Trends in Off Duty Work: Challenges & Considerations

Trends in Off Duty Work: Challenges & Considerations
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-09-04
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Trends in Off Duty Work
Unit 2 Workbook: Trends in Off Duty Work
Unit 3 Recording: Trends in Off Duty Work

Law enforcement is an elite profession that comes with specific skills and training. These are in demand for private establishments that desire to have a certain level of expertise in the security services they utilize. Law enforcement officers are taking off-duty work to supply this demand to these businesses and likewise augment their livelihood. But the set-up is not one without hiccups with challenges stemming from the different actors involved in the arrangement.

Athos Group specializes in providing off-duty law enforcement officers to major corporations, and this session’s presenter is Jeff Sweetin, Athos Group’s Chief Operating Officer. Jeff served in local and federal law enforcement for thirty years and also worked in leadership positions for multinational corporations.

On this webinar, Jeff will talk about the huge yet rarely talked about market for off-duty officers and its intricacies. Details discussed include:

  • Jeff’s experience as different actors in the off-duty officers market.
  • The vague history and massive extent of the practice, and the factors that affect it.
  • The benefits of law enforcement officers performing off-duty work to the community, the company and the officers themselves.
  • How the agency’s level of supervision when it comes to assigning off-duty work to their officers impact the practice.
  • The different parties that play a critical role in the off-duty work allocation.
  • Trends and challenges observed among the key players.
    • The law enforcement agency
      • Issues on supervision and policy enforcement that might conflict with the off-duty work.
      • The importance of transparency and reporting to diffuse public criticism.
      • The conflict in prioritization between on-duty and off-duty work, and the tendency to have blinders in which officers avoid taking calls at the last hours of the shift to make way for off-duty work.
      • Income disparity between officers and between on-duty and off-duty work.
      • Liability protection and other safety precautions on the officers’ part.
      • Fiscal issues concerning return on investment in training and equipment, and retirement computation that become muddled because of off-duty work.
    • Client
      • Payment methods and ease of payment between client and officers.
      • Coordinating assignment details and ensuring officer safety during assignments.
      • The demand versus the actual officers available to provide off-duty work.
      • Dealing with reliability and complaints on the officer.
      • Officers being caught between enforcing the law and acting as a company’s employee.
    • Off-duty officer
      • The various licenses and certifications required.
      • The regularity and accessibility of payment from the client.
      • Fairness in off-duty work allocation and subordinate management.
      • Issues on employment status, liability, authority, and income reporting.
      • The officer’s wellness.
    • Coordinators
      • Dealing with restrictive policies, transparency measures, and union rules.
      • Logistics involved in coordinating with clients and service providers.
    • Service providers
      • Licensing, regulation, and operation under the Department of Labor guidelines.
      • The money float when clients do not release payments on time.
    • The recommended characteristics of an off-duty program that ensures centralized management, competitiveness, fairness in assignments and payments through the use of existing technology.
    • Questions during the Q&A touched on topics like:
      • The demand for off-duty officers.
      • The different types of work that off-duty officers might be assigned to and the limitations.
      • How the agencies recoup the investments on the officers.
      • The types of liability protection that off-duty officers should look into and consider getting.
      • Usage of body-worn cameras and where the camera footage is stored.
      • Considerations that agencies and officers must review before taking on off-duty work.
      • Acquiring off-duty officers to assist in natural disasters and other critical incidents.


Audience Comments

  • “He brought up some interesting points to be considered in supporting off duty assignments.” — Phyllis
  • “I work a lot of overtime … the liabilities section was excellent.” — Cliff
  • “Very good knowledgeable presenter with relevant substance about this market.” — Jackie
  • “Most valuable was the different challenges and benefits for each role in the process. Great info!” — Daniel



** This webinar has been certified by the National Sheriffs' Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units through your POST. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Paid subscribers that attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Sheriffs' Association logo.
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