No one way is right or wrong; there are advantages and disadvantages to each way. Recognizing how your agency runs off-duty only helps you find the best tools to make it easier.
The Way Off-Duty is Organized Affects Officer Pay
There are two ways officers receive payment: through the agency on their paychecks, or directly from the vendor (making them a 1099 private contractor). Where payment comes from directly affects a number of things, like taxes and insurance.
*This is the most common scenario
Identifying how your agency runs off-duty is important as you navigate a technology solution to help streamline the process. Do you need an invoicing solution? A way to collect payment and then pay officers? What about insurance?
The whole off-duty process is more than just scheduling, so it’s important to find a solution that can accommodate any level of complexity - and is flexible enough to change with your agency as you grow.