Incentive Program

WINCHESTER POLICE DEPARTMENT RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE FOR VIRGINIA CERTIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

Recruitment testing

Recruitment testing

PURPOSE

The Winchester Police Department Recruitment Incentive Program is designed to attract qualified Virginia certified Officers for employment with the Winchester Police Department. Hiring Virginia certified police officers will make a more immediate impact on staffing than new recruits that are required to complete the entire police department field training program and basic police academy. These Virginia certified police officers may also have education and training that can be applied to serving the community and training department employees.

POLICY

The Recruitment Incentive Program officer Virginia certified police officers an incentive in the form of a one time monetary bonus for joining the Winchester Police Department.    This incentive is given after employment is finalized and is not part of the base pay. The recruitment incentive amount is determined by a set system that considers the individual’s years of experience as a Virginia certified police officer, police certifications, education, and language proficiency (sign language or foreign language).

PROCEDURE

The monetary incentive offered to Virginia certified police officers hired by the Winchester Police Department will be determined based on the following criteria. The appropriate bonus amount in each category are added into one sum that will be paid to the hired Virginia certified police officer after the date of hire.

Years of Experience

Years of Experience

Incentive Amount

1-3 years

$1,700

3-6 years

$2,000

6-9 years

$2,300

9-12 years

$2,600

12 + years

$3,000

Certification Points

Certification Points

Incentive Amount

1-2 points

$250

3-5 points

$500

6-8 points

$1,000

9-10 points

$1,250

11 or more points

$1,500

Eligible Certifications

  • Advanced Traffic Crash
  • Breathalyzer Operator
  • Canine Officer
  • Certified Bicycle Officer
  • Certified Polygraph Examiner
  • Crime Prevention Officer
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • FBI National Academy Graduate
  • Field Training Officer
  • Forensic Science Academy Graduate
  • State Certified Instructor
  • Special Weapons and Tactics Certification
  • Other Certifications upon review

Certification Points System

  • 3 Certification Points

Eligible Certifications

Course Length

Canine Officer

10 week course

FBI National Academy

10 week course

Forensic Science Academy

10 week course

Certified Polygraph Examiner

8 week course

  • 2 Certification Points

Eligible Certifications

Course Length

Advanced Traffic Crash Investigator

3 week course

Special Weapons and Tactics Team

1 week course

  • 1 Certification Point

Eligible Certifications

Breathalyzer Operator

Certified Bicycle Officer

Certified School Resource Officer

Crime Prevention Officer

Crime Scene Technician

Field Training Officer

State Certified Instructor

Education

Education Level

Incentive Amount

Some College *

$250

Associate’s Degree

$500

Bachelor’s Degree

$1,000

Master’s Degree

$1,250

Doctorate

$1,500

*Minimum of 30 college credits completed to be eligible*

Language Proficiency

An additional $1,000 will be added for American Sign Language Certification of foreign language proficiency as demonstrated through successful completion of a department approved language proficiency exam.

For recruitment questions please contact:

Lt. Rob Bower

Winchester Police Department

Robert.Bower@winchesterva.gov