CopsForHire has come to an agreement with the Seattle Police Department, with the Olympia-based tech company providing its online marketplace for the department to better manage off-duty officers providing security for local events.

The startup offers a unique self-service mobile product, similar to Uber, that allows customers to request off-duty cops to secure private events or properties. The service streamlines the process of connecting departments, cops available to work off-duty and customers looking for increased security from law enforcement.

Once approved by the department, the job is posted and cops automatically receive notification of available jobs. Once jobs are accepted and completed, time cards and payments are automated.

“We sought a solution that would enhance accountability and transparency around secondary employment, allowing the department greater visibility into the process.” said Brian Maxey, chief operating officer at the Seattle Police Department. “CopsForHire simplifies the entire process for everyone – the department, the officers, and employers– while providing better information around when, where, and how much work our commissioned officers are doing off-duty.”

“Seattle PD is once again leading,” said Rob McDermott, CopsForHire CEO. “We could not be more excited over bringing this breakthrough to law enforcement, and knowing it is starting right here in Seattle.  They were the first in the nation to use bike patrols in 1987, and now the first to bring automation to off-duty management.”