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Salary & Benefits

The City of Kirkland Police Department is one of the best-paid departments in the State of Washington, with excellent benefits and generous incentives. Currently, we offer a $16,000 hiring bonus to new lateral police officers! The $16,000 hiring bonus is payable in three (3) separate installments:

$5,000 to be paid on the first paycheck following the officer's hire.
$5,000 to be paid after successful completion of the field training program.
$6,000 to be paid upon successful completion of the probationary period.

Rates and incentives for 2019 are:

Salary
Patrol Officer I .................................... $7,529
Patrol Officer II ................................... $7,069
Patrol Officer III .................................. $6,604
Patrol Officer IV .................................. $6,252
Starting Officer ................................... $5,774

NOTE: Lateral entry officers start at Patrol Officer III or Patrol Officer IV pay grade depending on experience.

Education Incentive
AA Degree ........................................... 1.0%
BA/BS Degree ..................................... 3.5%
Graduate Degree ................................ 4.5%

Physical Fitness Incentive ... 1.0%
Employees shall be eligible for a physical fitness incentive as provided in the Kirkland Police Guild Labor Agreement.

Accreditation Incentive ....... 1.0%

Night Shift Differential ........ 1.0%
A premium of 1 percent will be added to the monthly rate of pay for employees who are assigned to the patrol night shift.

Special Assignment Incentive
Detective ............................................. 4.0%
Traffic Officer ...................................... 4.0%
K-9 Handler ......................................... 4.0%
Pro-Act Officer .................................... 3.0%
Training Officer, SRO, NRO ................ 2.0%

Auxiliary Duty Incentive
Firearms Instructor ............................ 1.0%
Defensive Tactics Instructor .............. 1.0%
SWAT (SRT or HNT) ............................. 1.0%

Longevity Pay (Monthly)
Years 5 through 9 ............................... 2.5%
Years 10 through 14 ........................... 4.0%
Years 15 through 19 ........................... 6.0%
Years 20 through 24 ........................... 8.0%
25 years or more ................................. 9.0%

Vacation (hours per year)
First year of employment ................. 104 hours
Years 2 through 4 .............................. 104 hours
Years 5 through 7 .............................. 128 hours
Years 8 through 10 ............................ 136 hours
Years 11 through 13 .......................... 144 hours
Years 14 through 16 .......................... 160 hours
Years 17 through 19 .......................... 176 hours
Twentieth year of employment ........ 192 hours

Holidays
Twelve days per year. In addition, employees who actually work Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year's Day are paid at a rate of one and one-half times the employee's hourly rate.

Medical/Dental/Vision
The City pays the full premium cost of medical/dental/vision plans for the employee and family (two medical plans to choose from). Flexible Medical Spending and Retirement Medical accounts are available.

Uniforms and Equipment
Each officer is completely outfitted upon appointment and is provided replacements as needed. Uniform cleaning is provided free of charge.

Retirement
State LEOFF II + MEBT

Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters State Retirement Plan II (LEOFF II) is the current retirement system. Employees are eligible for vested retirement after five years of service and attainment of age 53, the amount equaling 2 percent of the final average salary for each year of service. The City's employees elected to withdraw from the Social Security system and invest in the Municipal Employee's Benefit Trust Fund (MEBT), which matches and exceeds the benefits under Social Security. Employee contributions are matched by the City. Upon retirement or separation, the employee is allowed to collect all of his/her trust fund contributions, plus the vested portion of the City's contribution. After seven years, the employee is fully vested in the City's matching contribution.

Here is the formula we will use to calculate your monthly benefit:
   Service credit months ÷ 12 x 2% x Final Average Salary* = Monthly Benefit

* Average your monthly salary from the highest-paid 60 consecutive months in which you earned service credit. Usually, this is your last 60 months of service.

Life Insurance
The City provides life insurance for the officer at a benefit of two times the officer salary.

Police Department
11750 NE 118th St, Kirkland WA 98034

General Inquiries
Email: police@kirklandwa.gov
For police, fire, and emergency medical services, call 9-1-1
Non-emergency incident: 425-577-5656