Police / Benefits

In addition to getting all the benefits of being a City Employee, the Police Department enjoys some other great perks!


  • Annual Salary: $60,000
  • State Incentive: $4,300 (after academy graduation)
  • Future Certifications:  additional $2,500 – $5,000
  • Lateral Transfer: up to $12,000 incentive

City-Issued Equipment and Uniforms

Everything you need to be a police officer, including your uniforms from your badge to your socks is provided by the Department. Need something new? Just ask and we’ll order it.

Take Home Vehicle

As long as you live 35 miles from Headquarters.

Flexible Holidays

As you transition to becoming a police officer, you and your family will decide when the best time is to celebrate holidays with 8 floating holidays each year.

Cash-Out Program

Didn’t get to use your floating holidays or personal days? Just cash them out. Other programs include cashing out comp time and vacation hours!


Access to the multiple fitness centers with all the equipment you need to stay in top shape. One fitness center is at Parks and Recreation, one is inside the Police Department.


Multiple opportunities to learn new skills and department-paid training. Check out our list of Specialized Units to explore some of those opportunities!

Certification Pay

Certifications granted by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council earn police officers more money. Advanced Police Officers earn $2,500 certification pay each year and Master Police Officers earn $5,000 certification pay each year.

Shift Differential

Police officers and their supervisors that are assigned to “C” shift (11 p.m. – 7 a.m.) earn an additional $1.50 per hour.

Paid Leave

New police officers accrue paid leave starting the month after they are hired. Paid leave accruals increase with time in service.

  • Vacation (120 hours)
  • Sick (96 hours)
  • Holidays (64 hours)
  • Personal (16 hours)

Learn about City of Bowling Green Benefits for insurance.