Amherstburg Policing Switch On Schedule

The deadline for the Windsor Police Service to takeover policing in Amherstburg is quickly approaching and Chief Al Frederick says everything is on schedule.

Council voted in favour of a hotly debated 20-year contract, which is set to come into effect January 1, 2019.

The deal assures Amherstburg's personnel will remain on the force and Frederick says the process of bringing everyone together is going well.

"All of our operations, whether that's equipment, technologies, personnel, it's been a challenge and a great learning experience for us because we've never done this before, but that's been going very well," says Frederick. "That committee works been done jointly between Amherstburg and Windsor officers, so it's been fun to be a part of that."

Over the course of the contract the town will save $14-million and an additional $2-million to $3-million in pensions and benefits.

Chief Frederick says there is some red-tape left to get through.

"We're finalizing the fee for service contract, so the agreement between the two communities and we're ironing out the final details. That's a big step forward that needs to be signed prior to Jan. 1," he says.