Dave DeLuca

Local officers, students part of Windsor-Essex Polar Plunge

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run held its fifth annual “Polar Plunge” last Friday afternoon and it had some Amherstburg representation.

Four officers from the Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment, including Staff Sgt. Dave DeLuca, Const. Tim McInnis, Const. Fred Adair and Const. Ryan Pizzala, jumped into the cold pool outside of the St. Clair College Sportsplex. Also participating were General Amherst High School students Cassidy Atkinson, Kyra Buratto and Hannah Drouillard.

The WIndsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment had a team at the Polar Plunge at the St. Clair College Sportsplex Feb. 15.

“You can’t imagine how cold it was until you are in the water,” said DeLuca. “It was fun, though.”

The former Amherstburg Police Service were regular participants of the Polar Plunge and DeLuca indicated it will continue to be a tradition as the Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment.

“This will be an annual thing for us,” said DeLuca.

DeLuca said they will start fundraising earlier next year, but noted the detachment brought in about $660 this year.

“It was great. It was nice to do that for our first year,” he said. “We’re happy. The great thing about the fundraising is that it’s staying local.”

Cassidy Atkinson, Kyra Burrato and Hannah Drouillard represented General Amherst High School at the Polar Plunge.

The high school students all said they will return next year as well. They were able to raise $505.

“It’s a very deserving cause,” said Atkinson. “I think more people should do this next year.”

Atkinson added they became interested in jumping this year as a way to celebrate Buratto’s birthday but will continue to do it to support the cause.

Over $185,000 was raised in the first four years of the event with early estimates as to this year’s total being $40,000. There were roughly 165 jumpers this year.

New officer in charge vows policing services will stay the same for the public

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Now that policing in Amherstburg has switched from being the Amherstburg Police Service to the Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment, the new person leading Amherstburg officers vows the service residents will see will be consistent to what has always been here.

Staff Sgt. Dave DeLuca, the officer in charge of the Amherstburg Detachment – said there is still training for officers and civilian staff to do but indicated much of the hard work is now behind them.

“All of the heavy lifting was over the last couple of months,” he said, noting he was part of 13 committees that prepared for the dissolving of the Amherstburg Police Service and the welcoming of officers in Amherstburg to the Windsor Police Service.

Transitioning policing from one service to another was “a massive undertaking,” said DeLuca, but what is left is mostly training on the administrative side of the Windsor Police Service.

“We’re taking over the administration of the service,” said DeLuca. “Service delivery is identical. Nothing is changing at all.”

DeLuca said there will still be 31 officers based in Amherstburg, counting himself, and that Amherstburg has access to different Windsor police units such as forensics and K-9 units. Four officers from Amherstburg went to Windsor with one being a patrol officer, one going to the training branch, a third going into court services with a fourth officer becoming the regional cannabis enforcement officer.

“We have six Windsor officers being assigned out here and they are all going to be uniformed patrol,” said DeLuca, adding that two officers from the former Amherstburg Police Service have been promoted to sergeant with the Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment.

Staff Sgt. Dave DeLuca is the officer in charge of the Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment.

The remainder of the service stays the same, he indicated, and pledged that service levels will remain the same.

“In Amherstburg, you will always get an officer to every call,” said DeLuca. “It stays 100 per cent exactly as it’s always been. You will get an officer out, just as you’ve always had.”

DeLuca added he is happy with how everyone seems to be settling in and believes much of the concern over the past year was due to uncertainty of what exactly was going to transpire.

“Now that all of the questions have been answered, everyone seems to be settling in really, really well,” said DeLuca.

There may be some services online soon, such as the ability to get police clearances and signing up for the vulnerable persons registry, but DeLuca described those as enhancements and emphasized that officers will still come out to call and work on the same schedules.

DeLuca was born and raised in Amherstburg and continues to live here and raise his family.

Windsor chief Al Frederick (right) was on hand for the swearing in of the Amherstburg officers Jan. 1, including Sgt. Don Brown. (Photo courtesy of the Windsor Police Service)

“I couldn’t be happier to work in town. It’s great,” he said.

The Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment continues to work out of the office at 532 Sandwich St. S. and DeLuca said the same phone numbers will remain. The number for non-emergency calls remains at 519-736-3622, general inquiries is 519-736-8559 and emergency calls to 911.

DeLuca believes that Windsor police will provide quality service to Amherstburg residents.

“Give us a chance,” said DeLuca. “I think they are going to be pleasantly surprised, especially with the enhancements that are coming. If the town is serious about growth, this is a step in the right direction. We are not taking anything away. Things are not changing.”

The switchover came at midnight Jan. 1, with DeLuca, Windsor Chief Al Frederick and other officials from Windsor on hand to swear in the Amherstburg officers under the Windsor police banner.

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.