Amherstburg Mayor Happy After One Year with New Police Service
It's been a year since the Windsor Police Service took over policing in Amherstburg.
Mayor Aldo DiCarlo says it has been a smooth transition and the majority of feedback from the public has been positive.
The 20-year contract with the Windsor police is expected to save the town $570,000 a year plus an additional $2-million to $3-million in pensions and benefits.
"If anything, I would say that people have noticed an improvement in service levels," says DiCarlo. "Really, I can't say enough good about the transition. I think it was great for the town and I've heard that from a lot of people."
DiCarlo says any residents he's heard from who were on the fence about the change are now in favour.
"I've heard from almost nobody still opposed," he says. "I've heard from a lot of people who were concerned early on and after the switch many of them have said that it turned out to be a really good idea. From the feedback I'm getting from the residents, it has made a very noticeable difference."
DiCarlo says the level of service has increased in many areas.
"From what I can tell, on the surface, we're actually getting more for our money which was really the key that we were looking into this for. Initially, it was really just saving money, but it looks like we've added quite a bit of service for cost savings."
After the transition, DiCarlo says the majority of officers stayed in Amherstburg while a few opted to be transferred to Windsor.
When the town was looking for cost savings, Windsor was the only police service that submitted a bid to take over policing in Amherstburg.
— with files from AM800's Rob Hindi