Secondary Employment Information
The Durham Police Department has off-duty officers available for hire through a secondary employment program. These officers can work to control crowds or traffic, prevent crime or protect your business from robberies and shoplifting.
What Do I Get When Hiring an Off-duty Durham Police Officer?
- State-certified, experienced and fully trained Law Enforcement (LE) Officer who is authorized to:
- Enforce North Carolina State Laws and Durham City Ordinances
- Direct traffic and perform other duties related to his / her position as a LE Officer
- Wear his / her full police duty uniform with duty equipment (firearm, radio, etc)
- Provide a visible, uniformed security presence
- On some occasions, a Police Department vehicle may be available for the off-duty officer’s use
- Limited Workman’s Compensation and Civil Liability - The City of Durham covers off-duty officers when the incident or injury is directly related to the arrest of subject for a violation of criminal law or the officer is engaged in another duty that is unique to the law enforcement profession
- Regular assignments are billed at $35 per officer per hour and $40 per supervisor per hour.
- The rate is $45 per officer per hour on City holidays.
- Emergency or last-minute assignments may incur a higher rate (normally, any requests received within 48 hours of the start time for the off-duty assignment will incur a $45 per hour rate)
- The Durham Police Department may require that a minimum number of officers be hired to perform a certain off-duty job function. Some examples of factors that may affect the number of officers needed for various events are the presence of large crowds or the use / availability of alcohol. For large numbers of officers (more than 4 officers) hired for a single event, supervisors are required to be hired as well at a pay rate higher than the standard hourly rate (normally about $5 more per hour than the standard hourly rate)
- There is a minimum of 3 hours paid for any assignment, no matter how long it actually takes
- All job requests will be reviewed by the secondary employment coordinator on a case-by-case basis. Some jobs may be of such a nature that Durham police officers will not be permitted to work (such as “private investigator” activities, etc.)
Certain other regulations and rules apply. For information, or to hire off-duty officers, contact the secondary employment coordinator for the Durham Police Department.