Based on 2010 Police Officer Contract
The hiring range for a newly hired patrol officer is $47,710. Step increases occur at 6 months, 2yrs., 3yrs., 4yrs., and 5 yrs. The top patrol officer salary is $58,071 after 5 years with a baccalaureate degree. The Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) allows officers to earn up to $64,055, with qualifying time in grade, plus an excellent fringe benefit package. In addition, officers receive time and one-half for overtime worked and are compensated for court time, training time, and call-in time.
Holidays - 128 hours of pay is received in the form of a single check in the last paycheck in November.
Educational Reimbursement/Incentive – An officer is eligible for 50% reimbursement for books & tuition from any pre-approved college course towards a bachelor's or master's degree. A bachelor’s degree will qualify an officer for additional salary.
Vacation - Officers earn 1 week after 1 year; 2 weeks after 2 years; 3 weeks after 8 years; 4 weeks after 12 years; and 5 weeks after 20 years.
Sick Leave - Officers earn 12 days per year.
Clothing/Cleaning Allowance - New officers receive an initial clothing allowance loan of approximately $1660. Thereafter, officers receive an annual maintenance payment (check) of about $660 and a cleaning allowance of $60 (both are taxable income). Officers are issued a new custom-fitted body armor after hire, purchased by the City, then, a new one every 5 years.
Medical Insurance – There are three medical plan options available to employees.
Lateral Entry - New employees possessing significant police experience may, at the discretion of the Chief, be hired at any step up to and including Step C of the pay schedule. Lateral entry affects salary rate only and does not impact actual seniority within the Department. The Chief of Police handles requests for lateral entry on a case-by-case basis.
Physical Fitness Program - All employees hired after January 1, 1980 must participate and achieve a rating of adequate or better. The test includes a body-fat measurement, flexibility test, pushups, sit-ups, and a cardiovascular endurance test (either a 1-1/2 mile run or a stationary bicycle test). All officers achieving a “good” rating receive 1% premium pay. All officers achieving an “excellent” rating receive 2% premium pay.
Life Insurance - $20,000.00 per employee is paid by the city. Additional insurance can be purchased at low rates.
Probationary Period - All officers will complete a probationary period lasting 1 year from conclusion of the field-training program or 18 months, whichever comes first.
Retirement - Contributions to the Wisconsin Retirement Fund are paid entirely by the City.
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