Police Department Benefits

RETIREMENT

Retirement Plan

  • Retirement at age 50 with 25 years of service at 50% of base pay
  • Retirement at any age with 25 years of service (reduced benefit)
  • Retirement at age 55 with at least 5 years of service
  • 1.5% pre-tax contribution of base pay

Retirement Savings Plan (RSP)

  • Employees can voluntarily save a portion of their pay on a pre-tax basis.
  • The Authority matches a portion of the amount you save up to 3%.
  • Maximum tax deferred savings limit is $17,500.
  • At age 50 an additional $5,000 per year may be saved for five years
  • Plan is governed by Section 457 of the IRS Code

MONETARY INCENTIVES

Uniforms and equipment provided.

$120 allowance for footwear yearly

Performance Based Pay Increases

  • Annual pay raises are based on a Performance Management Partnership Program
  • Pay increases may be as much as 10%.

Overtime / Shift Differential

  • Time and a half for hours worked beyond normal duty hours
  • 10% night shift differential
  • 25% Sunday premium pay (midnight shift receives double the premium pay if both Saturday and Sunday are worked)
  • Holiday pay is twice the hourly rate.

Pay Differential for Voluntary Programs

  • Explosive Detector Dog Handlers receive an additional $150 per pay period
  • Field Training Officers receive additional compensation for each day that they mentor a new officer
  • Special response Team receive an additional $50 per pay period 

Tuition Assistance Program

  • Employees can be reimbursed as much as 100% of tuition (dependent upon grade)
  • Up to $4,000 per calendar year eligible for reimbursement
  • Courses can be taken individually or as part of a degree program
  • Courses have to be job related beyond requirements for the job (“nice to know” courses)
  • Requests must be submitted on a special form (see LiveLink) and approved by the Chief, Pubic Safety Vice President, and Organization Development (MA-530)
  •  Participants must have completed 12 months of service to apply and stay for 12 months following reimbursement
     

Health/Fitness Reimbursement

  • Employees can be reimbursed up to $200 annually for Fitness Center memberships or approved weight management programs

LEAVE

Annual Leave

  • 13 days per year during the first three years of service
  • 19 ½ days per year after three years of service
  • 26 days per year after 15 years of service

Sick Leave

  • 13 days per year

Donated Leave Program

  • By joining the program employees may be granted additional sick leave for extended illnesses

Long Term Disability (LTD)

  • Provides partial income protection to employees when they become ill or disabled paid for by the Authority

Military Leave

  • The department fully supports individuals who are serving in the military reserve or the National Guard
  • Individuals receive 15 days paid military leave yearly

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Employees with a minimum of one year employment are eligible for FMLA benefits

HEALTH / LIFE INSURANCES

Life Insurance

  • Single and family plans available.
  • Shared cost by the individual and the Authority
  • Supplemental and Dependent coverage available at a reasonable cost to the employee.

Health Insurance

  • The Authority offers a choice of health plans to provide you and your family with protection when you incur health care expenses
  • The health plans offer comprehensive medical services at a reasonable bi-weekly rate
  • The plans include prescription drug and vision benefits.
  • The Authority pays for 80% of your health care insurance premiums

Dental Insurance

  • The Authority also offers dental coverage at reasonable rates

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

  • Save money on certain health care and dependent care costs by paying for eligible expenses with pre-tax dollars
  • Employees may defer up to $2,500 for health care expenses and $5,000 for dependent expenses

Employee Assistance Program

  • Employees can seek counseling/support on a wide-variety of quality of life issues