Hiring an Off-Duty Officer


 Yuma off-duty police officers can be hired by the public to perform security and traffic control services. Officers are often hired by schools, businesses, civic and charitable organizations, or other contractors or brokerage firms for the performance of duties similar to their City position (police capacity).

**The Yuma Police Department (YPD) will not provide security to any establishment whose primary purpose and source of income is liquor sales.  Any security request where liquor sales are involved requires two officers at minimum and must provide a description of expected job duties to be performed by the YPD employees. 

**Events where there is to be a large gathering of people requires two or more officers depending on the event.   

1.  The YPD Officer’s acceptance of employment is conditioned upon approval of the Chief of Police. 

2.  Emergency Activation.  When public safety is a concern, the Chief of Police or his designee reserves the right to adjust the staffing and duties of the officers.  All YPD employees stationed at temporary work sites pursuant to this agreement are subject to mobilization by YPD in the event of an emergency, or pursuant to YPD bona fide staffing needs. The YPD reserves the right to cancel or terminate any Off-Duty work agreement or engagement in emergency and other situations as determined by the Chief of Police or designee. 

3.  Inspection.  YPD Officer’s working conditions and demeanor are subject to onsite inspection and review by the Yuma Police Department. 

4.  Late Request Fee.  The YPD requires a minimum of three (3) business day’s prior notice for job requests to be staffed unless exigent circumstances exist.  All required information must be received by the YPD Off-Duty Hiring Coordinator prior to assigning officers to the job. If the Department receives less than three (3) business days’ notice to fill an assignment, officers/supervisors will receive an increased pay rate equal to one and one half (1 ½) times the regular rate. 

5.  Insurance Requirements.  YPD Officers are considered to be employees of the Contractor for the purposes of the Arizona Worker’s Compensation Laws and any injuries resulting from such employment shall be the responsibility of the named temporary employer.  The Contractor must purchase and maintain the insurance required by this Agreement, as evidenced by a certificate of Insurance, prior to the commencement of any YPD staffing at any temporary work site. 

The Certificate of Insurance must be completed and filed with the YPD Off-Duty Coordinator prior to the commencement of any temporary staffing under this Agreement.   The Certificate of Insurance must clearly List the City of Yuma as Certificate Holder and Additional Insured and must at minimum, provide for the following levels of insurance coverage.

      •   Maintain “occurrence” form Commercial General Liability Insurance with a limit of not less than $1,000,000 for each occurrence, $1,000,000 Products and Completed Operations Annual Aggregate, and a $1,000,000 General Aggregate limit. The policy must cover liability arising from premises, operations, independent contractors, products-completed operations, personal injury and contractual liability for the liability assumed under this Agreement.

      •  Include false arrest, false imprisonment, violation of civil rights and libel and slander.•  Be completed and filed with the YPD Off-Duty Work Coordinator prior to the commencement of any temporary staffing under this Agreement. Additionally, the above listed temporary employer shall maintain Statutory Workers Compensation Insurance and Employers’ Liability Insurance of $100,000 each accident, $100,000 each disease, and $500,000 policy limit. 

7.  Fee Schedule.  The fee for Off Duty YPD Officers will be according to the following schedule and stipulations: 

      • Patrol Support Officer   $40.00/hour  (Non-Sworn)

      • Officer                                     $40.00/hour  (Sworn)

      • Sergeant                                 $45.00/hour  (If acting in supervisory capacity)

      • Commander                           $50.00/hour  (If acting in supervisory capacity)

(Should five (5) or more officers, constituting a squad, be required, a sergeant will be required.  Should three (3) or more squads be required, a commander will be required.) 

      • Holiday pay rate for all above time and one half of regular off-duty rate(The following holidays are recognized as eligible for holiday pay rate:  New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Overnight shifts starting or ending on a holiday will be billed at the holiday pay rate.) 

