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  • 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 longevity.
  • 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 apply.
  • 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 family.
  • 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 officers.
  • 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 only.
Officer Resources
  • 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 apply.
  • 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.

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