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, funeral escorts, 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 8:00 am to 5:00 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 $42.00 an hour. Larger events requiring an acting Sergeant and/or Lieutenant have a slight increase for their rate of pay. Our agency imposes a three-hour minimum of pay for all details except traffic/funeral escorts. For example, if your organization only needed a deputy for 1 ½ hours, the deputy would be paid $105.00 and MCSO would be paid $21.00 for a total of $126.00.

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

  1. Download Contract Business/Individual (PDF),or request via phone the MCSO Off-Duty Employment contract. The contract must be completed & notarized. The contract should be returned to the Off-Duty Unit at least seven(7) days before the event to:
  2. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
    Attn: MCSO Off-Duty Employment Unit
    600 301 Blvd W.
    Ste 202
    Bradenton, Florida 34205

    (You can also fax a copy into the office at 941-744-3797 for requests that require immediate scheduling or email a scanned copy to Please note that applications submitted less than seven days in advance may not be filled. **The original contract would still need to be mailed in. **)

  3. Upon receipt of the contract, the Off-Duty Employment Unit will contact you in order to verify the information and obtain specific details if needed. If you do not hear from a representative of the unit within 24 hrs of faxing or 3 days of mailing the contract, please contact our office.

  4. Once we have scheduled a deputy for your event, an invoice will be generated and sent using the information provided on the invoicing worksheet included with the contract. **Deputies are not permitted to accept payment on-site. All checks must be sent to the above address. **

  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 three 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 June 2015.
  • 3 Hour Minimum -

    A deputy can work less than 3 hours but must be paid for 3 hours.

Position Title

Hourly Rate

Minimum Payment

Deputy $35.00 $105.00
Sergeant (Required for more than 4 Deputies) $38.50 $115.50
Lieutenant (Required for more than 3 Sergeants) $42.00 $126.00
Funeral Escort (2 hr minimum) $35.00 $70.00
Equipment Fee $7.00 $21.00

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

Payment Methods:

  1. Payment shall be submitted 3 days prior to the event to the Off-Duty Unit during staff office hours if any of the following apply:
    1. This is a limited day assignment (less than 3 days and not recurring).
    2. This is an assignment that requires 5 or more deputies.
    3. This is an assignment that requires one or more deputies to work more than 8 hours.
    4. MCSO has notified you that prepayment is required due to factors including but not limited to the duration of the assignment, nature of the assignment or event, EMPLOYER’S past payment history, and any other fact or circumstance MCSO deems relevant.

  2. For recurring assignments, payment shall be made within 30 days of the invoice date. Services will be suspended if payment is not received within 30 days of the invoice date.

  3. If this is not a recurring assignment, payment shall be made within 7 days of the invoice date. Services will be suspended if payment is not received within 7 days of the invoice date.
  4. As referenced above, deputies will receive a minimum payment of three hours pay for any work detail of less than three 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 the MCSO 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 cancelled or changed and the Off-Duty Unit does not confirm notification, then the deputies scheduled for that detail must be paid the 3-hour minimum.

  3. During business hours contact the Off-duty Unit by calling 941-747-3011 x2283 (Monday - Friday 8am-5pm). After hours, contact the on-call Off-Duty Coordinator at 941-737-0671 (Immediate assistance 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.
Ste 202
Bradenton, Florida 34205

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