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Entry Level Applicants-Sworn Police Officer

The North Platte Police Department offers a salary competitive with other local law enforcement agencies. The current starting salary for Patrol Officers is $52,790 per year with a top salary range of $74,859. The city also provides a $.40/hr shift differential pay for officers assigned to work during the hours of 6 PM and 6 AM  as well as incentive pay for Bilingual Officer, Field Training Officers, K-9 Handler and Drug Recognition Experts.

Other Benefits include:

  • A pension funded at 7% by the employee with a 7% match by the employer-invested at the employee’s discretion
  • Health insurance (employee pays 8% of the premium for single coverage and 16% for family coverage)
  • Vision Insurance
  • Dental insurance provided to the employee-employee’s coverage is paid by the employer (family coverage available for a fee)
  • $50,000 life insurance provided by the employer for the employee
  • 10 paid Holidays
  • Vacation Accrual beginning at  80 hours and up to 160 hours annually
  • 96 hours paid annual sick leave
  • Optional insurance coverage through Colonial Life
  • Up to 180 hours comp time accrual
  • $7,500 sign-on bonus upon graduation from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center and successfully completing the probationary period
  • Qualifying sworn law enforcement officers, and their dependents, are entitled to a waiver of one hundred percent of the resident tuition charges of any state university, state college, or community college up to 5 years to attain an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree.  Those hired with an AA degree or higher will receive a $2,000 bonus upon completion of probation
  • Department-Issued Weapons/uniforms
  • Other education incentives

For a detailed list of Police Benefits review this document.

Lateral Entry Applicants-Nebraska Certified

The Department provides lateral transfer opportunities.  In addition to the benefits listed above, Nebraska Certified lateral entry applicants enjoy:

  • Starting pay at step D (Currently $62,233/year)
  • No written Civil Service Exam
  • No physical agility test
  • $10,000 sign-on bonus upon successfully completing the probationary period.
  • 80 hours sick leave upon hire
  • 80 hours vacation upon completion of probation
  • Years of service with another Nebraska law enforcement agency count toward promotional requirements and vacation accrual.