Comparing Amherstburg To Other Municipalities: Police Requests For Information

The OPP answered my questions without requiring a formal request.

When I requested two documents from Windsor Police, its FOI Coordinator advised me of the $5 fee for Municipal Freedom of Information and the Protection of Privacy Act requests; she quoted section 17(1)(c).

She did respond but stated any further requests should be in accordance with the Act; to submit my request and applicable fee by mail or by attending either Police Headquarters or Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment.  

She then responded to my access request, under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, for a copy of:

i)                    The Windsor Police Services Board diversity plan
ii)                   The Windsor Police Service accessibility policy

and denied access to the Windsor Police Service Board Diversity plan as the records do not exist.

Further, access is denied to Windsor Police Service Accessibility Policy as the information is contained within their Human Rights Directive, currently available on its website

I assured the Coordinator that this was a simple request for records that i assumed would be publicly available in an organization committed to transparency and accountability to the public it serves. 

OPP Answers Questions

I asked the OPP a few questions following Deputy Mayor Gibb’s February 8 comments about the OPP.

question 1: have all the essex county detachments undertaken community/satisfaction surveys?

answer: OPP have just recently begun interviewing for the 2023 West Region Detachments Community Satisfaction Survey (CSS), which includes surveying respondents in the Essex Detachment area.  An Essex Detachment-specific results report will be created once data collection is completed and there has been an opportunity to analyze the data/draft the report.  I should be able to receive the West Region report by Summertime (pending how long the approval process takes once the results are analyzed and the reports are drafted). Prior to this, the last time we did a survey in Essex Detachment would have been in 2017.

question 2: would you provide me with the cost of OPP policing to these local communities?

question 3: would you provide me with an estimate of the timeline for an OPP costing to the town of amherstburg?

answer: In reference to the Billing Model and Costing, it may be best for you to view the following links:

Ontario Provincial Police – Billing Model (

Ontario Provincial Police – Contract Proposals and Amalgamations (

There is a manual for the contract proposal process with the below timeline in it, along with other information that will assist you.