Goal & Vision:
To continue enhancing, strengthening and reinforcing the safety and security of neighbourhoods and communities throughout the city by implementing a comprehensive community initiative plan to strengthen existing public safety resources.
What have we done since 2014?
- We have approved and funded the creation of a Windsor Police “Rapid Response Team” by hiring 12 additional police officers to address areas in the city experiencing increased criminal activity.
- We are installing and maintaining 15 needle disposal bins in areas where used needles have been discarded improperly in order to protect children and residents living in those areas.
- We have hired additional outreach staff to work with those experiencing homelessness, drug addiction and mental health issues, in order to help them receive treatment and services they need to become productive members of the community
- We have partnered in an investment with the federal and provincial governments to construct 150 affordable housing units to address issues created by drug addiction, mental health and increasing property values. This is Windsor’s largest investment in social housing over the past 30 years.
- We have created a comprehensive opioid strategy in cooperation with the Windsor Essex County Health Unit and a diverse group of community partners to strengthen our local response and identify solutions that work in Windsor.
How will we keep
Windsor Moving Forward?
- Deterrence is the first step to reduce crime. By installing 100 digital cameras throughout the city’s public areas where criminal activity is more pronounced, Windsor Police Services will be able to monitor these areas more effectively and efficiently. These cameras will be linked to existing networks that are accessible to police in real-time and are useful in the investigation of criminal activity. This investment of $1.5 million will represent our first line of defence to combat crime.
- Bolstering and strengthening our neighbourhoods will reduce incidents of crime. We will apply to be the first city in Canada to participate in a new digital Neighbourhood Watch system. This program integrates home monitoring systems such as Ring, Nest, and other IP cameras with existing police networks. Through this technology, Windsor Police Services will be able to access video and surveillance footage from a variety of sources. Access to this video footage will assist Police in the investigation of criminal activity while creating partnerships with area neighbourhoods.
- Windsor will become the first city in Ontario to fully implement the Pharmacy Safety Initiative designed to reduce crime in and around pharmacies in our community. Pharmacies that stock addictive pain medications and narcotics are high-targets for criminal activity. This initiative will work to make neighbourhood pharmacies safe for customers, employees and the public.
- 911 has been used successfully for decades to report and communicate with first responders, including police. We will implement the next generation 911 service that allows residents to use new technology for digital reporting of crime through video, pictures, text messages and file transfers directly to the dispatch centre for immediate response by police. This investment of $2 million will improve our residents’ reporting ability while increasing the effectiveness of Windsor Police to respond in a timelier manner with appropriate resources.
- Improve and enhance the DIGS unit for drugs and guns. This highly trained unit within the Windsor Police Services will target specific crimes that deal with drugs, guns and gangs.
- Create a community outreach patrol made up of social services, community agencies and 3rd party groups to address the needs of the homeless in our city.
- Commit additional funding through partnership with the provincial and federal governments to increase the number of affordable housing units.
- Funding, engaging and continuing to work with the provincial and federal governments to implement proven strategies to address the opioid epidemic increase, especially in the downtown core.
- Increase the number of police officers on the streets to ensure a level of safety that all our residents deserve.