Financial Stability and Benefits
The Vernon Police Department offers a very competitive salary and benefits package.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, as of May 2008, the average annual wage for police and sheriff's patrol officers was $52,810 versus $42,270 for all occupations combined. The chart below shows how police salaries compare against other service industry and criminal justice-related fields.(1) Based on the average annual wages of all occupations in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, May 2008. (http://www.bls.gov/oes/home.htm)
Here, in Vernon, the yearly salary increases after completion of the academy and increases yearly (up to the fifth year). The current patrolman salary range (as of 2011) is $54,641.60 to $72,072.
In addition to above average salaries, police enjoy benefits, retirement packages, and insurance coverage options that usually exceed those offered by private employers.
In Vernon,full retirement is attainable in 20 years regardless of age. Your retirment pension consists of 50% of the average for the top three years of salary after twenty (20) years.
The percentage grows 2.5% every year after your 20th year and tops out at 70% after twenty-eight (28) years. This means if you start early, you can retire in your forties and start a new career while still drawing your police pension.
Full health insurance (medical and dental) is provided for all employees and dependents. In addition, $40,000.00 for group term life insurance and an additional $80,000.00 for Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance are provided free of charge to the officer.
Officers are also given paid sick leave and vacation time.Your sick time is cumulative and the maximum number of sick days that can be accrued is 150. Officers are provided ten days of vacation for the first five years of employment. After that, vacation time gradually increases, with 25 days being the maximum.
In addition, the Vernon Police Department also supplies all equipment, provides each officer with a yearly clothing allowance, free uniform cleaning, provides specialized training and college tuition reimbursement is available.
When comparing agencies and weighing the pros and cons of each, it's important to look beyond salary and consider the full range of benefits offered by an agency. What one agency lacks in base salary, it may more than make up for elsewhere.