Hiring Incentives

The City of Independence has authorized a Hiring Incentive program for Police Officers.  The program is available to Recruit Police Officers as well as experienced officers with Missouri POST Certification.

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Recruit Police Officers

New Police Recruit Hiring Incentive The signing bonus will be $7,000 payment*  to new police recruits hired by IPD with no prior experience who complete the following:

1) Complete an IPD application for employment.

2) Complete all stages of the police officer hiring process

3) Complete all In-House Academy training

4) Complete all required phases of the Field Training Officer (FTO) program.

5) A suspension of 12 or more hours (excluding at-fault traffic accidents will result in             program disqualification

New police recruits’ payment schedule.

1) $2,000 will be paid on their first paycheck after being formally hired.

2) $2,000 will be paid upon successful completion of their probationary period.

3) $3,000 will be paid upon the start of the 3rd year with the City.

Experienced Police Officers

Experienced Police Officers hired by the IPD will receive a $10,000 payment* who meet the following:

1) Currently has passed the Missouri Peace Officer License Exam and has their Missouri Peace Officer License

2) Has previously worked in the position of Police Officer for a law enforcement agency in the last 5 years and meets the Missouri eligibility requirements to take and pass the Missouri Police Officer Licensing Exam.

3) Currently enrolled and attending a P.O.S.T. approved law enforcement academy.

Experienced police officer payment schedule:

1) $4,000 will be paid on their first paycheck after being formally hired.

2) $3,000 will be paid upon successful completion of their probationary period.

3) $3,000 will be paid upon the start of the lateral officer's 3rd year with the City.

* The new hire will be expected to maintain employment with the City of Independence for a minimum of 4 years. Any new hire failing to complete their probationary period may be required to pay back a prorated portion of the hiring incentive. If a new hire fails to maintain employment (for any reason except for death, illness, or work injury for the four-year period, he or she will be required to forfeit any remaining signing bonus and will be responsible for reimbursing the City for the entire bonus.

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