benefits & salary

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Police Recruit 2024

Hourly: $31.55 (approx.)

Pay Period (Bi-weekly): $2,524.23 (approx.)

Annually: $65,630.00

Police Officer 2024

Hourly: $35.06 (approx.)

Pay Period (Bi-weekly): $2,804.80 (approx.)

Annually: $72,924.80 (approx.)

Education & Veteran Bonus

Yearly bonuses, paid 1 time each year, are made for applicants with the following degree’s:

Veterans $450

Veterans with an Honorable Discharge may receive a $450 per year bonus. May not be combined with another degree.

Associates $450

Bachelors $900

Masters $1400

Doctorate $1900

Retention (Longevity) Pay

Officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department earn longevity pay, paid once yearly, starting in year 2:

Years 2-4: $1,500.00

Year 5: $2,000.00

Years 5+: Add $100 each year till year 19 which pays $3,400.00

Years 20+: $10,000.00

Officers become vested with the City of Fort Wayne after serving 20 years. 20 years of service earns 52% of a Patrolman’s base pay, with the ability to begin drawing at the age of 52. Pension max is 76% at 32 years of service.

See complete details of the 1977 Police and Firefighter fund here:

Specialty Unit Pay (per year)

Detective Pay: $500.00

Homicide Team/Crime Scene Employees: $650

Emergency Services Team: $650

Bomb Squad: $650

Clandestine Team: $650

Critical Respond Team: $550

Fatal Traffic: $350

Public Information Officer: $350

Public Safety Response Team: $350

Air Support Unit: $500

Lateral Transfer 2023

Hourly: $30.05 (approx.)

Pay Period (Bi-weekly): $2,404.07 (approx.)

Annually: $62,505.90

Lateral candidates begin earning Patrolman Base Pay after their 6-month mark. IE at 6 months of service in 2023 a Lateral Transfer Officer will be moved to full base pay, making $69,451.00.

Lateral Transfer 2024

Hourly: $31.55 (approx.)

Pay Period (Bi-weekly): $2,524.23 (approx.)

Annually: $65,630.00

Lateral candidates begin earning Patrolman Base Pay after their 6-month mark. IE at 6 months of service in 2024 a Lateral Transfer Officer will be moved to full base pay, making $72,924.80 (approx.).

Shift Differential Pay

For employees working on second (2:00pm – 10:30pm) or third (10:00pm – 6:30am) shifts they receive a shift bonus:

2nd shift: $3300 per year

3rd shift: $6600 per year

Military Veterans – We See You

Join over 100 Veterans who currently serve on the Fort Wayne Police Department! Your service continues here.

$450 yearly bonus for Veteran’s with an Honorable Discharge.

Cannot be combined with yearly education bonus if Veteran has college degree.

Paid Military Time

Active-Duty Reservists get 15 paid military days per year with lots of flexibility.

Veterans can utilize their GI Bill/Post 911 GI Bill benefits during our Academy and FTO Training. See GI Bill Benefits under Chapter 33

Military Deployments – In the event of a long-term deployment the City of Fort Wayne will pay the difference if your active-duty pay is less than the salary you receive as a Fort Wayne Police Officer.

Starting in 2024 under Indiana House Bill 1034 members of the Armed Forces and National Guard will be exempt from state income tax on military pay.

Additional Earning Opportunities

  • Overtime is paid at time and a half of hourly rate.
  • Court time is paid at double the hourly rate.
  • Holidays are paid at time and a half, and you get the day back in your vacation bank.
    • Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and Independence Day are all paid at double time.
  • Call out team bonus*
  • FTO Pay

Health Benefits

Medical Benefits

Health Insurance

Health insurance with the FWPD is provided through Parkview Signature Care

  • Deductibles
  • Flexible Spending Account option
  • Gym Reimbursement
  • HealthiestYou option to speak to medical professionals over the phone or video conference with no cost to you.
  • Life & Accidental Death/Dismemberment disability through Symetra
  • Supplemental Accident & Sickness through Colonial Life

Vacation & time Off


  • 6 months – 1 year: 7 Days
  • 1 year thru 3 years: 12 Days
  • 4 years thru 5 years: 18 Days
  • 6 years: 19 Days and 1 additional day per year up to year 20. Capped at 34 days!

Personal Days

  • 10 per year
    • *New Recruits/Laterals begin the first year at a pro-rated number based on appointment date.
  • Sick Time
    • Unlimited with appropriate documentation from a Doctor.
      • The Chief of Police shall have the authority to initiate a disability application on behalf of any employee after two hundred seventy (270) calendar days.

Additional Benefits

Take Home Vehicle Program

Officers are provided a take home squad car, issued after completion of the FTO period and upon availability. All gas is paid for by the City of Fort Wayne. The Take Home Vehicle can be driven anywhere in Allen County, Indiana and the 6 adjacent counties.

All Equipment is Provided

We believe professionals should be equipped with professional equipment. Our full time Academy ensures you are ready serve our community. Class C MOLLE outer vest carrier, Class C nylon duty belt and accessories, Class A leather duty belt and accessories, first aid kid, individual Motorola handheld radio, Streamlight flashlight, ASP baton, Smith & Wesson double locking handcuffs, PBT, Taser (X26 or newer), Steel plated armor vest, AR15 Rifle, Mobile Data Terminal GETAC Laptops are provided in the squad cars.

The Fort Wayne Police Department is a full-service, highly sophisticated professional agency. Through innovate leadership and dedication to providing quality services, our Department maximizes its resources to provide a high-quality work environment. We give our officers the same respect and concern that we expect them to show all citizens with whom they come into contact in the line of duty.

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