Hiring Police Officers for Off-Duty Work

The Seattle Police Department allows entities to hire off-duty police officers to provide a variety of safety and security functions at locations throughout the City. If you are interested in requesting off-duty officers the department's preferred method is for interested parties to use the Cops For Hire portal and environment. Simply go to https://copsforhire.com and build a simple employer profile detailing the work you would like done. The department will quickly review and approve requests for qualified work and officers may schedule themselves in accordance with your needs. If you have questions on this or other aspects of hiring Seattle police officers please contact us.

Other parties who can provide the required automated processes for requesting, approving, and scheduling off-duty officers may be listed on this site as well. To do this, the entity must:

  • Offer an automated approval process for the department to approve a potential employer and off-duty jobs;
  • Offer an automated approval process for employees who want to work secondary (off-duty) employment;
  • Allow the department to change the approval status of an employee;
  • Allow employees to request approval to work secondary employment, view job opportunities, sign up for a job, and be notified that they are working a specific job via computer and smart phone;
  • Provide automated workflow for notifying employees that they are working the event and what is required;
  • Offer the ability for employers to provide feedback on officer performance; and
  • Provide a monthly download of hours worked per event and employee. 
     

Additionally, it is desirable for the department to be able to have visibility on work being done by officers in real time. If you have questions on this or other aspects of hiring Seattle police officers please contact us at (888) 322-2342.

Frequently Asked Questions

If an entity wants to employ one or more SPD employees for an appropriate activity that adheres to the department's secondary employment policy, they simply create a customer profile in the CopsForHire environment. After that, they can create individual or ongoing job opportunities. 

Confirmation is a quick process and is typically done within 24 hours. Once a request is approved you receive an e-mail notice of approval.

If an entity wants to employ one or more SPD employees for an appropriate activity that adheres to the department's secondary employment policy, they simply create a customer profile in the CopsForHire environment. After that, they can create individual or ongoing job opportunities. 

No, you need to go back into your profile and complete the remaining required parts of your profile. Once you do this, a request to work secondary employment will go to the department's administrator for approval. Once you have been approved, you may browse approved available jobs and sign up to work.

You may start searching for Jobs in the Marketplace by selecting "Find Jobs" in the main menu. The job opportunities you find have already been approved by the department. Once you are approved to work secondary employment you may sign up to work a job consistent with SPD policies.

Secondary employment operates outside of the department. Payment for secondary employment job opportunities is facilitated through the CopsForHire environment and is between the customer (the entity that offered the work and received the service) and the employee. You are paid directly by the customer and receive payment directly into your account - as established when you set up your employee profile for secondary employment.

Once your Shift is over, you will submit an electronic timecard, and the customer will be immediately notified. Once the Customer approves the timecard, payment is processed within 24 hours and you are paid as described above.  

Payment for secondary employment is made directly by the customer. You will receive a 1099-MISC from the customer if your secondary employment wages amount to $600 or more.

You will receive reminder notifications for an upcoming Shift 48, 24 and 2 hours before the shift begins.  Notifications will be delivered by email and (if enabled in your profile) text messages.

You can search for shifts any time on the CopsForHire Marketplace. All cops in the department with the appropriate qualification are notified if there are unclaimed shifts 24 hours after an event posting.

An Event can take place over one or many days, and include a number of different Jobs for a number of different Cops (for example, a County Fair, which lasts a week).  

A Job starts on a specific date, runs for a specific length of time, requires a specific Job Type, and may require one or many cops (for example, a Job that runs 3pm-12am on September 1st, and requires 3 cops during that period.) 

A Shift is the specific assignment that can be claimed by a single cop. The start time and length of the Shift is dictated by the Job start and end times and the Shift length limit set by the Department.  

If the department has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with another department that allows cops from SPD to work in that jurisdiction (consistent with SPD's policies and procedures), opportunities from the other department will appear when you search for Jobs.

Once your shift is completed, you'll receive a notification that you need to complete a Timecard.  You'll enter in the hours worked, including any notes for if you were called on duty, and submit the Timecard for the customer's approval.

Off Duty Liability Insurance Coverage

In working with CopsForHire you will be afforded insurance coverage that will protect you from claims that arise out of your off-duty work. Insurance will pay those amounts that you may become legally obligated to pay to compensate others for bodily injury, property damage, or personal injury arising out of your wrongful act, which is any negligent act, error, or omission in performing or failing to perform services in which you are contracted to perform.

This coverage is limited to Off-Duty law enforcement activities authorized by Your law enforcement governmental employer which has an approved association with CopsForHire. Off-Duty means those law enforcement activities that the enrolled officer has contracted to perform (unless excluded) and that are scheduled and worked using the CopsForHire Marketplace. Coverage also extends to the hiring entity contracting your services, your law enforcement governmental employer, the city or county which your commission resides, and CopsForHire.

Coverage Limits...............$500,000 / Claim including Defense Expenses


Off Duty Group Accident Coverage


As a benefit of working Off-Duty within the CopsForHire Marketplace, cops are eligible the first day of the month following the completion of their first off-duty shift for the CopsForHire Off-Duty Group Accident Insurance Coverage Plan, which is being provided by Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company.

By completing the enrollment form required by Colonial Life prior to working their first Off-Duty shift scheduled through the CopsForHire Marketplace, the complete coverage plan is offered to cops at no cost to them, their family, or their Department for 12 months. A cops' Off-Duty Group Accident Insurance Coverage Plan participation and coverage will continue uninterrupted, and at no cost, as long as the cop completes at least one Off-Duty shift within the CopsForHire Marketplace within a 12-month period from their first day of eligibility.

You can always contact CopsForHire at info@copsforhire.com. You can also send them a help request from the Marketplace, by selecting the "?" icon in the upper right. Additionally, you can call CopsForHire at (888) 322-2342.