It is quite common throughout Texas to see a uniformed police officer directing traffic at a construction site or providing security at a private business such as a restaurant, a bank, a hospital, or a retail store. Obviously, those are generally not police agency sponsored assignments. Instead, Texas law allows police officers (as is true in most states) to work “extra jobs” for the private sector, most commonly when hired directly by the business entity that requires the police services.
Traditionally, a business entity will encounter a police officer that they then hire during off-duty hours to provide the police services. That officer, typically, will hire some of his or her police friends to assist with filling all of the assigned hours requested by the business. Often, one of the officers is designated as the “coordinator” who, often for a few extra dollars, provides all of the scheduling services to ensure that each requested shift is filled.
This has been the standard practice in Texas (and many other states) for years and years and years. What is missing?
In a word, Insurance. In two words, Liability Reduction. In three words, Reduced Administrative Costs.