A majority of Windsor police workforce identify as white, men or Catholic

How diverse is Windsor's police service? Here's a look at some results from the 2018 census.

Employees speak a total of 28 different languages outside of English

Last August, a third of new recruits into the police service were women. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

The 2018 Windsor Police Service workplace census shows that 83.7 per cent of its workforce is white.

The next most commonly cited background was Arab at 3.3 per cent.

The numbers were revealed at the latest Windsor Police Service board meeting. The last workplace census was conducted in 2012, which was also the first one for the service.

The 2018 survey had a high response rate, with 98.8 per cent of all eligible WPS employees, both civilian and sworn officers, returning a census. Though it should be noted that for some questions, more than 10 per cent of the respondents refused to answer.

The majority of Windsor police were born in Canada. (Windsor Police Service)

Other highlights are as follows:

  • 81.7 per cent of sworn officers indicated their gender identity as male, compared to 83.1 per cent in 2012.
  • The top three most-frequently spoken languages aside from English were Arabic, Italian and Spanish.
  • 12.6 per cent of all WPS employees can speak French well enough to carry a conversation — compared to 10 per cent in 2012.
  • There were a total of 17 different religions identified, with Catholic being the majority at 41.1 per cent.
  • A majority of workers are between the age of 35 and 53, at 66.7 per cent.
  • 95.9 per cent identified as heterosexual, compared to 97 per cent in 2012.
A majority of Windsor Police Service identify as being Catholic. (Windsor Police Service)

Frank Providenti, superintendent, said the police are striving to be more representative of the city's population. Part of that involves having a diversity officer on staff who meets with community partners and makes trips to schools to do outreach.

"We're out there everyday, recruiting, trying to get our numbers up from the areas we're down on," he said.

At the board meeting, chief Al Frederick said just over 40 per cent of new recruits in the last seven years came from diverse backgrounds.


  • An earlier version of this story stated that 66 per cent of respondents indicated their gender identity as male, compared to 83.1 per cent in 2012. In fact, 81.7 per cent of sworn officers identified as male, compared to 83.1 in 2012. The earlier version also failed to indicate that more than 10 per cent of respondents declined to answer certain questions.
    Jun 20, 2019 1:12 PM ET

With files from Jason Viau


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