Here’s How Two Irving Companies Are Using Tech To Change the Off-Duty Law Enforcement Industry

Athos Group is a technology service provider for the off-duty, or "extra-duty," law enforcement industry. The Irving-based solutions company has seen fast growth this year, and recently acquired its Irving neighbor in the same industry, RollKall.

Irving-based Athos Group is on a fast growth track.

The solution and service provider for the off-duty law enforcement security and services industry recently announced that its customers increased around 22.5 percent from Q1 to Q2 of this year. That’s on the heels of making a strategic acquisition of another Irving-based company in the same industry: RollKall.

In May, Athos acquired RollKall, a comprehensive solution for off-duty law enforcement. Now known as Athos’ fastest-growing subsidiary, RollKall technology has to-date powered more than 1.97 million hours of off-duty jobs across the country, according to a statement.

Athos and RollKall are in the off-duty, or as they like to call it, “extra-duty” industry. For decades, law enforcement agencies have staffed officers across the country, but it can be a highly manual and time-consuming process.

Athos and RollKall both provide opportunities for law enforcement officers (LEOs) to take on private assignments and supplement their income. The intent is to also help the businesses—by providing access to a network of thousands of LEOs, the companies take away the stress around focusing on security.

For instance: RollKall’s platform is a one-stop-shop for law enforcement agencies and businesses to manage all facets of the off-duty staffing process. 

[Image: via RollKall]

The app enables users to customize gig searches to their personal specifications, from job location to capabilities. Once a job is complete, an officer is able to get paid directly, without worrying about collecting 1099s or multiple forms of payment.

According to the company, the software also has an extensive vetting process, bringing the highest level of transparency to an industry that needs it.

“In my opinion, RollKall is the future of the off-duty market—and I can’t imagine going back to our incredibly time-consuming pre-RollKall process,” Sergeant Joe Seaton, the special events supervisor for the Irving Police Department, said in a statement. “Every single feature of the RollKall platform allows our agency to more efficiently manage a vast network of off-duty jobs and assign them quickly and easily to our officers.”

Athos Group has a similar mindset.

Through its portfolio of companies, Athos says it is able to provide customized services for each business, officer, and department served.

In 2006, Athos was founded as an Innovative Surveillance Solutions (ISS) company, with less than 100 law enforcement officer associates and only initial clients. Since 2010, according to a release, Athos has grown by more than 11,000 percent, has worked with more than 15,000 officers nationwide, and represents more than 1,400 law enforcement agencies (LEAs).

[Image: via Athos Group]

Athos’ success lies in its team of client service experts and software management capabilities.

The technology is meant to drastically cut costs, reduce administrative overhead, and improve on how easy it is to find off-duty jobs. For LEAs, businesses, and coordinators, Athos said it enables the ability to easily track and staff jobs with very little lead time. 

The company attributes part of its “unprecedented growth” to its legacy business, Summit Off Duty Services.

Summit offers unmatched partner consulting, client engagement, and customer support to the law enforcement security industry by providing access to off-duty officers at the local, county, and state level. 

As businesses continue to face mounting pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, its a service that Athos Group expects to grow by more than 30 percent this year.

“Now more than ever, everyone in the off-duty market is looking for ways to increase community awareness, provide greater visibility and find opportunities to gain trust with those in their care,” Chris White, Athos Group’s founder and CEO, said in a statement. “Athos makes it possible to achieve all those goals and then some.”

Athos’ footprint sits inside an $11 billion industry. The company aims to continue providing simple, efficient, and cost-effective staffing solutions to the off-duty market, and said it is constantly introducing new innovations, features, and services.

But, its top priority is with communities. Athos Group said it wants to connect people “with everyday heroes in a way that provides the highest benefit and maximum transparency.”

“The Athos Group and our family of law enforcement ‘extra-duty’ companies exist to serve peace officers and the communities they are sworn to protect,” White said. “We help provide clarity, transparency, and accountability to each program—as defined by their licensing agencies and requested by members of their communities”

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