Hamilton Police Service
|Hamilton Police Service|
|Official coat of arms granted by Canadian Heraldic Authority|
|Logo of Hamilton Police Service|
|Motto||Excellence in Policing|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Elected officer responsible||The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services|
|Agency executive||Glenn De Caire, Chief of Police|
The Hamilton Police Service, formerly The Hamilton Wentworth Regional Police, is the local police service for the City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. This agency is the primary service charged with the duty of enforcing the Criminal Code of Canada in the City of Hamilton. The organization became a paid service upon incorporation of the City in 1846.
In 2012, the Hamilton Police Service provided policing services to 533,194 residents (GRIDS). They deployed 784 police officers and 281 civilian members and responded to approximately 80,000 calls-for- service. Their operating budget for 2012 was $135,641,540. The current Chief of Police is Glenn De Caire. On November 20, 2009, the Hamilton Police Services Board announced their selection of Glenn De Caire (Staff Superintendent, Toronto Police Service) as Chief-Designate. On December 9, 2009, Chief De Caire was sworn in as the 34th Chief of Police.
Hamilton's current Deputy-Chiefs are: Kenneth Leendertse and Eric Girt
The Forces Superintendents are: Ken Bond, Debbie Clark, Paul Morrison, Mike Shea, Dan Kinsella.
Radio dispatch is supported by the city's Motorola type II analog architecture.
Officers carry a Glock 22 pistol with a 15 round magazine.
Four fatal shootings of civilians have taken place by Hamilton Police officers in the seven years leading up to 2013. Previously, there had been zero shooting fatalities by the service. Despite a declining crime rate in Hamilton there has been a remarkable increase in the use of force by officers.2 These names are documented in the List of killings by law enforcement officers in Canada.
The ACTION Team is made possible through funding obtained from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services under the Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (PAVIS). PAVIS aims to reduce illegal gang, drug and weapons activities in communities by focusing on intervention, prevention, enforcement and community mobilization.
The ACTION Teams consist of teams of officers who are deployed on foot and bicycle patrol. The officers are deployed based on an ongoing analysis of locations, crime trends, and offenders which will ensure that the ACTION Teams are in the right areas at the right times.
Hot spot analysis was used to assist in deployment strategies. Hotspot analysis is a statistical technique used to identify incidents that are concentrated within geographical areas over time. Identifying crime hotspots and analyzing both neighbourhood and crime characteristics within these areas are critical pieces of information for fighting crimes.
The Mounted Patrol Unit (MPU) was formed in September 2009 and consists of five horses and six officers. The priorities of the Mounted Patrol Unit are to heighten the Service’s ability to accomplish:
- crime prevention
- manage entertainment districts
- conduct search and rescue
- provide park and trail safety
- public safety during large scale festivals and events, protests and demonstrations
MPU offers coverage throughout the city of Hamilton with rotating Day, Afternoon and Night Shifts.
HPS patrols from 4 stations:
- Station 10 Central
55 King William Street Box 1060, LCD1 Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8N 4C1
- Station 20 East End
2825 King Street East Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8G 1J6
- Station 30 Mountain
400 Rymal Road East Hamilton, Ontario Canada L9B 1J2
- Station 31 Dundas
2 King Street West, #1 Dundas, Ontario L9H 6Z1 (905) 628-0992
Overall there are 3 divisions and each division has 4 patrol sectors each:
- Division 1
- Sector 1 West Town
- Sector 2 North Town
- Sector 3 Downtown
- Sector 4 South Town
- Division 2
- Sector 1
- Sector 2
- Sector 3
- Sector 4
- Division 3
- Flamborough and Dundas Sector
- West Mountain Sector
- East Mountain Sector
- South Mountain and Glanbrook
- St. Edward's Crown
- ribbon containing the words Hamilton
- banner below with the words Police
- within the ribbon:
- maple leaf - representing Canada
- wreath of golden maple leaves
- waves - representing the connection of the city to Lake Ontario and Hamilton Harbour
- Statutes of Upper Canada, 1833 3° William IV pg. 58-68, Chapter XVII. An act to define the Limits of the Town of Hamilton, in the District of Gore, and to establish a Police and Public Market therein.