Hamilton Police Service enlists the assistance of volunteers in a variety of roles throughout the service. These individuals provide an important link to the community, enhance the work of our members and often serve as a point of contact between Hamilton residents and our police service.

Learn more about the volunteer roles at Hamilton Police Service.

Hamilton Police Service Auxiliary Unit is part of an international award-winning branch of the Hamilton Police Service, and is made up of civilian volunteers who assist police constables in the course of their duties. As a Hamilton Police auxiliary member, you will serve in uniform and will be called upon to perform tasks such as community-based crime prevention, traffic control, or patrol duties in community events like parades and fairs, while working towards achieving your professional goals. Many auxiliary members have gone on to become police officers within the service.

  • Auxiliary Members are required to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours of duty per month.
  • Typical shifts range anywhere from 4 to 12 hours, including weekends and statutory holidays.
  • Attendance at professional development training is mandatory.
  • Must be prepared to make a two-year commitment from the time training ends (Note: You are permitted to enter into the application process for Police Constable during this time).
  • Gain experience and skills in a policing environment
  • Make a valuable contribution to our community and its members
  • Invitation to the Annual HPS Volunteer Appreciation event and National Police Memorial
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Submit to police records background security check.
  • Attend an in-person interview.
  • Commit to a minimum of 12 hours per month during various hours from Monday to Saturday

Auxiliary job postings are posted on the City of Hamilton website several times throughout the year, depending on vacancies. 

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Our vision is to be a trusted partner in delivering public safety. Strengthening our partnerships with the community is important to preventing crime, improving communications, refining training and engaging in outreach. We have created a number of advisory committees that act as resources to Hamilton Police and meet several times a year.

If you are interested in joining, please call the numbers listed below:

  • Chief’s Citizen Advisory Committee - 905-546-4707
  • Central Superintendent’s Advisory Committee - 905-546-4945
  • East End Superintendent’s Advisory Committee - 905-546-2901
  • Mountain Superintendent’s Advisory Committee - 905-546-3804

Hamilton Police believe strongly in community policing – a philosophy that promotes working closely with members of the public to address problems or needs within the community. Volunteers working in crime prevention carry out a variety of functions within the organization, including the following:

  • Assisting with various community events
  • Engaging in traffic safety initiatives
  • Assisting with various administrative tasks in a variety of units
  • Assisting with specialty units such as the Mounted Patrol unit
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Submit to police records background security check.
  • Attend an in-person interview.
  • Commit to a minimum of 12 hours per month during various hours from Monday to Saturday

Individuals interested in applying for a position can download the application and email it to:

Laurie Porthouse at lporthouse@hamiltonpolice.on.ca

Our volunteers have a very important role in providing emotional support for victims of crime and trauma. Volunteers are not professional counsellors or therapists. They are community minded citizens who are excellent listeners and are both compassionate and empathetic. Volunteers receive an extensive training program followed by ongoing professional development training.

  • One year from the time training ends
  • At least four 7.5 to 8.5 hours on-call shifts a month
  • Mandatory professional development training
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Submit to police records background security check.
  • Attend an in-person interview.
  • Commit to a minimum of 40 hours per month during various hours from Monday to Saturday

Victim Service postings are posted on the City of Hamilton website in September. 

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If you have questions about becoming a Victim Services Volunteer, please contact us at vsbrecruiting@hamiltonpolice.on.ca