Ward 4 candidate wants increased police presence in neighbourhoods

Activist Edy Haddad speaks at a rally at the University of Windsor on March 20, 2019. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

Community safety has become a hot topic on the campaign trail this week.

Ward 4 candidate Edy Haddad announced he would like to increase bike and foot patrol to improve community safety.

“We always see police in their cars, parked in certain locations, sometimes multiple police cars in the same location for hours sometimes at a time. People want to see them out of their cars, walking through the streets, having a visible presence,” said Haddad.

Haddad indicated he would like to reassess the police budget to make foot and bike patrols a priority.

“I think the police are working as hard as they can but at the same time sometimes we have to reorganize how we are policing. I think what we are seeing on the streets right now is a call for that,” said Haddad.

In 2018, the Windsor Police Service started the Problem-Oriented Policing Unit. This unit is assigned to different areas of the city experiencing higher criminal activity. The City of Windsor hired 12 additional officers to create this unit.

There are seven other candidates running for the Ward 4 councilor position including, Giovanni “John” Abati, Gregory Heil, Matt Marchand, Mark McKenzie, Jake Rondot, Kristen Siapas, and Patrick Sutherland

The municipal election is on October 24, 2022.