Paid duty Po­lice paid du­ties on rise

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

There was a 13.5 per cent rise in the num­ber of paid du­ties con­tracted to Hamilton po­lice last year. A paid duty is when a po­lice of­fi­cer is hired — at the ex­pense of the event or­ga­nizer — to pro­vide se­cu­rity. Of­fi­cers are hired at ev­ery­thing from fes­ti­vals to sport­ing events. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port be­fore the po­lice board Thurs­day, the ser­vice col­lected $545,526.79 in ad­min­is­tra­tive fees as­so­ci­ated with paid duty in 2016, up from $471,684.14 paid in 2015. Th­ese fig­ures do not in­clude what was paid to the of­fi­cers who worked the paid du­ties. The ad­min­is­tra­tion fee is 15 per cent of the to­tal amount charged. By far the most com­mon paid duty re­quested was se­cu­rity by a pa­trol of­fi­cer — 1,932 times last year. A po­lice cruiser was re­quested 825 times, a po­lice mo­tor­cy­cle 30, and a po­lice boat twice.

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