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Secondary Employment of Law Enforcement

The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) 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 BCSO Deputy’s primary responsibility while working in an off-duty status, 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.

BCSO 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 Burnet County, we cannot guarantee we will be able to fulfill 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 timelines 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/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.

Peace Officer Contract 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 with our agency and 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.

Peace Officer Rates (4 hour minimum)

General Security$45/hour
Long Term Contracts
(Request received less than 48 business hours prior)
Emergency Situations
(Request received less than 48 business hours prior)
(When required determined by complexity of request)
Holiday or Specially Trained Officers$55/hour
Peace Officer Contract Coordinator
(Outside any hours worked on the job)
Vehicle Rate
(When a patrol unit is needed/required – 4 hour minimum)


To hire Off-Duty Deputies, you MUST complete BOTH the Application for Secondary Employment of Law Enforcement and the Liability Agreement.

In addition, if you need a vehicle at your event, you MUST complete the Vehicle User Agreement. *Our deputies have/will take the mandatory FHWA-NHI training for construction work zones. Our deputies follow the guidelines of the Texas Department of Transportation.

Email your Application and required forms to the Side Job Manager, Deputy Scott Orrison If you have any questions, please contact the Side Job Manager Deputy Scott Orrison at 512-756-8080 or email at

Secondary Employment Forms

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