Windsor Police Service

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Windsor Police Service
Abbreviation WPS
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
Sworn members 473 uniformed[4]
Unsworn members 146 civilian[5]
Elected officer responsible The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Agency executive Al Frederick (Acting), Chief of Police
Parent agency Windsor Police Services Board
Windsor Police Service on Twitter
Windsor Police Service on Facebook[6]

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.[7] 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.


As a smaller force WPS does not have police stations, but a small number of service centres:

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

Police Chiefs

List of former Police Chiefs:

  • 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 Kousi 1995 to 1998 Glen Stannar 1998 to 2006 Gary Smith 2006 to 2010 Al Frerick 2011