title="When can I enter the Promotional Process?"
You can enter the Promotional Process after achieving two (2) years service with the Hamilton Police Service, as long as your total continuous and cumulative police service is five (5) years or greater.
Am I eligible to take annual leave during my first year?
You are not eligible to sign for annual leave in the calendar year in which you become a member of the Hamilton Police Service.
(a) join in February 2014 – eligibility commences January 2015
(b) join in December 2014 – eligibility commences January 2015
Will the fact that I have successfully passed the OPC Promotional Exam with my previous police service be accepted by Hamilton Police Service?
Yes. If you obtained an overall average mark of 70% or higher on the OPC Promotional Exam it can be accepted.
When can I apply for a Career Development position?
You are eligible to apply to any posted Career Development position that is open to any other Member of the same rank. Detective Constable positions that require you to be qualified to the rank of Sergeant will not be available to you until you have completed two (2) years service with the Hamilton Police Service and have successfully passed the Ontario Police College (OPC) Promotional Exam.
When can I eligible for performance pay?
A Member must have completed a minimum of eight (8) years of continuous, unbroken service as a police officer with the Hamilton Police Service to qualify for the 1st level of performance pay.
How many weeks of vacation time will I get?
For the purposes of annual leave entitlement, seniority will be based on continuous cumulative police service, including prior service from other police services if the following conditions are met:
- The service must be continuous, unbroken police service;
- The Member must provide proof of prior service from their prior Service and submit this to Human Resources.
Seniority for the purposes of annual leave signing will be calculated based on seniority only with the Hamilton Police Service.
What if I get sick?
Sick days are accumulated at a rate of 1.5 days per unbroken month of service. You must have nine (9) days in the “sick bank” before you are eligible to take a paid sick day. At the rate of 1.5 days per month, it will take six (6) months to accumulate nine (9) days.
When am I eligible to become an Acting Sergeant?
You will be eligible to become an Acting Sergeant upon completing two (2) years of service with the Hamilton Police Service and having successfully passed the OPC Promotional Exam.
Do you accept lateral transfer officers higher than the rank of 1st Class Constable?
Presently we do not pay lateral transfer officers higher that the 1st Class Constable rate. Therefore, if you are a Sergeant with your current Service your would be given the rank of 1st Class Constable with our Service and receive the corresponding rate of pay.
Am I exempt from the two year waiting period to apply for a Detective Constable or Acting Sergeant position if I have previous sworn service with the Hamilton Police Service?
You will still have to wait the two year period should you have prior sworn service with Hamilton Police Service.
When can I write the OPC Promotional Exam?
You are eligible to write the OPC Promotional Exam in your fifth year of continuous, cumulative sworn police service.
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