Become an Ohio University Police Officer!
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There are many benefits to becoming an Ohio University Police Officer:
WAGES AND LATERAL TRANSFER (Effective July 1, 2023)
- $5,000 signing bonus
- Top base pay for officers is $36.16 per hour ($75,212 per year base)
- Educational incentive:
- Officers with an associate's degree earn an additional 2% per hour ($36.89/hr)
- Officers with a bachelor's degree or higher earn an additional 4% per hour ($37.62/hr)
- Educational incentive:
- New employees who do not have an OPOTA commission earn $21.95 per hour while in the academy.
- Upon graduation from the academy, new officer starting pay is $26.34 per hour ($54,787 per year base, plus educational incentive if applicable)
- New officers with OUPD who have prior law enforcement experience may be eligible for advanced placement in the wage steps upon initial hire (up to Wage Pay Step 4 - $33.64 per hour) and are also exempt from the physical fitness testing component (current and valid OPOTC certification required for exemption).
- Shift differential paid at 0.45/hr for any hours worked on patrol between 5PM and 7AM
- Officers with 10 years of service or more and a sick leave balance of at least 200 hours may cash out up to 40 hours of sick leave for pay each December.
- All newly hired officers are issued 5 new full uniforms to include duty gear and equipment.
- Quartermaster system for uniforms and equipment - old or damaged items are replaced as necessary at the department's expense.
- Officers have a declining balance allowance of $525 (Effective July 1, 2022) for cleaning and pressing uniforms. The department contracts with a local laundromat to arrange for weekly pickup and drop-off directly from the department for ease of use for employees.
- Officers immediately begin earning vacation time at a rate of 2 weeks per year
- At 5 years of service, officers earn 3 weeks of vacation per year
- At 10 years of service, officers earn 4 weeks of vacation per year
- At 20 years of service, officers earn 5 weeks of vacation per year
- Officers have 12 paid holidays throughout the year, one of which is the officer's birthday as a floating holiday.
- Once an officer has completed his/her probationary period, she or he is eligible for assignments such as:
- Bicycle Officer
- Field Training Officer
- Firearms Instructor
- RADAR/LIDAR Instructor
- Less Lethal Instructor (Taser, OC Spray, baton, etc)
- Evidence Room Manager
- Explosive Detection Canine Handler
- Narcotics Detective
- Community Relations Officer
- Other opportunities as available
- Officers contribute to the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System - Law Enforcement (OPERS-LE). Contributions to the plan are tax-deferred and deducted automatically each pay period.
- Free tuition (with the exception of general fees) at Ohio University and Hocking College.
- Free tuition (with the exception of general fees) for the employee's spouse or domestic partner and dependent children at Ohio University
- Officers are provided basic life insurance at no charge. In the case of an officer's death, your beneficiary will receive two and one-half times your salary, up to $50,000.
- Officers may buy additional life insurance at a low group rate.
- Ohio University offers a PPO medical plan administered by Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
- Vision coverage is administered by Vision Service Plan (VSP) and varies depending on employment type.
- Dental plan
- Optional orthodontia plan
For a full listing and explanation of Ohio University benefits, please visit the Human Resources Benefits page.
QUESTIONS? Contact Lt. Brittney VanBibber at (740) 593-1911 or email@example.com