Travis County Sheriff’s Office – Employment of Law Enforcement Officers

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office allows employees who are commissioned peace officers to work in a Secondary Employment “Off Duty” capacity in accordance with Sheriff’s Office policies, state and local laws. Peace Officers engage in Off Duty Employment as independent contractors.

A Travis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy’s primary responsibility while working in an “Off Duty” status, in uniform or in plain clothes, is the enforcement of federal and state laws and county ordinances; to protect life and property and to keep the peace. Deputies engaged in a secondary employment job will not refuse to assist any citizen requesting or needing assistance and can be called away from any secondary employment job if an emergency arises.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office has the right to refuse any request to hire our deputies. All requests are subject to approval. Local background checks are done on individuals requesting to hire deputies for private functions. Because our primary responsibility is to the citizens of Travis County, we cannot guarantee we will be able to fill your request.

Any individual, organization or business submitting an application to hire our deputies is considered a Contractor for the duration of the employment.

Submission of Application:

It is best to submit your application to hire officers as soon as you start planning your event. Below are the time-lines we require to help ensure we can provide adequate security and traffic control needs specific to your request. Urgent requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Under 500 people - Submit application 30 days prior to event.
  • 500 – 1,000 people - Submit application 60 days prior to event.
  • Over 1,000 people, or for foot or bike races - Submit application 90 days prior to event.


It is the responsibility of the Contractor to obtain any permit that is required for their event. Below is a list of entities you can contact to see if a permit will be required. If permits are required for your event, proof of such permits will be required before we will allow our deputies to work.

  • Austin Police Department Special Events Unit 512-974-5032
  • City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department 512-974-6797
  • Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office – Mass Gathering Permit – Fire Codes 512-854-4621
  • Travis County Attorney’s Office Insurance – Use of County Roads 512-854-6492
  • Travis County Transportation & Natural Resources – Traffic Engineering Department 512-854-4215
  • Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) – Use of Right-of-Way Permit 512-416-3196

Peace Officer Coordinator:

Depending on the complexity of your request, a Peace Officer Coordinator may be required. The coordinator will be responsible for scheduling the officers, work as your liaison for our agency, invoice for officers and vehicles. The coordinator may charge a coordinating fee. The fee will be for the total number of hours spent coordinating the job outside of any hours worked, based on the standard hourly rate.

Officer Rates – per officer with a 4-hour minimum for officers:

Standard Rate $40.00 per hour
Police Bicycle Certified Officer $43.00 per hour
Rate when Request Received with Less than 48-Business Hours’ Notice $50.00 per hour
Supervisors, when Request Requires a Supervisor $50.00 per hour
Holiday Rate $60.00 per hour
Specialized Trained Officer - for Dignitary Protection Type Jobs $60.00 per hour
Officer Coordinator, when Job Complexity Requires an Officer to Coordinate Request $40.00 per hour – No minimum (outside of any hours worked on job.)
Vehicle Rate – when a patrol unit is needed/required. $20 per hour with a 2-hour minimum.

Traffic Control:

Our deputies have taken the mandatory FHWA-NHI training for construction work zones.  Our deputies follow the guidelines of the Texas Department of Transportation.  To hire our officers for traffic control jobs, the Vehicle User Agreement is required to be completed.


To hire our deputies you must complete the Application for Secondary Employment of Law Enforcement  AND the Liability Agreement.

If you have any questions please contact our Off Duty Facilitator at 512-854-7271 or by email,

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