Ontario Civilian Police Commission to Release Report to Windsor Police Service, Board of Directors


A long-awaited final report is expected to be released this week, regarding an investigation into the Windsor Police Service and the Windsor Police Services Board.

The investigation was launched in May 2018 after the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (COPC) received several complaints from members of the service raising serious concerns about the work environment. The commission began hearing complaints in January of the same year.

The OCPC, an independent oversight body that governs policing under the Police Services Act, said it will release its final report on Friday.

A 2018 police statement described the terms of reference for the OCPC investigation, but did not include details of the complaints, only stating that the complaints were received from several WPS members between January and April 2018.

“These complaints raise serious concerns about the working environment of the WPS, the administration of the WPS and the oversight provided by the Windsor Police Service Board,” the statement said.

The investigation was to be conducted with respect to subsection 31 (4) of the Police Services Act, which states that “the board shall not direct the chief of police with respect to specific operational decisions or with respect to relates to the day-to-day operations of the police. “

The OCPC was investigating whether there had been “improper interference in specific legal proceedings” and whether this interference involved current members of the WPS and the Windsor Police Services Board.

He also investigated allegations of a “poisoned work environment” within the WPS by the administration “in relation to workplace policies and / or accommodation requests”.

The OCPC was also investigating initially:

  • the promotion process to decide whether it is fair and transparent while deciding whether the board exercises appropriate oversight
  • whether the potential hiring of relatives is managed in a fair and transparent manner
  • whether the board has informed the administration during the promotion process involving senior management of matters relating to its mandate

The OCPC would later expand the scope of its investigation to include an examination of how WPS and the Windsor Police Services Board handled a 911 call from the home of former Chief Al Frederick in November 2018.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens is the chairman of the board and Frederick was the leader when the inquiry was launched. Pam Mizuno took up her role as chef in October 2019, following Frederick’s retirement.


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