Off Duty Work

It's a situation that is permitted by most counties, but one that is closely monitored to ensure safety of the officers and the public.

A recent survey says more than 90 percent of law enforcement officers work secondary jobs because there isn't enough money to pay bills.

Some officers are working more than 60 hours a week, but Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk says it's a situation that's under control.

"We monitor it real close and we are not going to let part-time jobs take the place of our full-time job. Job one is here. We are not going to let them be over worked. We are going to let them do the Part-time job and it will be monitored very close," says Paulk.

Officers say the secondary jobs give them a chance to pay their bills and pay them on time.

"It’s nice of the Sheriff to let us all benefit from working extra duty. Because a lot of us raise children and you have to have a little extra money to provide for them, and it kind of off sets the pay that we get," says Aaron Pritchett, a Detective for the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department.

"We allow them to work secondary employment because the salary a lot of the times isn't enough to meet their needs or the needs of the family, so we allow them to work off duty employment,” says SGT M. H. Reese of the Georgia State Patrol.

Most law enforcement agencies say until the average officer salary is raised, they will continue to let officers work secondary jobs.

The starting salary for a law enforcement officer in Georgia ranges from $24,000 to $30,000 a year.