On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Windsor Police Service and the LaSalle Police Service commenced joint use of a shared Multi-jurisdictional (MJ) Versaterm Records Management System (RMS) to track incidents of crime and other police-related occurrence information in both jurisdictions. This is a transformational regional collaboration and information sharing initiative, where police data for three municipalities – the City of Windsor, the Town of Amherstburg, and the Town of LaSalle – will be managed and shared on the same information technology (IT) system.
In December of 2020, Police Services Boards for both agencies signed a five-year agreement to use a shared police information system which is hosted by the Windsor Police Service. Both agencies continue to independently police their respective jurisdictions while ensuring timely and secure access to required police information as authorized by law.
Windsor Police Superintendent Brendan Dodd stated “This implementation represents a major milestone in regional information sharing, operational awareness, and improving police and public safety for the communities of Windsor, Amherstburg and LaSalle. Officers will be more effective on the streets because they have timely access to information, and that makes all our communities safer.”
Both agencies have a longstanding history of partnerships and collaboration, and work has been ongoing on this initiative since May of 2018 when the LPS began work to explore migrating to new a police records management system.
LaSalle Police Acting Chief Duncan Davies stated “We are excited to partner with the Windsor Police Service on this multi-jurisdictional Records Management System that will enhance efficiencies, maximize effectiveness and promote the sharing of timely information with our two closest neighbouring jurisdictions. With a strong presence in Canada, the software will ensure that members of the LaSalle Police Service continue to fulfil our mission, goals and objectives through the use of proven ultra-modern technology and equipment well into the future.”
LaSalle officers have been training on the new system over the last several months and as of Tuesday, May 18th, they have begun using it to document police occurrences that take place within the Town of LaSalle.