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Off-Duty Police
Minneapolis Police Officers are available to work off-duty, in an official capacity, as independent contractors for special events.  The contracted person is a Minneapolis Police Officer, a sworn law enforcement employee, who works in full police uniform. Based on resource allocation and priority, they may be able to bring a police car.  Officers have the full authority of a municipal Police Officer and will respond/react to crime as it presents. The work of the off-duty Officer includes public safety, maintaining permit compliance and advising on matters of safety. They remain connected to the larger apparatus of police coverage within the city and can/will call for additional resources as they see fit.

The City of Minneapolis requires event organizers or venue operators to hire off-duty officers as follows:

1.      Type of Event:

A.      Events selling or serving intoxicating beverages for consumption; and/or

B.      Events held in public spaces: sidewalks, streets, parks or public buildings. 

C.      Event organizers may choose to hire off-duty officers to work in their official capacity on private property.

2.      Officer to Attendee Ratio: 

A.      1:500 ratio when intoxicating beverages are served

B.      1:1000 ratio when intoxicating beverages are not served

C.      Additional Officers may be required based on the time of day, critical mass period, threat assessment, talent performing/type of entertainment, proximity to traffic and perimeter traffic impact.

3.      Hiring Guidelines:

A.      When hiring Off-duty Officers, the obligation rests with the event organizer to find and contract the work with a sworn Minneapolis employee. That employee will be referred to as the “Off-duty Police Lead” and can come from any rank of sworn employee. When more than one Officer is hired for a particular event, the event organizer should assign that Off-duty Lead the obligations listed below:

a.      Recruiting the other sworn employees

b.      Determining payment amounts and delivery of checks from the organizer to the hired Officers.

c.       Drafting an Event Action Plan, a traffic management plan and completing other informational obligations the police department assigns.

B.      The Minneapolis Police Department Administration maintains a list of off-duty Police Leads, approval oversight of each job request, and off-duty employment policy guidelines.

C.      The rate of pay is variable and negotiated between the event organizer and the off-duty Police Lead.  The rate may increase by 50% if booking is within a week of the event and an additional  50% higher if booked within three days of the event. The rate includes market pressures and may fluctuate based on many factors.

D.     A three day cancellation notice is required or payment in full is due to the Officers. 

E.      Off-duty Officers contract work for a minimum of six hour blocks and they work in pairs.

F.       There is no guarantee that off-duty Officers can/will be found for the event until booking is made with an off-duty Police Lead.

G.     Payment is made on-site and within 30 minutes of the Officer’s arrival. Failure to pay allows the Officer to leave the site and the event will be required to compensate the Officers for the full amount agreed upon within five business days. If the Officers leave, the event may not continue if the off-duty police were required to be on site as a requirement event permit.

Contact List
Contact the Police Special Event Coordinator Sgt. Mark Klukow at 612-673-3942.

Last updated Oct 31, 2017

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