Benefits & Incentives

  • Police Recruit Position Available up to 90 Days Before Academy ($16/hr)
  • Receive GI Bill Benefits Throughout the Academy and FTO Phase
  • Department Issues all Required Gear
  • Lateral Transfer Program; entry at higher pay rate, 3-week academy and 30-day FTO phase (one pay step for every two years of experience, up to step three, case-by-case basis upon approval of the Chief)
  • Granted 24 Core CJ Credits at Washburn University
  • 10-Hour work Days for Patrol Officers
  • Starting pay of $22.52
  • Approximately $1 Per Hour Raise Per Year (for 18 years)
  • Education Bonus (Associate’s Degree: $25/month, Bachelor’s Degree: $50/month, Master’s Degree: $60/month)
  • Shift Differential Pay ($.70/hr for shifts starting after noon)
  • 10 Paid Holidays per Year (time-and-a-half in addition if working)
  • 4.5 Hours of Pay / Compensatory Time for Off-Duty Court Appearances
  • Physical Incentive Pay (up to $90/quarter)
  • Compensation for Certified Bilingual Officers ($75/month)
  • Tuition Reimbursement up to $1,000/year
  • $1/hr for Field Training Officers and Supervisors
  • Premium Pay for Detectives and Sergeants
  • 12 Vacation Days Earned per Year (first four years)
  • Funeral Leave (up to three days), Personal Leave (two awarded annually), Perfect Attendance Leave (one per quarter)
  • Promotion and Specialty Unit Selection Points for Military Service and Formal Education
  • Minimum 7-day Notification of Schedule Change
  • Contractual Agreement Between the City of Topeka and FOP Lodge #3
  • Medical Expense Reimbursement (up to $1,100)