Hire Police for an Event

Police Officer at a baseball field, looking down at a child.


Ottawa Police is committed to providing a quality service to the community. The Paid Duty Program will allow clients to hire off-duty officers on a contract basis to provide a police presence at their events. Officers will not be assigned to any function that requires that they act outside the normal scope of police duties. Some of the assignments for which officers are available include (but are not limited to):

  • Community events
  • Festivals and concerts
  • Film productions
  • Parades
  • Private functions
  • Road construction
  • Sporting events
  • Traffic control 
  • Wide load escorts

Each request will be reviewed to ensure that it falls within the mandate of the Paid Duty Section.  The Paid Duty Section reserves the right to determine the number of officers required for an event based upon a risk assessment. Services will only be provided when all parties agree and all required positions are filled.







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$51.20 flat rate in addition to the cost of the officer and vehicle


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*last updated January 2018.


  • The above costs include an admin fee;
  • All contracts are subject to additional HST at 13%; 
  • There is a four hour minimum charge for each officer and vehicle assigned to a duty.  

Contract Regulations:

  • All events requiring Ottawa Police Paid Duty Officers must be held or originate in the City of Ottawa. Requests for traffic services on Hwy 417 are the responsibility of the Ontario Provincial Police Ottawa Traffic Detachment (613-828-9171).
  • There is a four hour minimum charge for each officer and vehicle assigned to a duty.
  • All alcohol related events require that a Sergeant be in attendance.

  • Last minute requests (within 48 hours of the duty) are subject to a late fee of 10%.

  • If a client cancels the paid duty within 24 hours of the event, there is a 4 hour minimum charge for all resources scheduled (plus HST).  
  • Police Officers are not allowed to accept payment at the event. Payment will be expected in advance of the duty and will be arranged with the City's Accounts Receivable Department. Any additional fees as the result of extended hours will be billed to the client after they are calculated.

All requests for paid duties must be received a minimum of 10 days prior to the request start date and include the following information:

  • Organization/Client name and main contact
  • Billing address
  • Telephone and Fax # 
  • Email address
  • Date of event
  • Nature of the event and number of participants expected
  • Location of the event including exact location where the client wishes the officers to report
  • Start time and end time for the officers
  • Contact name and cell # for an individual to whom the officer(s) will report on the date of the event

Download and fill out the Paid Duty Request form.

Contact Information:


613-236-1222 ext. 2476



Office Hours

Monday to Friday - 7AM to 3PM

After Office Hours / Emergency Requests / Cancellations

Staff Sergeant's Desk 


  • West: extension 2912
  • Central: extension 5212
  • East: extension 3212