The Portland Police Bureau / City of Portland facilitates secondary employment opportunities for off-duty police officers on a routine basis, with the goal being that privately funded events or businesses should fund necessary public safety positions. The Bureau works to decrease dispatched calls for service and save taxpayer money that would be spent providing public safety assistance to for-profit businesses. The Police Bureau works to encourage all private businesses to have the proper security personnel in place for their event or establishment. Examples of past secondary employment opportunities include: working traffic control at large events; Trail Blazer Detail; and department store security.
Currently, the City/Police Bureau receives requests from private businesses who want off-duty officers available at their business or event. The decision to approve this request is made by the Commander of the Precinct in which the business or event resides or will occur. If it is approved, officers can request to be considered for these positions, and can work 20 hours a week additionally at these secondary jobs.
The Portland Police Bureau is in the process of updating its secondary employment policy and would like your feedback:
What kinds of events or businesses do you believe would be appropriate for off-duty officers to fulfill in a secondary employment capacity?
What kinds of events or businesses do you believe would be inappropriate for off-duty officers to fulfill in a secondary employment capacity?