Off Duty Police Officer Work Request

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Officers employed by the City of West Des Moines are available to work assignments for members of the public and organizations as needed for security and other purposes. To request an officer, please fill out this form and verify that the requirements for hiring an officer will be met prior to the work being available for assignment to officers. Listed below are the requirements set by the City of West Des Moines (the City) and the West Des Moines Police Benevolent Association (WDMPBA) for employment of off-duty officers.

The following information from all prospective employers shall be on file with the City at all times and shall be reviewed annually:

  • Long-term or continuous employers need only complete this form and provide proof of insurance coverage once a year.
  • Each officer shall be paid $40 per hour with a three hour minimum for the job as set forth by the WDMPBA.
  • Officers performing off-duty work during any of the below listed holidays will be compensated at $60 per hour for the entire job: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Friday following Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.  
  • Payment is expected at completion of the job or assignment unless arrangements are made with the officer(s) prior to the start of the job.
  • If a prospective employer cancels the job within the 72 hour bumping deadline, they will be responsible for a three hour minimum pay out to each off-duty position requested. The 72 hour period is considered to start at noon on the third day preceding the job.
  • Once off-duty officers show up at an off-duty job, they will be paid for the entire contracted time.
  • Officers will not be allowed or expected to participate in any activity which is not security or police related.
  • If a particular job cannot be filled by a West Des Moines police officer, the job may be offered to officers of neighboring departments (e.g., Clive PD, Windsor Heights PD, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, etc.).This task will be facilitated by West Des Moines police personnel unless the prospective employer expressly declines this arrangement.
  • A good faith effort will be made to fill the requested job position(s) but neither the City nor the WDMPBA are under any obligation to fill the positions. If the job cannot be filled for any reason, the prospective employer will be contacted by phone and informed of such at least 24 hours before the job is to begin.

Prospective employers will be required to provide one or both of the following and show proof of same prior to the off-duty job being filled:

  1. Proof of worker’s compensation coverage expressly including the prospective officer(s) as employees while acting in the capacity of security officer; or
  2. Proof of comprehensive liability coverage in the minimum amount of one million dollars, naming the City as co-insured.

 Questions may be directed via email to or by phone at (515) 222-3335

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Prospective Employer or Business Name as Applicable


Contact Person - Name, Phone Number, and Email Address

Contact Person - Name, Phone Number, and Email Address

Please describe the type of event.  Examples of types of events include birthday parties, dances, gatherings, celebrations, and other gatherings where a police presence is requested.


Event Site - Name and Address

Event Site - Name and Address

Event Information

Event Information

Please provide any additional information that would be helpful for scheduling the officer. This may include complex schedules for multiple officers starting and ending at different times.

If you have a copy of the insurance certificate, you can scan it and attach it to this form.  You can also attach other documents that will help with scheduling the service.

By clicking the submit button, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to comply with the conditions and requirements as listed for hiring a police officer to work in an off-duty capacity. I understand that a representative of the department will contact me via telephone or email during normal business hours to confirm the requested service.

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