Report: 12-person special police force planned for downtown Windsor

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A special unit with a dozen police officers could hit the streets of downtown Windsor.

Mayor Drew Dilkens is proposing something called a “Problem Oriented Policing” unit. He said he’s disturbed by an uptick in property and violent crime in the city’s core.

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“That concerns me, and listen, I think anyone who works downtown can see on a daily basis some of the challenges that we’re experiencing as a result of mental health, the opioid and drug addiction issues and sometimes the intersection of both,” he said.

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“What I don’t want is for people to feel unsafe in their own community, and I want to address this as quickly as possible.”

Dilkens said the proposal will be considered by the police services board before coming to city council.

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He adds he would be shocked if there was any pushback.

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