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Windsor Police Association
548 Windsor Avenue
Windsor, ON
N9A 1J5
(519) 969-0510
(519) 969-6064 fax
windsorpa@on.aibn.com

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THE HISTORY OF THE WINDSOR POLICE ASSOCIATION

Samuel Porter was Windsor's first recognized police officer appointed in 1854 on a part-time basis. Thirteen years later City council officially enacted a bylaw establishing the Windsor Police Department in 1867. Many years passed before the police members became organized as a group. Being a quasi-military organization the Police Department senior officers, many of whom had fought in the great wars, were not very receptive to the rank and file members? attempts to "mutiny". In fact the early Police Associations in Ontario were composed of Chiefs and senior officers.

The Police Association of Ontario (P.A.O.) was founded in 1933 and served as a symbol of the intention of policemen to deal with police matters in a more organized and systematic way and with a greater sense of common identity . The P.A.O. amended its constitution and by-laws in 1936 to allow constables to become members of the Executive Committee. By 1944 the P.A.O. became incorporated, allowing the Association to become involved in collective bargaining for police officers in Ontario. Members of the Windsor Police Association attended these early meetings and as a result were one of the original local police associations constituting the re-organized provincial body. Superintendent James R. Wilkinson of the Windsor Police was the first president of the re-constituted 1944-1945 P.A.O. An amendment to the Police Act in 1947 gave the police the legal right to organize as collective bargaining agents subject to 50% approval of the Police Force. With the amalgamation of East Windsor and Riverside Police Departments in 1966 the Windsor Police Association became an amalgamated P.A.O. member Association on 29 September 1967. In addition to uniformed police officers, all civilians were now represented at the bargaining table.

With 100% membership today, the Windsor Police Association is the sole collective bargaining unit for its members. In 1990 the Association established a full-time "Administrator" position, which continues to this day. The Association's responsibilities have expanded from bargaining salaries to member's benefits, life insurance, medical and dental care, hospitalization, prescription drugs and Long Term Disability insurance. We also coordinate O.M.E.R.S. pension plan payments and benefits.
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