Evansville Police Department



  • Probationary Officer – 2024 Starting Salary $59,837.31 plus educational bonuses.
  • All uniforms and equipment furnished first year.
  • $1,600.00 per year clothing and equipment allowance after first year.
  • $3,500.00 increase upon completion of one year probation period, plus annual City increase
  • Longevity Pay increases at the following years of service: three years, six years, nine years, twelve years, fifteen years, eighteen years, twenty years, twenty-one years, twenty-three years, twenty-five years. 
  • Paid $75,000 Life Insurance.
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance – Immediate Coverage.
  • Free On-Site Health Clinic w/free medications.
  • Educational Bonuses.
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program.
  • Paid Vacations.
  • Family Leave Time.
  • Sick Leave.
  • Bereavement Leave.
  • Paid Overtime.
  • Compensatory Time Accrual.
  • Shift Differential.
  • Specialty Bonus Pay for Specific Positions.
  • 17 Paid Holidays, including the Officer’s Birthday.
  • Membership in Public Employee’s Retirement Fund (INPRS)
    1. Salary: All recruit officers start at $59,837.31 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 $623.65 per year, a Baccalaureate Degree earns an additional $1,247.31 per year, a Masters Degree earns an additional $1,870.98 per year and a Doctorate earns an additional $2,469.93 per year. Probationary Officers receive full pay while attending the 17-week basic session at the Southwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. After completion of the one year probationary period, the base pay increases by $3,500.00 to $63,337.31.
    2. Shift Differential: 2nd Shift Differential: $2,216.81 and 3rd Shift Differential: $3,166.87.
    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.
    6. 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. Certain qualified types of overtime will pay at “double time” (two times the actual overtime earned).
    7. Rank Differential: There is an eight percent (8%) increase in pay between rank classifications (Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief).
    8. Detective/FTO Differential: Officers assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division or Field Training Unit shall have their salary upgraded to that of a corporal’s salary (8%) that coincides with their years of service longevity. Detectives and Field Training Officers assigned to 2nd or 3rd shift also receive shift differential. 
    9. 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 Chief of Police has sole discretion on which assignments qualify for a specialty bonus and the amount of the specialty bonus. 
    10. 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”.
    11. 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 $800.00 in February and July of each year.
    12. Insurance: A number of different insurance plans covering hospitalization, dental and visual are available through the City of Evansville. Group term life insurance coverage ($75,000/$75,000-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.
    13. 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%.