Windsor Police Inspector demoted for discreditable conduct

Windsor Police Service News Update
February 12, 2024

Windsor Police Inspector demoted for discreditable conduct

A senior member of the Windsor Police Service has been temporarily demoted after pleading guilty to one count of discreditable conduct under the Ontario Police Services Act.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Inspector Ed Armstrong engaged in acts of unprofessional conduct toward female Windsor Police Service members between 2005 and 2023. The conduct included unwanted comments and text messages, sometimes of a sexual nature, as well as unwanted interactions with female coworkers.

The behaviour breached Windsor Police Service policy which prohibits members from engaging in conduct that is, or may be interpreted to be, harassing in nature.

As a result, Inspector Armstrong will be demoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant for a period of one year and will be required to complete relevant training, conducted by a qualified employment law firm, within the next three months. 

The order takes effect immediately. 

“Inspector Armstrong’s misconduct is a serious matter that involved a pattern of intentional conduct,” said Karel DeGraaf, Acting Deputy Chief, Operational Support. “Our members are expected to conduct themselves professionally and in accordance with Windsor Police policies and directives at all times. Inspector Armstrong’s conduct fell below this standard.”

The allegations of misconduct originally surfaced last year. An investigation was subsequently conducted by Peel Regional Police to ensure transparency and impartiality. 

Inspector Armstrong, a 25-year police veteran, has no previous record of formal discipline. 
For further information:
Contact the WPS Corporate Communication Unit's Public Information Officer at (519) 255-6700 ext. 4441.

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