About the WPA
The Windsor Police Association is comprised of over 650 members and includes all Windsor Police Service employees except the Chief and Deputy Chiefs. The Windsor Police Association is recognized as the sole bargaining agent for members of the service. The Windsor Police Association prides itself in its commitment to community service both professionally on-the-job and through charitable endeavours off the job.
Samuel Porter was Windsor’s first recognized police officer appointed in 1854 on a part-time basis. Thirteen years later Windsor 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.
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 September 29, 1967. In 2019, the members of the Amherstburg Police Service joined the Windsor Police Association after it was amalgamated into the Windsor Police Service.
To be a unified voice representing all members of the Windsor Police Association and to improve quality of life through collective bargaining, member relations and supporting the community we serve.
Windsor Police Association is a unified voice representing our membership and their families. We are a strong advocate for the policing profession and a recognized leader in the community.