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Extra Duty Employment of Police Officers

Extra duty officers are off duty officers that are requested to assist businesses, organizations, or neighborhood associations with security and/or traffic control.  If you are in need to hiring officers for an event, function, or other reason, please read the following:

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.  What types of organizations or events are allowed to hire extra duty officers?

Answer:  Any event or organization that is approved by the Chief of Police is permitted to hire extra duty officers.

2.  How many officers am I required to hire, or how many do I need to hire?

Answer:  After submitting your request for officers, and speaking with the extra duty coordinator, a determination of how many officers will be recommended by the Chief of Police.
 
3.  What is the pay rate for Extra Duty officers?

Answer:  The hourly rate is based on whether the request is for an officer to conduct general security, or if traffic control is required.  A minimum of four (4) hours is required.  General Security is $25/hr, Traffic Control (low impact or pedestrian) $30/hr, Traffic Control (high impact) Holiday Security or Traffic Control $40/hr, Movie Production $40/hr, and Road Construction $40/hr.

4.  How do I request an extra duty officer?

Answer:  Businesses, organizations, or neighborhood associations who would like to request off duty officers to assist them with traffic control or general security will need to fill out the attached form (click here for the Extra Duty Vendor Permit Form). The form may be delivered to the police department, or picked up by an officer at your convenience.

If you have any questions regarding extra duty officers, please feel free to contact our Extra Duty Coordinator Lt. Mark Brown at , or call 770-487-8866.

Factors that Determine the Number of Officers Need for an Event:

Special events are important to local governments for many reasons, including the public enjoyment, a sense of community, and revenue for local businesses. Effective security and traffic control is a critical feature of these events. The Police Department is responsible for receiving, evaluating, recommending, and providing security and traffic services for all organized events within the City.

Police Officers are also available to provide traffic control on public streets for events that draw additional vehicular, bicycle, parking, and pedestrian traffic. Police officers are limited to performing only law enforcement related functions at your event. Some specific duties that police officers are prohibited from performing include:

1. Ticket taking or seat ushering;
2. Carding or identifying individuals to determine their status and right to attend the event;
3. Collection of any money;
4. Parking assistance in parking lots or reserving parking for event staff or visitors;
5. Enforcement of management rules. Officers will only assist in the event that event coordinator requests the removal of a person.

In addition to being able to provide police officers for special events, the department is equipped with an Auxiliary Police Force. The Peachtree City Auxiliary Police Force is a volunteer organization of well-trained civilians who work hand and hand with police officers providing services similar to what a security guard is capable of doing for your event with the added benefit of having direct radio access to the Police Department. The Auxiliary Police Force can provide security for an event in which physical intervention may be required such as large gatherings.

Peachtree City Auxiliary Police Force can provide a security presence to protect such things as equipment, displays, and facilities. They wear distinct uniforms, carry police radios, and have similarly equipped patrol vehicles. The Police Auxiliary is trained in Police Department policies, and will notify the Peachtree City Police in the event that police services are required. A few of the services that the Police Auxiliary can perform at your Special Event include:

1. Traffic control: limited to the closing of streets and parking lot areas. Auxiliary Police officers are often utilized to supplement police officers at intersections requiring 2 or more police officers.

2. General Security: provide for a general visual deterrent.

Auxiliary Police Officers:

Auxiliary Police Officers customarily receive a donation of $150.00 per event. A donation is not required, but is appreciated as it allows the Auxiliary Police to support the department on all areas of mutual concern. The Peachtree City Police Department Auxiliary Force is a not for profit organization which provides support to numerous organizations within the department that support the community. Any use of or donation to the Auxiliary Police is tax deductible.

Thorough research and planning substantially reduces unsafe conditions and unnecessary expenditures at special events. This occurs when the event requires services beyond the capabilities of the normal police patrol shift. The police department will base the need for Police Officers and Auxiliary Police Officers by employing a special events risk factors and staff matrix, and after consultation with the Chief of Police. For this reason, it is critical for event organizers to disclose all known risk factors to the Peachtree City Police during the planning stage of the event. Negligent or intentional omissions or disclosures of information that negatively impacts safety will result in re-calculation of increased security cost necessary to protect life and the Police Department generally looks at special events at three different risk levels. Those levels are identified as low, medium, and high. Each event has factors attached that may increase or decrease the risk level which affect staffing.

Although you can request a Police Officer, in order to ensure the safety of Peachtree City Police and your event attendees, the Police Department reserves the right to make the ultimate determination on the number of personnel assigned to your event. For example, a minimum of two officers are required for any event needing police services where alcohol is being served. If your event requires four police officers, a supervisor will be assigned to the event.

The Chief of Police makes the final determination of the number of officers needed for an event to ensure safety and security