Hamilton police profit from paid duty

News Apr 05, 2016 by Craig Campbell Stoney Creek News

Hamilton Police Service earned a tidy profit providing paid duty events across the city last year.

According to a year-end report on the paid duties program presented to Hamilton’s police services board March meeting, police were contracted to 1,815 paid duty events. More than 2,000 patrol officers and 740 cruisers were provided to local festivals, parades and other special events at a total cost of more than $2.3-million.

Police recovered $471,648 in additional fees charged by the service, on top of recovering all costs.

“The fee shall be a percentage (currently 15 per cent) of the total amount charged for officers and equipment, as determined by the Police Services Board,” the report states.

This profit from paid duty actually a decrease from the year before.

According to the report, this year’s cost recovery “is a 27.86 per cent decrease from the total 2014 cost recovery collected, which was $611,436.56.”

The report did not state the total paid duty costs from 2014. It was provided as an information report, and no member of the board commented on, or asked any questions about the report.

According to the report, event organizers may hire off duty police officers for dances, parades, festivals, sporting events and other duties that are outside of regular patrol. The officers provide security, vehicle or pedestrian control.

Hamilton police profit from paid duty

News Apr 05, 2016 by Craig Campbell Stoney Creek News

Hamilton Police Service earned a tidy profit providing paid duty events across the city last year.

According to a year-end report on the paid duties program presented to Hamilton’s police services board March meeting, police were contracted to 1,815 paid duty events. More than 2,000 patrol officers and 740 cruisers were provided to local festivals, parades and other special events at a total cost of more than $2.3-million.

Police recovered $471,648 in additional fees charged by the service, on top of recovering all costs.

“The fee shall be a percentage (currently 15 per cent) of the total amount charged for officers and equipment, as determined by the Police Services Board,” the report states.

This profit from paid duty actually a decrease from the year before.

According to the report, this year’s cost recovery “is a 27.86 per cent decrease from the total 2014 cost recovery collected, which was $611,436.56.”

The report did not state the total paid duty costs from 2014. It was provided as an information report, and no member of the board commented on, or asked any questions about the report.

According to the report, event organizers may hire off duty police officers for dances, parades, festivals, sporting events and other duties that are outside of regular patrol. The officers provide security, vehicle or pedestrian control.

Hamilton police profit from paid duty

News Apr 05, 2016 by Craig Campbell Stoney Creek News

Hamilton Police Service earned a tidy profit providing paid duty events across the city last year.

According to a year-end report on the paid duties program presented to Hamilton’s police services board March meeting, police were contracted to 1,815 paid duty events. More than 2,000 patrol officers and 740 cruisers were provided to local festivals, parades and other special events at a total cost of more than $2.3-million.

Police recovered $471,648 in additional fees charged by the service, on top of recovering all costs.

“The fee shall be a percentage (currently 15 per cent) of the total amount charged for officers and equipment, as determined by the Police Services Board,” the report states.

This profit from paid duty actually a decrease from the year before.

According to the report, this year’s cost recovery “is a 27.86 per cent decrease from the total 2014 cost recovery collected, which was $611,436.56.”

The report did not state the total paid duty costs from 2014. It was provided as an information report, and no member of the board commented on, or asked any questions about the report.

According to the report, event organizers may hire off duty police officers for dances, parades, festivals, sporting events and other duties that are outside of regular patrol. The officers provide security, vehicle or pedestrian control.