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MPD Opportunities and Benefits

Build Your Career with the Mishawaka Police Department

Career advancement possibilities are abundant within the Mishawaka Police Department. We also offer a comprehensive salary and benefits package including competitive pay, clothing/equipment allowance, paid vacation and overtime, compensatory time accrual, health-dental-vision insurance and membership in the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS).

  • Uniform Division / Road Patrol
  • Investigative Bureau
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Community Relations Unit
  • School Resource Officer
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Crime Scene Photographer
  • K-9 Unit
  • W.A.T
  • Traffic Division
  • ILEA Instructor (General, EVO, Firearms, Physical Tactics, STOPS)
  • ILEA Instructor
  • Honor Guard 
  • Special Victims Unit (SVU)
  • Hostage Negotiator
  • Critical Incident Team
  • Hiring / Recruiting Team
  • FACT (Fatal Alcohol Crash Team)
  • Drug Recognition Enforcement
  • Training Division
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Background Investigator
  • Field Training Officer (FTO)
    • Compensatory time accrual
    • All overtime is paid at DOUBLE (2.0) time. Training OT is paid at 1.5
    • Membership in Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS)
    • Take-home car program after first year of employment (Laterals after FTO completion)
    • Retirement at 52 years of age with 20 years of service (Retirees receive FREE insurance)
    • Deferred compensation matches up to 1%
    • Recruit (post-hire & during academy) –  $47,304
    • Probationary Officer (after swearing in) –  $56,009
    • 2nd Class Patrol Officer (after first year) –  $61,657
    • 1st Class Patrol Officer (after third year) –  $69,065
    • All uniforms and equipment furnished first year
    • $2,050 per year clothing allowance after first year
    • $1,250 per year equipment allowance after first year
    • Everside Health Clinic- Free for employee and dependents
    • Good insurance plans with low premiums
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance
    • 60 paid sick days
    • Incentive pay for: Shift differential, Specialties, Living in Mishawaka city limits ($2,500)
    • Strong Collective Bargaining Agreement
    • New police station with state-of-the-art workout room
    • Flexible Spending Account availability for healthcare and dependent care 
    • Paid vacations:
      • 1 year but less than 5 years – 2 weeks 
      • 5 years but less than 10 years – 3 weeks 

      • 10 years but less than 15 years – 4 weeks

      • 15 years but less than 20 years – 5 weeks 

      • 20 years and more – 6 weeks

Employees shall be entitled to paid vacation as follows:

  • One year but less than five years – 2 weeks paid vacation
  • Five years but less than 10 years – 3 weeks paid vacation
  • 10 years but less than 15 years – 4 weeks paid vacation
  • 15 years but less than 20 years – 5 weeks paid vacation
  • 20 years and more – 6 weeks paid vacation

60 paid sick days per year.

Overtime earned will be reimbursed to the police officer either in money or compensatory time off from duty at the rate of (2x) double the actual overtime worked by the officer.

When a new officer is hired, the city will furnish the officer with a complete clothing issue and all equipment necessary to perform the job. After the completion of one year of service, the officer shall be entitled to allowances for the maintenance and replacement of uniform and equipment. The clothing allowance is paid in two equal installments per year. The equipment allowance is paid once annually.

Several different insurance plans covering hospitalization, dental and vision are available through the City of Mishawaka.

Any full-time police officer hired after May 1, 1977, must participate in the Public Employee’s Retirement Fund created in 1977 and administered by the State of Indiana.