Amherstburg Police Service

Windsor Police appoints Officer in Charge for Amherstburg Detachment

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

There will be a new face at the helm when the Windsor Police Service takes over policing duties in town Jan. 1.

The Windsor Police Service announced last Friday that the Officer In Charge of the Amherstburg Detachment, effective January 1, 2019, will be Staff Sergeant Dave DeLuca.

According to a media release issued Friday afternoon by Windsor police, “Staff Sergeant DeLuca is a lifelong Amherstburg resident who knows the community and has a first-hand understanding of their concerns and expectations.”

Since being hired as a cadet in 1995, DeLuca has worked in many areas of the Windsor Police Service, including patrol division, forensic identification branch, drug enforcement branch, street crimes unit, domestic violence, internet child exploitation unit, and most recently, the special projects unit as he works toward the transition for the Amherstburg Detachment.

Staff Sgt. Dave DeLuca will be in charge of Windsor police’s Amherstburg detachment as of Jan. 1.

The Windsor Police Service states that it “is looking forward to working together with the residents of the Town of Amherstburg with the goal of public safety. We are committed to working together to prevent and investigate crime, and provide support to those in need.”

“It is a privilege to be chosen as the Officer in Charge of the new Amherstburg Detachment of the Windsor Police Service and to be part of this milestone moment for the town of Amherstburg. I look forward to the opportunity to work in my hometown and continue the tradition of exceptional police service that the residents have come to expect and enjoy,” said DeLuca.

The Town of Amherstburg signed the contract with the Windsor Police Service last month. It is for 20 years with it being reviewable every five years.

Tim Berthiaume, the current Amherstburg police chief, says WPS have offered him employment in Windsor at the rank of Superintendent commencing July 1.

“My plan, for now, is to accept the offer and work in Windsor,” Berthiaume stated.

 

 

 

Amherstburg police looking for public’s assistance to locate missing youth

 

(UPDATE: Amherstburg police report that Audrey has been found and is safe.)

The Amherstburg Police Service is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing person.

Amherstburg police are trying to locate 13-year-old Audrey Standon. She is described as a white female, 5’1” in height, 106 lbs. with shoulder length brown hair and grey eyes. She has not been seen by her family since early Saturday morning.

The Amherstburg Police Services is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 13-year-old Audrey Standon.

Amherstburg police add that foul play is not suspected, but state Standon “is considered a high risk missing person.”

If anyone has had contact with Audrey since Saturday morning, or may know her whereabouts, please contact the Amherstburg Police Service as soon as possible at 519-736-3622. To alert police anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477).

Amherstburg police investigating thefts from storage facility

 

The Amherstburg Police Service is continuing to investigate several thefts from a local storage facility with the total amount of stolen goods exceeding $20,000.

Amherstburg police state that the thefts have been occurring from KD Storage at 25 Renaud St. between Oct. 11-14.

The Amherstburg Police Service states they are following several leads but are now seeking assistance from the public in order to progress the investigation.

Anyone with information which could lead to the identification of the person(s) responsible for these crimes or those with information that could lead to the recovery of the stolen property are asked to contact Amherstburg police at 519-736-3622. People with information can also contact Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.

Job offers to Amherstburg police officers delayed

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Job offers to Amherstburg police officers were delayed, but it does not appear the delay will be a long one.

Offers from the Windsor Police Service were scheduled to come out last Saturday but now appear to be coming this week instead. Const. Shawn McCurdy, president of the Amherstburg Police Association (APA), said the delay was “for a short period of time” and that was all they were told.

“We received a memo from (Windsor police) Chief Frederick outlining that,” he said.

According to McCurdy, “there was a scheduled job offer and that has been delayed at the request of Mayor DiCarlo.”

McCurdy told the RTT last Thursday that they were scheduled to receive an update yesterday.

“From the information we’re receiving, there’s a disagreement as it relates to severance and the understanding of the arbitrator’s decision,” said McCurdy. “From the association’s perspective, we’re not sure what the disagreement is. We’re quite clear on what it means. Our position is we’re entitled to severance and that has been our position.”

Members who elect not to take a position with the Windsor Police Service would receive four weeks for every year of service, he said. McCurdy added it’s a decision for each individual member to make but he expects most officers to take the offer.

“I am going to accept a position with Windsor. I am not going to accept severance,” said McCurdy. “A majority of employees will be accepting positions. It’s common sense. We can’t go without a job.”

McCurdy noted that he sat on the Joint Police Advisory Committee (JPAC) and that the possibility of severance has existed since last December. He said they are bound by the Police Services Act that all officers would have to have the same collective agreement.

“That’s what this struggle is all about,” he said.

McCurdy added they do not want to dispute anything in the media, and that the APA deals with the Amherstburg Police Services Board (APSB).

“That’s who we are going to deal with to resolve this matter,” he said.

“Windsor police has been more than accommodating and professional with us,” McCurdy continued. “This has nothing to do with their side.”

APSB chair Bob Rozankovic confirmed that “offers were delayed but are being delivered to APS this Tuesday and Thursday. The board had not been told why they were delayed. Possibly Town Administration can answer that.”

Rozankovic added that “once formal offers are received, then the process can move forward.”

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo stated last Friday that he cannot legally discuss any police issues at the current time. He added he could not confirm any issues relating to severance including whether Frederick contacted local officers.

At one of the two hotel announcements the previous week, the mayor stated that severance may only come into play if an Amherstburg officer is asked to take less to stay employed.

“The language in the collective agreement is referred to in the decision. If the town does not equalize or provide equal rank compensation salary, then the severances would kick in,” DiCarlo told the media after the second of two hotel announcements Oct. 19. “We maintain the position if we equalize everything between the two contracts, there would be no severances.”

DiCarlo also stated Oct. 19 that there will be $14-$15 million in savings over the 20-year contract and that there would be savings for the town “no matter what,” even if severances had to be paid out.

 

 

 

Amherstburg-Windsor police switch sparks protest

 

 

By Christian Bouchard

 

The town’s much debated switch to the Windsor Police Service reached a conclusion last Friday, sparking a protest.

A group of about 12 protestors rallied to town hall in support of the Amherstburg police this past Sunday.

Lisa Scott, an advocate for the Amherstburg police helped organise the protest because of the decision to merge with the Windsor Police service.

“We do not want this deal with Windsor at all,” said Scott. “It’s not going to save us money, it’s going to cost us money. Why fix what’s not broken?”

According to Scott, the taxpayers did ask to find a way to save money, however she believes there were other ways to save.

Among the many areas Scott noted the town could save money were not hiring 14 new people at town hall, not buying the Duffy’s property, not buying Bellevue and not buying St. Bernard’s school. Scott claims there were other places town council could have found money to save taxpayers money without touching an essential service.

A group of protesters gather to voice their concerns with the policing switch to Windsor.

“We don’t want to lose our Amherstburg police, we want them to stay,” said Scott. “Most of them will probably stay but we’re still going to have to pay a severance.”

In Scott’s perfect world, Amherstburg police service would be left alone. The town would be looking at employees benefit packages to find a way where they can find benefits for “a little bit less”, do some wage freezes and not hire 14 new people in town hall.

Also noted on the long list of concerns was whether Amherstburg would receive the same level of service and how much more it would cost.

Scott expressed her frustration with Amherstburg doing all the spending and questioned where Windsor is spending its money.

“We all know at the end of five years if Windsor decides to continue with us, they aren’t going to do it for free,” said Scott. “We’re going to pay and we’re going to pay big.”

The 20-year contract will be eligible for review every five years and either Windsor or Amherstburg could pull out of the deal with 18 months notice. The contract is set to take place Jan. 1.