theburgwatch inquiry to Mayor DiCarlo was for the number of times in each of the past two years that Windsor Police has had to utilize specialty units in the town of Amherstburg. (November 26)
Mayor DiCarlo: The appropriate avenue to get that information is through a written inquiry sent to the Windsor Police Freedom of Information Coordinator, Shelley Gray. I have copied her on this email. (November 28)
theburgwatch: Given recent emails, i thought you were the appropriate person, “I follow up with all taxpayer requests for information wherever and however possible. I also follow up with the media in the same way.”
How disappointing that requests for information require formal requests; maybe a new policy is required to increase transparency? (November 28)
Windsor Police Requires FOI Request – Telephone Survey
Windsor Police Proposal Requires FOI Application
The Windsor Star also reports how pleased Mayor DiCarlo is, “Our goal was to try to ensure residents felt no difference … For those who were concerned about a drop in service level — That just didn’t happen. I would say that it appears we have improved service levels.”
Blackburn News reports how pleased Mayor DiCarlo is with the Windsor Police takeover.
DiCarlo is quoted in this article, “We have access to a lot of services that we never did before. Obviously Windsor Police is a much bigger operation with a lot more to offer,” said DiCarlo.
Have we not always had access to a lot of services?
It was my understanding that since the Amherstburg Police Services Board was obliged to provide adequate and effective policing we either had all the services that were required or had access to them through the OPP and/or Windsor.
Obviously, the OPP is an even bigger operation that also has a lot to offer but no OPP costing was obtained for comparison sake.
While the article also mentioned, “the town realized a half a million dollars in savings by switching over to the Windsor Police Service,” we never knew if we might have saved significantly more through a switch to the OPP. After all, one of the corrective actions listed in the Deloitte Report 2014 was, “look for shared service opportunities with neighbouring municipalities,” which could have easily meant to share OPP policing with the majority of Essex County.