During the training period, cadets are furnished lodging,
meals and most necessary supplies and equipment. Cadets also
receive a semi-monthly salary for the duration of training (see a
recruiter for a current salary schedule).
The salary for officers is competitive with other public and
private agencies. Salary increases are earned through incremental
service longevity steps or promotion in rank (See a recruiter for
a current salary schedule).
Personal health and dental insurance are provided at a
nominal cost to cadets. Also, cadets receive basic life insurance
and vision coverage at no cost. Additional coverage for family
members is available at group rates.
Officers may retire from the ISP with pension benefits. To qualify, an officer
must be 50 years of age with 25 years of service or 55 years of age with at
least 20 years of service. A maximum retirement benefit of 80% of ending salary
is earned after 26 years and 8 months of creditable service.
During the first year of service, officers receive 2 weeks of
paid vacation, one sick day a month and compensation for working
any holiday. Additional vacation days are earned through service
Officers may elect to personally participate in a deferred
compensation plan offered through the department. This plan
includes various investment options which are both federally and
state tax deferred. An annual maximum contribution limit does
Officers are eligible for a 4 weeks (20 working days) for maternity leave and 3 weeks (15 working days) for paternity leave
for the birth or adoption of each child in their immediate
Uniforms and necessary equipment items are supplied at no
cost to officers prior to academy graduation. An annual
clothing/dry cleaning allowance is also provided to
A fully equipped squad car, with department paid fuel and
service, is assigned to each officer after reporting to the
district of assignment. The vehicle is restricted to business use
Officers desiring to continue their education may apply for
department funded tuition reimbursement. The tuition
reimbursement program is annually funded and dispersed
semi-annually for spring and fall classes. To be eligible, course
work must be work related. Other restrictions may also
Career advancement opportunities are available through the
department’s promotional process. Officers may compete in
the promotional process after successfully completing the
probationary period. Promotional rankings are based upon a
combination of written testing scores, performance evaluation
results and seniority in rank.
Officers may compete for a wide variety of specialty
positions within the department when vacancies exist. Depending
upon the specialty type and operational need, vacancies are
announced statewide and positions are filled through a
competitive selection process based upon an officer’s
expertise and experience.
Officers possess statewide police powers and authority as
compared to municipal or county agencies which have limited/
local jurisdictional authority.
Other support services programs are coordinated through the
Human Resource Bureau. Some of the programs include: Medical
Response System, Employee Assistance Program, Peer Support, Critical Incident
and Stress Management.