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Educational incentive program salaries

Time Amount of College Salary
Starting With 60 semester hours $52,573
Starting With 2-year college degree $52,933
Starting With 4-year college degree $53,533
Maximum Base pay with 4-year college degree $85,330

The above-mentioned salaries include $80 per month ($960/year) that all sworn personnel receive as a result of having obtained a 4-year degree. Applicants with a 2-year degree receive an additional $30 per month ($360/year). All sworn officers have the opportunity to supplement their income by working off-duty job assignments.

Health Care

Comprehensive Group Health and Life Insurance are available for you and your family. Sworn personnel shall receive free life insurance in an amount equal to his/her annual base pay rounded to the nearest thousand dollars. Several major medical health care plans are available.

Retirement Plan

Officers have the option of retiring at age 55 or after 25 years of service regardless of age. Prior to retirement, an officer may opt to participate in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP plan) and become eligible for an additional, one-time cash payout of up to seven years of his/her pension income. The cash payout would be paid in addition to the officer’s monthly pension.

100% Academy Sponsorship

The department will pay academy tuition and salaries for police officer applicants accepted into the cadet program.

Police Academy

Certified law enforcement officers outside the State of Florida, with one year of full-time law enforcement experience, may be eligible to attend an equivalency of training academy. This decision will be made by the Training Division at time of appointment.

Non-certified applicants (Police Cadets) will attend a 21-week academy.

Academy attendance will be primarily Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Neither dormitories nor temporary housing are provided for out of town applicants. The department will assist with information on lodging, realtors and the Chamber of Commerce.

Applicants are encouraged to tour the Police Department facility.

Lateral Transfers

Certified Police Officers who transfer laterally to our agency may be eligible to receive one step for one year of creditable service up to Step 5 after completing the field training program. This may be applied when an applicant is a Florida State Certified Officer or when we have an out-of-state officer who meets the FDLE guidelines of eligibility to attend the Equivalency of Training Academy.

Pre-Certified Officer Incentive Program

Florida certified officers and out of state officers that qualify for the FDLE’s Equivalency of Training Certification Program are eligible for this incentive program. The Department will pay an $8000 incentive to individuals that are hired. $4000 will be paid upon successful completion of the Field Training Program and $4000 will be paid after four (4) years of continuous service. This monetary incentive is subject to certain conditions as indicated in the Incentive Program Agreement.

Advancement Opportunities

Every officer has the opportunity to apply to a specialized unit after completing probation and is eligible to become a sergeant after completing only three years of service.

Court Pay

If you are required to attend court or a judicial hearing during scheduled off-duty hours, you will receive two hours compensation for all appearances during those two hours if the start of the two-hour period is more than 60 minutes before your regularly scheduled check-in time or more than 60 minutes after your regularly scheduled check-out time.

Financial Aid for Continuing Education

The City of St. Petersburg provides up to 75% of tuition expense for pre-approved courses, subject to a maximum reimbursement of $1000 per employee in each fiscal year. A Charitable Trust has also been established to further assist officers pursuing a college degree.

Educational Incentive Pay

The State of Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission provides for pay incentives after the completion of designated courses of study.

Miscellaneous Benefits

  • Paid Military Leave, Funeral Leave and Holidays
  • Up to five weeks of Paid Annual Leave time
  • Take Home Car Program
  • Uniforms and Equipment provided at no cost
  • Fully Equipped Weight Room and Workout Center
  • Fitness Coordinator
  • Deferred Compensation Programs exist via ICMA
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