Off Duty Employment

Off-Duty Employment of Deputies Contract

As established by Florida Statute Title V Chapter 30.2905 (Florida Senate - Statutes), deputies are available for private hire during their off-duty hours at the request of citizens, organizations and businesses. Deputies can assist the community by providing security, crowd control, uniformed law-enforcement presence, or traffic control in an off-duty capacity for private functions, social events, store sales events, parades, civic celebrations, job safety, construction, etc.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has established the Off-Duty Employment Unit to coordinate these requests. The Off-Duty Unit is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. The unit can be reached by calling 941-747-3011 extension 2283 or emailing to Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies do not set up their own off duty jobs, and services provided by MCSO deputies must be within the MCSO jurisdiction.

Currently the MCSO rate for off duty employment is $45.00 an hour per deputy. Larger events requiring an acting Sergeant and/or Lieutenant have a slight increase for their rate of pay. Our agency imposes a four-hour minimum of pay for all details except traffic escorts. For example, if your organization only needed a deputy for 1 ½ hours, a total of $180.00 would be made payable to MCSO

The procedure for hiring an Off-duty deputy is as follows:

  1. Request via email or phone a new MCSO Off‐Duty Employment contract. Click here to email
  2. You will receive an email with the contract which is electronic may be completed online using a computer or mobile device. The contract must be completed and signed at least seven days before the event. Completing the contract does not guarantee deputy coverage due to the voluntary nature of our off‐duty employment program.
    **Email is preferred; however, if you do not have access to email—contact the off‐duty unit via phone (941) 747‐3011 x2283 to request a paper or facsimile copy of the contract**
  3. Upon receipt of the contract, the Off‐Duty Employment Unit will contact you in order to verify the information and obtain more specific details if needed. If you do not hear from a representative of the unit within 24 hrs of signing the contract, please contact our office.
  4. An invoice for prepayment of services will be generated once the job has been approved for scheduling. Services must be paid for in advance – any refunds that may be necessary, will be issued after the event has passed.
  5. Any changes or cancellations must be confirmed with a representative of the Off‐Duty Unit in order not to be responsible for payment. A four hour minimum will be charged if proper notification is not made.

Rates for Service:

  • Manatee County Sheriff's Office Off-Duty Employment Rates.
  • Rates are current as of July 30, 2019.
  • 4 Hour Minimum - A deputy can work less than 4 hours but must be paid for 4 hours.

Position Title Hourly Rate Minimum Payment
Deputy $45.00 $180.00
Holiday $55.00 $220.00
Sergeant (may be required if more than 4 Deputies are requested) $49.00 $196.00
Lieutenant (may be required if more than 3 Sergeants are requested) $54.00 $216.00
Traffic Escort (2 hr minimum, 2 deputy minimum) $45.00 $180.00

Holiday Rate Schedule:

Memorial Day – 12:00am-12:00am (0001-2359)
Independence Day – 12:00am-12:00am (0001-2359)
Halloween – 4:00pm-12:00am (1600-2359)
Thanksgiving Day – 12:00am-12:00am (0001-2359)
Christmas Day – 12:00am-12:00am (0001-2359)
New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Morning – 4:00pm-4:00am (1600-0400)

**All contracts will be approved through management to ensure proper staffing. **

Payment Methods:

  1. Payments shall be made payable to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
  2. Prepayment is required for all services. Payment must be in the form of check, money order, cashier’s check, or credit/debit online via GovPayNet (service fees apply). Cash will NOT be accepted. Prepay here at
  3. As referenced above, deputies will receive a minimum payment of four hours pay for any work detail of less than four hours duration.

NOTE: Non-compliance with the payment policy, without prior arrangements through the Off-Duty office, will result in agency-initiated cancellation of the contract. Further off-duty employment will be suspended pending settlement of the account and/or civil proceedings.

Staffing Requirements:

  • If management determines that the size of the event warrants, or that deputy safety is an issue, extra deputies will be required.


  1. Cancellations must be confirmed at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled detail. If the detail is canceled or changed and the Off-Duty Unit does not confirm notification, then the deputies scheduled for that detail must be paid the 4-hour minimum.
  2. During business hours contact the Off-duty Unit by calling 941-747-3011 x2283 (Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm). After hours, contact the on-call Off-Duty Coordinator at 941-737-0671 (Emergencies only).

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the employer to notify the Off-duty Unit if the business or organization will be closed for a holiday or for any other purpose when off duty deputies are normally scheduled. If employer fails to notify the Off-duty Unit that deputies are not needed that day, the normal minimum charges for the assignment will apply.

MCSO reserves the right to cancel off-duty work assignments without notice, and to recall employees for official duty when necessary for community safety.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Off-Duty Employment Unit
600 301 Blvd W. Suite 202
Bradenton, Florida 34205

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