8.  Minimum Fee.  All jobs have a three (3) hour minimum.  If cancellation is necessary, notification must be made one (l) business day prior to the job or a three (3) hour minimum will be charged per officer.  

9.   Vehicles.  In certain situations, such as traffic control for roadway construction, fully marked patrol units may be requested or determined to be necessary for the safety of all the parties.  These will be billed separately at a rate of $10.00 per hour per vehicle used.   

10.  Payment. YPD employees will be paid directly by the contractor.  Vehicle payments will be made to the City of Yuma.    Contact information for billing will be required prior to start of service. 

11. Criminal Prosecution.  The Contractor must cooperate fully in the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of person involved in any crime that occurs at any temporary work site while staffed by a YPD off-duty employee pursuant to this agreement.  Officers working off-duty employment will contact local jurisdictional law enforcement to continue the reporting and arrest processes resulting from this temporary employment. 

12.  Prohibited employment.  The primary concerns of the Yuma Police Department regarding officers working Off-Duty are protecting the employee from hazards that may result directly or indirectly by the employment, conflicts of interest that may arise from the employment, liability and risk management concerns, and providing a professional service to the community. 

In response to these concerns, the YPD prohibits officers from working Off-Duty in the following situations: 

    a.  Where the principal business is gambling or the sale and/or consumptionof alcoholic beverages.

     Exceptions include:

  1. Businesses where the cocktail lounge or gambling is a secondary service (e.g., hotels, bowling alleys);
  2. Gatherings where liquor is sold under the authority of a banquet permit.

    b.   Where the employer is involved in a labor or civil dispute.

    c.    In the capacity of a police officer for any other law enforcement/criminal       justice agency.

    d.    In any capacity for a private security agency or merchant patrol.

    e.    In investigative work of any kind, excluding officers who are recognized       by the court as “expert witnesses.”

    f.    Where the employer is any business associated with:

  • Civil Process service
  • Repossessions
  • Bail bond
  • Ambulance service
  • Vehicle Towing Service
  • Police/uniform equipment suppliers
  • Dating services
  • Massage parlors
  • Topless entertainment, adult only services/activities, or other Vice related occupations.

    g.   Acting in any capacity that assists in investigation, case preparation, presentation, or testimony involving:

  • Criminal cases or civil cases until any related criminal charges have been adjudicated.
  • Civil cases in which a political division or subdivision of the state of Arizona (i.e., county, city, agency, board, etc.) is or could be a defendant.
  • Cases where another Yuma Police Department officer may or will be called as a fact witness.
  • Cases inside of unincorporated Yuma County and to areas inside of Yuma Police Department jurisdiction.
  • Any case in which he or she was involved in any official capacity.
  • The use of County/Department resources, including time, equipment, services, or information.
  • The representation of himself or herself in any official capacity. 

    h.   Any employer the Chief of Police deems inappropriate for members to work.

    i.    Where the employer restricts the employee from performing his/her duty as a Yuma Police Officer, or where a uniformed officer is required to perform non-police related work.

    j.    At locations where the employer will not hire an adequate number of officers or establish adequate security measures to safely handle the assignment.

    k.    When risks or insurance matters have not been adequately addressed.

    l.    When officers are requested for locations outside the City Limits, the request will be evaluated by the YPD Off Duty Employment Coordinator to determine the appropriateness of YPD employees fulfilling the request. 

The person responsible for payment herein and the Contractor receiving the services identified above, shall indemnify, defend, release and hold harmless the City of Yuma, the Yuma Police Department, and their officers, agents, employees and officials from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including attorney fees, arising out of performance of services under this agreement. 

    A.    The Yuma Police Department reserves the right to increase the Off Duty Rate of pay upon a 30 day written notice to all vendors. 

    B.    Vendors who do not agree with the rate change can cancel the Agreement, upon written notice, within 14 days of receipt of the written notice of rate increase. 

To fill out an application for an Off-Duty Officer click here.