Windsor police Chief Al Frederick, left, speaks with Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens during a community meeting in 2018.
Nick Brancaccio / Windsor Star
An Ontario Provincial Police review of the 911 call made in November from Windsor police Chief Al Frederick’s home has concluded the incident was handled correctly from start to finish.Released by the office of Mayor Drew Dilkens Friday, the final report stated that, in the opinion of the reviewing OPP officers, “from the moment that the 911 call was received, all involved WPS (Windsor Police Services) members, both uniform and civilian, responded in an appropriate and proper manner.”Only the last two pages of the report, which was completed on January 9, were released, with about six lines redacted.Dilkens, who is also chair of the Windsor Police Services Board, made the decision to release the final two pages Friday.“They have concluded what the board knows to be true, that this was handled appropriately,” Dilkens said. “Most importantly, we know that at no time was there ever any allegation of misconduct or criminality by the chief of police.”After a 911 call from the chief’s house was received Nov. 12 at 11:18 a.m., two uniform patrol officers and the their supervisor were dispatched to attend, the review stated. The nature of the initial police dispatch was redacted in the report, as were any names involved in the 911 call.The officers recognized it was the chief’s residence and alerted Deputy Chief Brad Hill, who also responded.Under department policy, whenever a call is made involving an officer, a fellow officer of a higher rank is called to attend the scene. The policy neglects to define a protocol for handling a call involving the chief of police.The OPP’s review stated the Windsor police directives outlined in the preceding and unpublished pages of the report were adhered to. It added the attendance of the deputy chief was the “most appropriate and common sense response to the situation.”Nine days passed between the 911 call and the Windsor Police Board’s request for an OPP review of the incident. Dilkens, who was notified of the incident the same day it occurred, said police spent the first of those days packaging information about the call for him to review as chair of the board. Then, he spoke with board members and discussed the information with them, he said. On Nov. 21, the board requested the OPP to undertake a review.About not requesting the review immediately, Dilkens said, “whether we did it nine days later, or 29 days later, it wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the independent review by the OPP.” He referred to the nine days as “a non-issue.”Two OPP officers from Orillia, one man and one woman, conducted the review in Windsor over the course of a few days, Dilkens said. During that time, they did interviews, reviewed transcripts and audio recordings — “everything related to this particular call,” Dilkens said.“We want to make sure the public has complete confidence that the matter was handled in a proper way, and we asked the OPP to come and undertake an independent review,” Dilkens said. He added members of the police services board were “completely satisfied” with the report.“In conclusion, both the initial response and investigation of this incident, the subsequent report submissions and notifications, were completed in a proper, transparent manner by the involved members of the Windsor Police Service,” the review’s final paragraph stated. “The relevant Directives were adhered to and, where the Directives concerning Conflict of Interest did not address the circumstance, the appropriate decisions to manage a difficult situation were made.”firstname.lastname@example.org/wstarcampbell