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“The mission of the Windsor Police Service is to prevent and investigate crime, to provide support, and to enforce the law, in partnership with the community.”
From the Windsor Police Service website
 
 

Many members of the African Canadian community in Windsor have served the people of the City of Windsor as police officers. This includes individuals who have broken ground as persons of colour in the field of law enforcement. Profiles of Alton C. Parker and Howard Watkins are available in the Law Enforcement section of this website.

The appointment of first Alton C. Parker, in 1942, and later Howard Watkins in 1949 opened doors for other young men of colour to join the force. Other early members of the Windsor Police Department include:

 
Detective Alton C. Parker
 
Detective Alton C. Parker  photo courtesy of Freida Steele
 

In September of 1942 Alton Parker became the first Black Constable to be employed by the Windsor Police Department In July of 1951 Parker became the first African Canadian to achieve the rank of Detective in Canada.

Detective Alton C. Parker – photo courtesy of Freida Steele

 
Detective Howard Watkins
 
Howard Watkins  photo courtesy of the Windsor Star
 

Howard Watkins joined the Windsor Police Department as a uniformed constable in June of 1948. In 1960 Watkins joined the youth branch of the force and on May 1, 1960 he was made a Detective.

Howard Watkins – photo courtesy of the Windsor Star

 
Constable Kenneth Johnston
 
Constable Kenneth Johnston  photo courtesy of Windsor Public Library (wpl 1-73)
 

Kenneth Johnston joined the Windsor Police Department in 1951. He served as a Constable in the Traffic Division at that time.

Constable Kenneth Johnston – photo courtesy of Windsor Public Library (wpl 1-73)

 
Constable James Allen
 
 A very young Constable James Allen during a police standoff at 356 McDougall St.
 

James Allen attended Patterson Collegiate and while still in high school he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces and remained an active member for over 20 years. Upon completion he joined the Windsor Police Department as a Constable in 1965. He is a graduate of the Ontario Police College. In 1966 he made a career change to become an electrician and later a college instructor.

A very young Constable James Allen during a police standoff at 356 McDougall St.

 
Constable David Brooks
 
Constable David Brooks  Photo Courtesy of Jim Allen
 

David Brooks joined the Windsor Police Department in 1966. He was a Uniformed Patrolman at that time.

Constable David Brooks – Photo Courtesy of Jim Allen

 
Charles Peterson
 
Charles Peterson was employed by the department from 1930 until his retirement on March 31, 1965. He was a member of the Windsor Police Department non-uniformed staff.
 
Timothy Talbot
 
Officer Timothy Talbot  Photo Courtesy of Jim Allen
 

Officer Timothy Talbot – Photo Courtesy of Jim Allen

 
Beth Talbot
 
Jo-Ann Porter
 
For more information please visit the Law Enforcement Section of this website.

 
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