Frequently Asked Questions About Off Duty Officers


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The following questions are commonly asked regarding requests for phoenix police off-duty officers: 

Q: Does the Phoenix Police Department allow its officers to work off-duty jobs? 
A: Yes, as long as the officers are approved through their Chain of Command.


Q: What types of jobs are Phoenix Police Officers available to work? 
A: Officers can be hired to work various security jobs and traffic control. All requests must be approved by the Department on an individual basis.


Q: How do I know if an off-duty officer is right for my specific need? A: Contacting the Off-Duty Work Detail is the best way to determine if an off-duty officer is right for your specific situation. The Off-Duty Work Detail can be reached at 602-262-7323 or by email at

Q: What is an off-duty coordinator? 
A: An off-duty coordinator is an authorized Phoenix Police or Reserve officer given the responsibility to staff needed positions for the business/vendor or citizen.  They are responsible for billing and negotiating the cost for officers with businesses or citizens and also maintain the records required by the Department. The first step is to contact the Off-Duty Work Detail.  After providing information for the job, approvals by the Department are obtained before the job is assigned a coordinator and the job can be worked.

Q: Can I request a specific coordinator for my off-duty job? 
A: Yes.

Q: How much does it cost to hire an off-duty officer? 
A: Each job has unique characteristics that determine the rate that will be negotiated by the off-duty coordinator and the vendor.  The Phoenix Police Department does not set the rate.

Q: Can I obtain an invoice, contract or do billing through the Phoenix Police Department? 
A: No, The Phoenix Police Department does not take part in setting the rate, any contracts, or billing. Anything to do with money is worked out between you (business/citizen) and the coordinator.


Q: What information do I need to get the process started? 
A: To start the process you will need to provide the following information:
Date(s) Hours officers are needed 
Business name if it applies 
Full mailing address 
Phone number 
Location address where officers are needed 
Number of peak attendees if a security event 
Number of officers requested 
Will alcohol be served? 
Any other information important to the job request. >You may also request a specific officer to coordinate the job at this time or you may allow us to go off of our rotating list of officers we maintain.

Q: Now that I am ready to hire off-duty officers, who do I contact? 
A. Call the Off-Duty Work Detail at 602-262-7323 for assistance or send an email to: 

Q: What do I do if I am calling on a holiday, weekend, or after hours and I need an off-duty officer in an emergency?   
A: You would call the Phoenix Police Information Desk at 602-262-7626 and they will be able to assist you.