Fonds RG8 - Windsor Police Services Board and Windsor Police Services fonds

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Windsor Police Services Board and Windsor Police Services fonds

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CA ON00363 RG8

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  • 1861-1994 (Creation)

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5.06 m of textual records

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Although the position of Police Magistrate was established before 1861, the Windsor Police Service and Board date from the passage of the British North America Act by the British Parliament 1 July 1867. Pre-Confederation law enforcement was the responsibility of the regular military, and later by contingents of the Royal Canadian Rifles. Initially composed of four members, the Windsor Police Service (formerly the Windsor Police Department, or Windsor Police Force) has grown into a complex municipal department with a wide variety of duties related to local law enforcement. The Windsor Police Services Board was originally made up of the Mayor, the Police Magistrate and senior County Court Judge. Recent changes to the Ontario Police Act have made judges ineligible for Board membership. The modern Board now consists of Mayor, a member of City Council, and community members appointed by the province

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The Windsor Police Services Board and Windsor Police Services Fonds remained in the offices of the police department until 1987

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The fonds consists of agendas, agreements, by-laws, conviction registers, log books, minutes, a police register, prisoner registers, reports and statistics which reflect the myriad of activities, concerns and responsibilities of law enforcement in the region. The fonds is divided into four sous fonds: Records of the Police Magistrate Records of Police Boards Records of the Chief of Police Records of Operational Divisions Fonds consists of the following series: Conviction Registers Windsor Police Services Board Riverside Police Commission Chief Constable’s Records Windsor Police Force Annual Reports Operational Records of Amalgamated Towns Administration Division Investigation Division Patrol Division

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Fonds was acquired in 1987, with additional accruals received in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994


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All records relating to the Windsor Police Services Board is restricted for 20 years. Researchers are required to sign a permission request form in order to view the records of the Windsor Police Services Board and the Windsor Police Service. Research notes are subject to review by the Archives staff. Any information gained as a result of research in the Board’s or Service’s records may be used in only the project for which access was granted. A portion of the fonds is restricted through the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Researchers are responsible for observing any copyright regulations which may apply to the publication of their research. Credit for all documentation reproduced is to read: Municipal Archives – Windsor Public Library, followed by the appropriate document citation

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Expanded series-level descriptions for the fonds are included in Guide to the Holdings of the Municipal Archives. A detailed inventory is available, Windsor Police Services Board and Windsor Police Services Fonds (RG8)

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Accruals occur at irregular intervals. Future accruals are expected

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Records received from 1993 to the present are unprocessed, with the exception of annual reports

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