Windsor Police Service

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Windsor Police Service
Abbreviation WPS
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Windsor Police Service patch
Agency overview
Formed July 1, 1867[1]
Preceding agency Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment[2]
Annual budget $65 million[3]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Population 210 000
Legal jurisdiction Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Governing body Windsor Police Services Board
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 150 Goyeau Street
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
N9A 6J5
Sworn members 473 uniformed[4]
Unsworn members 146 civilian[5]
Elected officer responsible The Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Agency executive Al Frederick, Chief of Police
Parent agency Windsor Police Services Board

The Windsor Police Service is a police force originally established on July 1, 1867, to provide service to the City of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It succeeded the Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment

The current Chief of Police is Al Frederick, appointed December 22, 2011.[6] Chief Frederick was appointed acting chief in 2011 when the Windsor force was boiling over with controversy following the abrupt retirement of Chief Gary Smith amid allegations of brutality and other misconduct by his officers. Frederick became the permanent chief the following year.


The Windsor Police Service provides policing from its headquarters facility located at 150 Goyeau Street, Windsor. The Windsor Police shares the facility with the Ontario Courts of Justice. In addition, the Service maintains secondary sites:

  • Major FA Tilston Armoury & Police Training Centre - shared with the Canadian Forces
  • Sandwich Community Services
  • Collision Reporting Centre

The police force is active on social media like Twitter and Facebook.[7]

Police Chiefs[edit]

List of former Police Chiefs: • Samuel Port 1867

  • Gary Smith
  • Edwin V. McNeill
  • Claude Renaud
  • Hughes
  • Dennis Mahoney
  • Duncan MacNab 1935
  • William Bains
  • J.P. Smith 1935
  • Carl Farrow 1951-1953
  • Daniel Thompson 1920
  • Elias Wills
  • Gordon Preston 1968 to 1974
  • John Williamson 1974 to 1980
  • Jack Shuttleworth 1980 to 1983
  • John Hughes 1983 to 1988
  • Jim Adkin 1988 to 1994
  • John Kousik 1994 to 1999
  • Glenn Stannard 1999 to 2008
  • Gary Smith 2008 to 2012
  • Al Frederick 2012 - present