The Hamilton Police Department offers an excellent salary and benefits package. The salary for service officers currently tops out at $59,675.
Longevity pay is in addition to top pay and is currently set at:
$1,163.55 after 5 years of service
$2,237.10 after 8 years of service
$4,072.46 after 12 years of service
$5,236.02 after 16 years of service
$6,399.58 after 20 years of service
Personnel are offered a medical plan to include dental, vision, and prescription coverage, vacation, holiday, sick leave, group life, and deferred compensation and membership in Ohio Police and Fire Pension System.
Officers also receive a $10,000 group life insurance policy.
Officers receive a uniform allowance and a uniform maintenance (dry cleaning) allowance.
After 1 year, officers are eligible for 2 weeks paid vacation.
Officers accumulate sick leave at the rate of 10 hours per month, and upon retirement are paid a percentage of their unused sick leave.
Officers are eligible for retirement at age 50, combined with 30 years of service completed.
Officers receive 8 to 18 holidays off per year, depending upon their work schedules.
Police Officers assigned to the Patrol Division work a 4/2 schedule, which means that their regular workweek consists of 4 days on and 2 days off. This gives those officers about 17 additional days off per year as opposed to a normal 5/2 work schedule, yet the 4/2 officers are paid for a 40-hour week.
All promotions are by competitive examination, as governed by Civil Service. A Police Officer must have 4 years prior to taking a competitive written examination for promotion to the rank of Detective. The officers in all other ranks must serve in those capacities for 1 year prior to taking competitive written examinations for promotions to the next higher rank.