At the Hilliard Division of Police, the hiring of off-duty officers for security, traffic control, and escorts is commonly referred to as "Special Duty".

Types of Off-Duty Services

Security - Providing security and maintaining order at various events and businesses.

Traffic Control - Directing and facilitating traffic flow at various events and construction sites.

Escorts - Escorting the transportation of heavy or oversized equipment where a City or State permit is required. The Hilliard Division of Police performs Funeral Escorts only for our local establishments. 

Prohibitions - Special duty assignments will not be performed: 

  • To provide body guard services;
  • Where performance implies participation in partisan politics;
  • At any other assignment conflicting with established policies set by the Hilliard Division of Police.

Special duty officers are primarily hired to maintain order, provide security, facilitate traffic flow, and take action against violations of the law. They should not be involved in the enforcement of house rules or other administrative duties except to encourage compliance through police presence and to take action to prevent illegal acts or disorderly conduct. In general, the Hilliard Division of Police does not accept requests to pre-assign specific officers to a particular event or assignment.

Disclaimer - Approval of a request to hire off-duty police officers is at the sole discretion of the Hilliard Division of Police. We also reserve the right to decline job requests that may be deemed inappropriate for police officers. A history of non-payment of wages or fees associated with the hiring of special duty officers is also grounds to deny your request and to revoke future job requests.

Assignments are Voluntary - Officers participate in Special Duty on a voluntary basis. Therefore, our ability to fill your request is based on the availability of off-duty officers seeking special duty assignments. The Special Duty Section cannot guarantee that all job requests will be filled.   

How to Request a Special Duty Officer - The Special Duty Sergeant coordinates all requests for off-duty police services. A minimum 48-hour notice before your event must be given to enhance the possibility of your request being filled.  The sooner you can get your request in, the more likely the request will be filled.  It is the responsibility of the requestor to follow up with the Sergeant in charge of Special Duty during normal business hours to find out if a request has been filled. Below is the contact information for the Special Duty Sergeant:

Sgt. John Higgins
The Hilliard Division of Police
5171 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard, OH  43026

Telephone: 614.334.2328
Fax Number: 614.529.6015
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday  

Special Duty Rates - Special duty rates are set by the Hilliard Division of Police to ensure consistency and parity. Special Duty requestors shall not compensate officers at a rate that differs from the current rate schedule. Officer’s earnings shall be paid directly to the officer hired. For specific rates, please contact the Sergeant in charge of Special Duty.

Amending Requests - Any amendments to the initial job request must be faxed or hand-delivered to the Hilliard Division of Police. To ensure the safety and security of both the public and our officers, each job request is reviewed for sufficient staffing, and we may make recommendations. We reserve the right to decline requests if the requestor does not agree to hire the appropriate staffing for the request.

Job Cancellation Policy - All job cancellations must be made directly with the Hilliard Division of Police as soon as possible in advance of the job’s start time.  Contact a police supervisor at 614.876.7321 to notify our agency of a cancellation. In the event a job is cancelled after an officer arrives to the job location, a minimum of three (3) hours, per officer, will be assessed to the requestor. 

Falsifying Requests - Filing false information on a special duty request form may result in the request being declined. Future requests from the requestor may be declined as well.  Additionally, charges may be filed if it is determined that this was in violation of law.

Permits - Requestors are responsible for obtaining any permits or other forms of approval required by law for holding events.