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, 2017)
- Top pay for officers is $30.56 per hour ($63,564 per year base)
- Officers earn an additional 1% per hour for having an associate's degree and 2% per hour for having a bachelor's degree or higher.
- New employees who do not have an OPOTA commission earn $20.58 per hour while in the academy. Upon graduation from the academy, new officer starting pay is $24.21 per hour ($50,357 per year base)
- 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 - $28.83 per hour) and are also exempt from the physical fitness testing component (current and valid OPOTC certification required for exemption).
- 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 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 11 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 Instructor
- Less Lethal Instructor (Taser, OC Spray, baton, etc)
- OPOTA Instructor
- 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 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