Paid duty Police paid duties on rise
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.