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Police Benefits

Certified Police Officers

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Starting Salaries

Starting salaries for certified police officers with full-time law enforcement experience are as follows:

Police Officer Step Plan

Fiscal Year 2024

Health and Supplemental Benefits

Pay for Performance Annual Step Increases

Employees meeting the Town’s Pay for Performance guidelines may be eligible to receive an annual step increase.

Performance Bonus Program

Employees may be eligible for an annual performance bonus based on job performance. The maximum amount payable is $6,000. Employees become eligible for the performance bonus payment on December 1, following five years of employment with the Town.

Vacation Leave

Generous vacation bank to account for missed holidays due to shift work. Hours cap is 264 hours per year and accrual schedule based on years of service. 1 to 4 years of employment - 184 hours. 5 to 9 years of employment - 224 hours. 10 to 14 years of employment - 240 hours. 15 and more years - 264 hours.

Sick Leave

96 hours sick leave per year, accrued on a pay-period basis. Forty (40) hours per year may be used for illness of an immediate family member.

Paid Time Off (PTO) & Bereavement

Employees receive 32 hours personal time per calendar year and are entitled to bereavement leave that consists of 3 days for an in-state funeral, 5 days for out of state (immediate family).

Paid Parental Leave

Employees will receive six (6) weeks of paid parental leave to be used at any point within the first twelve months following the birth or adoption of a child.

Shift Bid & Overtime

Shift bid selection 3 times a year based on seniority. Numerous opportunities for special assignment overtime jobs available throughout the year.

Paid Basic Life Benefits

Basic life and AD&D at no cost to the employee. Life insurance is provided in the amount of one times the employee’s annual gross earnings, rounded to the next higher $1,000, up to $100,000. The Town will supplement the insurance payout in the event the employee earnings do not equal $100,000, providing the employee’s beneficiary at least $100,000 of coverage

Supplemental Life Benefits

Supplemental term life for employee, spouse and eligible dependents are also available. Enrollment includes access to resources such as Travel Assistance, Legal Financial & Grief Counseling, Legacy Planning and Beneficiary Financial Counseling.

Short Term Disability Benefits

Provides a benefit of 66.67% of employee's weekly earnings up to a benefit maximum of 1,000 per week. The benefit begins on the 15th day after the employee is disabled due to non-work related injury or illness. The maximum benefit period is 24 weeks.

Paid Long Term Disability

The Town provides Long Term Disability (LTD) insurance at no cost to all eligible employees through Prudential. The LTD benefit pays a percentage of monthly earnings if employee becomes disabled due to an illness or non-work related injury.

Military Leave

Active military service leave of absence not to exceed one year and will receive full pay from the Town for the first 30 days of active duty in a calendar year. Annual active duty for training leave compensated by the Town at regular pay not to exceed 240 working hours per year.

24-hour Fitness Center

The fitness center is located on the first floor of the central Fire Station across the street from Town Hall and the Police Department. The gym provides standard set of equipment including treadmills, stationery bikes, etc. Weight machines, dumbbells, and free weights are also available. An on-duty workout program exists for sworn personnel.

Education Incentive Program

Employees are eligible after one year of service. Reimbursement for tuition based upon grade received. Reimbursement is limited to the current tuition charged by either Palm Beach State College for similar state college programs or Florida Atlantic University for similar university programs.

Health Benefits

Two open access network plan options available that include in and out-of-network coverage. New employees are eligible on the first of the month following the date of hire. Prescription plans are also offered. Reduced premiums are available for those employees who participate in the Town’s wellness program. Telehealth, Dental Vision, Flexible Spending and Domestic partner coverage on all medical, dental and vision plans.

Employee Assistance Program Dedicated to First Responders

100% employer paid, confidential counseling sessions to assist employees and their families with personal and work-life issues such as marital problems, parent-child conflicts and substance abuse. In addition, other resources such as legal support, financial planning and various work-life solutions are available. Work-life solutions include child and elder care, moving, pet care, college planning, home repair, buying a car, planning an event, selling a house and more.

Employee Clinic

Town clinic available for employee urgent care services with no out-of-pocket cost to the employee. Comprehensive and detailed preventative wellness physical provided annually at no cost

Other Employee Perks and Discount Programs

Employer discount code for Working Advantage discount program. Resident rates on Camp Palm Beach registrations and access to donated scholarship funds when available

Retirement Benefits

Retirement Plan

The Town offers a defined benefit plan for Sworn Police Officers. Benefits include an average final compensation multiplied by 2.75% for each year of credited service. Sworn Police employees working more than 1850 hours per fiscal year are required to contribute 8.5% of wages each fiscal year. The Town funds the defined benefit plan based on recommendations made within the annual actuarial valuation. The retirement system requires a minimum of ten years vesting to become eligible for benefits. Additional details regarding retirement benefits are outlined in the Town Code of Ordinances and the summary annual reports that are made available to all employees and the public on the internet on an annual basis

Retirement Health Savings Plan (RHSP)

Eligible Town employees will make a 1% payroll deduction into the RHSP health benefit savings plan. The plan allows an employee to accumulate money to pay for medical expenses for him/herself, spouse and/or dependents (e.g., health insurance and prescription expenses) upon separation or retirement on a tax-free basis. The contribution amount increases to 2% for those with 10 or more years of service. 

Optional 457 Deferred Compensation Savings Plan

An optional 457 tax deferred savings plan and Roth IRA offered through MissionSquare are available. These provides for long-term savings plan with a variety of investment options available for employees to elect voluntarily at any time during their employment.

Palm Beach Police and the Community

Palm Beach Police and Fire Foundation

The Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Town of Palm Beach First Responders and the community at large. Please see this website for information on benefits the Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation offers to our first responders outside of the Town’s benefit package