Amherstburg Police Switch Now In The Hands Of The Ontario Civilian Police Commission

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At least one member of Amherstburg town council is feeling optimistic that the Ontario Civilian Police Commission will approve the Windsor police take over of policing in the town.

Rick Fryer says he's confident the OCPC will see Windsor's bid can provide adequate and effective policing for the municipality.

The commission held a day-long hearing Tuesday to receive submissions from the public.

Members of the Windsor Police Service including Chief Al Frederick and Mayor Drew Dilkens were on hand along with representatives from the Town of Amherstburg.

Fryer says he doesn't know why some residents are opposing the move. 

"The key thing here as I think a lot of residents are missing out is we are maintaining our police force," says Fryer.  "Those guys and ladies are not going away.  All that's changing here is how we're going to manage the police force going forward."

Amherstburg is expected to save roughly $567,000 a year if the move is approved.

Fryer says he doesn't think residents will see any differences when it comes to day-to-day operations. "The residents get the same level of service if not better and we're getting that for cheaper," he says. "So I don't know how you can honestly be against it but there's some people that are."

The three member OCPC panel is expected to have a decision made in the next 30 to 60 days.

If approved, the change over would officially take place on January 1st, 2019.