1. Salary: All recruit officers start at $53,630 per year for 2080 hours. Additional salary will be awarded through our Educational Bonuses (degree from accredited colleges in an approved field of study). An Associate Degree earns an additional $540 per year, a Baccalaureate Degree earns an additional $1,081 per year and a Masters Degree earns an additional $1,622 per year. Probationary Officers receive full pay while attending the 17-week basic session at the Southwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
2. Shift Differential: Shift differential pay is an additional $1,999 annually for second and third shift officers.
3. Vacations: Employees shall be entitled to paid vacation as follows:
One (1) year but less than five (5) years – 2 weeks paid vacation
Five (5) years but less than ten (10) years – 3 weeks paid vacation
Ten (10) years but less than fifteen (15) years – 4 weeks paid vacation
Fifteen (15) years but less than twenty (20) years – 5 weeks paid vacation
Twenty (20) years and more – 6 weeks paid vacation
4. Sick Leave: Presently there is no set amount of sick days.
5. Family Leave: All officers receive an additional 80 hours of family leave time annually which can be taken hourly or the entire work day.
5. Overtime: Overtime earned will be reimbursed to the police officer either in money or compensatory time off from duty at the rate of one and one-half (1 1/2) times the actual overtime earned by the officer. Officers called in from authorized off-duty status will receive at least four (4) hours overtime.
6. Rank Differential: There is an eight percent (8%) differential in pay between rank classifications.
7. Specialty Bonus: There are certain assignments that require training, knowledge, and initiative above and beyond what is normally expected of the employees. A pay category designated “Specialty Bonus” has been established to compensate those first class officers and Corporals who meet and maintain the requirements. The annual amount of bonus is $1,200.
8. Tuition Reimbursement: Eligible personnel will be reimbursed subject to appropriation upon completion, a maximum of two classes per semester. Tuition paid by an officer will be reimbursed upon proof of satisfactorily completing the courses toward the required major with a “C” or better grade as follows: 100% for the grade of “A”; 90% for the grade of “B”; or 80% for the grade of “C”.
9. Clothing Allowance: When a new officer is hired, the City will furnish the officer with a complete clothing issue and all equipment necessary to perform the job. After the completion of one year’s service, the officer shall be entitled to a clothing allowance for the maintenance and replacement of uniform and equipment. This allowance is paid in two equal installments of $650 in February and July of each year.
10. Insurance: A number of different insurance plans covering hospitalization, dental and visual are available through the City of Evansville. Group term life insurance coverage ($40,000/$40,000-double indemnity), is provided by the City at the cost of one dollar ($1.00) per month to the employees and the City pays the balance of the premium.
11. Pension: Any full-time police officer hired after May 1, 1977, must participate in the Public Employee’s Retirement Fund created in 1977 and administered by the State of Indiana. Each employee must contribute 6% of a first-class patrolman’s salary. If the officer terminates prior to twenty (20) years of service, except for death or disability, contributions plus interest will be refunded. Beside the officers contribution, the City of Evansville must also make contributions equal to 21% of a first-class patrolman’s salary. Members of the 1977 fund are eligible for retirement with twenty (20) years of service, however, benefits cannot be initiated until age 52. The annual retirement benefit with twenty (20) years of service is 52% of a first-class patrolman’s salary in the year the member ended his active service. If the officer has more than twenty (20) years of service, he receives an additional 1% for every six (6) months in excess of twenty (20) years to a maximum of 76%.