Pittsburgh Making Money on Police Officers' Side Jobs

$3.85 hourly charge designed to cover city liabilities

Mr. Malloy said his union has heard similar complaints from Heinz Field management. If the facility manager or the Steelers ask, the union will join them in requesting a reduction of the fee, he said.

Whether the fee drops or not, business won't dry up, Mr. Malloy predicted. That's because businesses want something private security firms can't provide.

"They're buying the psychological appearance of a uniformed officer," he said, "who has the power to point a finger at someone and say, 'You're under arrest.' "