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Posted on: September 19, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Police Department Approved for Salary and Benefit Increase

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On Sept. 13, 2022, the JCC Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a measure to increase the salaries of all current officers as well as the starting pay for new recruits from $47,175 to $50,700. Certified Officer salary ranges are listed below in greater detail. 

Additionally, the following benefits were approved: 

  • A $5,000 sign on bonus for new recruits, 
  • +$1,500 salary increase for an associate degree (or 60 earned credit hours from an accredited college/university) or
  • +$3,000 for a bachelor's degree for both recruits and current officers, 
  • an extra $3,251/year for midnight shift officers. 

Current officers will receive a 5% salary increase with an adjustment in the Career Ladder Advancement Program that issues a 2.5% salary increase for all officers below Police Officer 4 (PO4) (for context, current officers are given a 5% raise for each advancement and 2.5% of the PO4 advancement is being issued early), and a $2,000 referral bonus for any recruited officers.

Here is a brief synopsis of the criteria for each position, along with the salary ranges, and a snapshot of benefits:

Police Officer I [Recruit or Certified]($50,700 or higher DOQ) This is an entry-level enforcement and protective service position. Work involves maintaining public peace, protect life, enforce laws, and conduct limited investigations.

Police Officer II($52,728 or higher DOQ; range max $76,411) A person in this position is expected to perform law enforcement and protective service work to maintain public peace, protect life, enforce laws, and conduct limited investigations. Requires two years of service as a Police Officer I with James City County or two years of equivalent experience as determined by department, certification as Intoxilyzer and Radar Operator, maintain Department training requirements as it relates to ASP/Tactical baton, meet several department personnel requirements, and have 40 hours of specialized training acceptable to department.

Senior Police Officer (PO3)($54,837 – $82,044) A person in this position is expected to perform specialized and involved tasks, administrative duties and/or aid in the investigation of complex incidents or criminal acts. Must meet requirements of Police Officer II, complete 40 additional hours of specialized training acceptable to department; have a minimum of three years’ experience as a sworn officer with James City County with one year of service as Police Officer II from most recent hire date: or two years of equivalent experience as determined by department + one year of service as Police Officer II with James City County Police Department from most recent hire date.

Master Police Officer (PO4)($57,030 – $88,100) A person in this position is expected to perform specialized and involved tasks, administrative duties and/or aid in the investigation of complex incidents or criminal acts. Requires successful completion of all certifications required of a Senior Police Officer; an associate degree or 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university; complete 80 additional hours of specialized training acceptable to department (160 hours total); successful completion of a written examination. Must have at least five years’ experience with James City County with two years’ experience as a Senior Police Officer from most recent hire date; or three years of equivalent experience as determined by department + two years of service as Senior Police Officer with James City County Police Department from most recent hire date.

Benefits:

  • Take-home car (if residing in or within 15-mile driving distance of the County)
  • Court scheduling based on shift assignment - typically during shift or immediately before/after shift
  • Employer-assisted homeownership program (up to $3,000 match on closing costs for qualified applicants)
  • Participation in the Virginia Retirement System (25 years service @ age 50) w/ Hazardous Duty Supplement
  • Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) On-the-Job Training Benefits
  • Optima health insurance and Delta Dental insurance options
  • Tuition assistance ($5,250/year max), training and educational opportunities
  • Career advancement opportunities through Career Ladder Advancement Program
  • Health Savings (HSA) and Flexible Spending accounts (medical and childcare)
  • 457 and 401(a) Deferred Compensation Plans 
  • Accrued Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Employer paid Group Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Free membership to JCC Recreation Center (cardio, weights, indoor track, pool, racquetball, etc.)
  • Uniforms and equipment provided

All other benefits may be found at http://jamescitycountyva.gov/509/Benefits 

The Police Department is accepting applications until Sept. 25 and more information can be found at https://jamescitycountyva.gov/1374/Police-Jobs

Media Contact:
Monique Myers, Assistant Police Chief
757-259-5142; monique.myers@jamescitycountyva.gov 

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