McMaster University Security Service
employs Special Constables
. Special Constables are not police officers as stated in section 53 of the Police Services Act
of Ontario. However Special Constables do hold the authority of a police officer when working within their approved area or boundaries.McMaster University
employs 20 Special Constables who are sworn Peace Officers
and possess all the power of a municipal police officer
. The Constables are sworn in through the Hamilton Police Services Board, after being approved by the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
The department also employs a number of civilians including dispatchers and administrative support personnel. In the spring of 2005, McMaster Security (Special Constable) Services merged with the Parking Services Department to streamline costs.
McMaster Special Constables are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are supervised by Sergeants, an Operations Manager (Staff Sergeant) as well as a Director, all are Peace Officers as well. McMaster Officers do not carry a firearm
. McMaster University is one of only two universities in Ontario where special constables carry both an expandable baton and pepper spray
for both their safety and the public's protection.
McMaster Constables Patrol the 300 acre (121 hectare) campus year-round by foot, bicycle and vehicle.
McMaster Constables are responsible for the preservation of life and property of the 30,000 full and... Read More