50,000 will be allocated for “incidental and/or unexpected expenses” related to the transfer.

“Any incidental or unexpected expenses will be funded from the existing police reserves,” said Berthiaume.

There would have been no start-up costs had Amherstburg police remained with LaSalle police for dispatching services but there would have been costs relating to upgrading equipment, including computers.

Berthiaume said dispatching costs this year are estimated at $323,000 with that being increased to about $340,000 in 2018 had the contract with LaSalle been extended, as that contract included an automatic five per cent increase. Excluding set-up costs, the chief said dispatching services from Windsor are expected to cost $71,000 next year.

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“This is the third time in approximately 15 years the Amherstburg police has switched dispatching providers. None of the previous providers were located in Amherstburg. As with other transitions the Windsor Police dispatchers and police personnel will be offered opportunities to ride along with our front line staff,” said Berthiaume.

The chief pointed out that the last time dispatching services were switched was when they went from Leamington to LaSalle in 2010.

The Amherstburg Police Services Board in collaboration with the Chief of Police is committed to the perpetual pursuit of finding efficiencies and costs savings, he said. Berthiaume added that the issue of dispatching was first raised at the board level in early 2016.

“During my examination of each budget line, I brought dispatching to the attention of the Amherstburg Police Services Board,” said Berthiaume. “A committee was struck to put out an RFP for dispatching services.”

The committee that examined the Request for Proposals (RFP’s) included police services board chair Patricia Simone, vice chair Bob Rozankovic and Berthiaume.

“We are very pleased with the cost saving,” said Berthiaume. “We’re always looking for efficiencies. It never stops.”

The motion passed last week accepts Windsor police’s proposal for dispatching services, Berthiaume added, and authorized Simone and Rozankovic to enter into contract talks with them. As for what would happen should council elect to switch to OPP or a regional policing model, that remains unclear.

“The exact details of the contracts are being worked on. As soon as the contract is signed it will be available to the public,” said Berthiaume.

It is anticipated that the public will not notice the change in dispatching service, the chief stated.

The switch from LaSalle police to Windsor police for dispatching services is strictly a matter of dollars and cents, Berthiaume emphasized.

“I think it’s important to acknowledge the LaSalle Police Service. The switch from LaSalle to Windsor is about cost savings, not service,” said Berthiaume. “LaSalle is a first-class police service. They are more than just a neighbouring organization. They are a valued partner.

Berthiaume said LaSalle police features Amherstburg’s friends and colleagues and “I am committed to maintaining the valued relationship we have built with them.”