Salary & Benefits
Competitive SalaryYou will find the salary and benefits of the Lafayette Police Department very competitive compared to many other departments in the area. This year the salary for recruit officers is set at $56,165; 2nd year officers will receive $59,447. After 2 years of service, officers are designated as "first class" and will receive a salary of $66,009. These figures are for the calendar year 2020.
BenefitsIn addition to base salary each officer may qualify for specialty pay of $500 in up to 3 designated specialty fields. Generous vacation and time off is another benefit. Each officer begins with 60 hours of personal time in addition to 2 weeks paid vacation after completing 1 year. Vacation time builds to a maximum of 6 weeks after 17 years of service.
ShiftsPatrol officers work 12 hour shifts with rotating days off. Patrol officers have every other Friday, Saturday and Sunday as regularly scheduled days off.
Uniforms & EquipmentEach new officer is issued uniforms and equipment at no cost to the officer. Following the 1st year of service officers receive a uniform upkeep/replacement allowance of $2,000 per year and are expected to maintain their equipment in top condition.
Take Home Vehicles
First class officers that live within the City of Lafayette will be issued a take home vehicle. In addition to officers living within the city limits, certain specialties, command personnel, and detectives are issued take home vehicles as an additional benefit.