Professional
Staff

About Our Job

The Vacaville Police Department employs 173 full-time of which there are 58 professional staff positions. Public Safety Dispatcher is one of the employment opportunities open to professional staff. The Communications Center is staffed by 1 Communications Manager, 4 Communications Supervisors, and 15 Public Safety Dispatchers. Public Safety Dispatchers are the first point of contact for the public. They interpret and relay information to first responders and must be ready to make split second decisions. Public Safety Dispatchers provide pre-arrival medical instructions to the public.

Professional growth is a priority for the Vacaville Police Department. Public Safety Dispatchers are required to attend at least 24 hours of POST certified training every 2 years. Public Safety Dispatchers with the Vacaville Police Department attend an in-house academy which consists of training on both dispatching police and fire personnel.

Pay & Benefits

  • Salary

    Lateral Salary Range:
    • $5,676.49 - $6,899.93

    Academy Grad Salary Range:
    • $5,155.15 - $6,266.10

    Trainee:
    • $4,629.15 to $4,872.85
  • Salary Increases

    2% COLA November 1, 2019
    2% COLA November 1, 2020

  • Pay Incentives

    • Education (sworn): AA/AS = 2.5%, BA/BS = 5%
    • Senior Officer Pay (sworn):
      Level I = 5%, Level II = 10%
    • 5% Holiday Pay
    • Bilingual Pay: 2.5%
    • $250 flat monthly shift differential for Graveyard shift
    • Post Cert pay (dispatchers): Intermediate = $155, Advanced = $310 / month
    • Uniform Allowance: sworn = $1,200, Misc = $1,075 / year
  • Benefits

    Health Insurance:
    • 2% @ 55 Formula
    • City pays up to 85% of Kaiser Bay Area rate (for single, double, or family)
    • Retiree medical coverage currently provided based on years of service at time of retirement in addition to Employer and Employee contributions to RHS Account while active

    Other (City paid):
    • Dental – Delta Dental
    • Vision – VSP
    • Life - $75,000 policy
    • Education Reimbursement – up to $1,500 per year

    Available (voluntary and employee paid):
    • Short Term Disability
    • Additional Life Insurance (employee, spouse, dependent)
    • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
    • Deferred Compensation (457)
    • AFLAC
  • Leaves

    • Vacation - 16 days accrued year 1 up to 27 days at 16+ years
    • Sick - 12 days accrued per year
  • Probation Period

    Entry level: 18 months
    Lateral: 12 months

  • Retirement

    • City does not participate in Social Security
    • 1.45% Medicare is a mandatory payroll deduction
    • City participates in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)
  • "New" CALPERS Member

    (New member = no prior PERS/reciprocal employment or a break in service greater than 6 months)

    Misc:
    • 2% @ 62 Formula
    • Employee cost = 6.25% total
    • Three year final compensation
    Safety:
    • 2.7% @ 57 Formula
    • Employee cost = 11.75% total
    • Three Year Final Compensation
  • "Classic" CALPERS Member

    (Classic member = prior PERS/reciprocal employment with less than 6 month break in service)

    Misc:
    • 2% @ 55 Formula
    • Employee cost = 7% total
    • One year final compensation
    Safety:
    • 2% @ 50 Formula
    • Employee cost = 12% total
    • Three year final compensation

Pay & Benefits

SALARY

Lateral Salary Range:
  • $5,676.49 - $6,899.93

Academy Grad Salary Range:
  • $5,155.15 - $6,266.10

Trainee:
  • $4,629.15 to $4,872.85

SALARY INCREASES

2% COLA November 1, 2019
2% COLA November 1, 2020


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PAY INCENTIVES

  • Education (sworn): AA/AS = 2.5%, BA/BS = 5%
  • Leadership Pay (sworn): Level I = 5%, Level II = 10%
  • 5% Holiday Pay
  • Bilingual Pay: 2.5%
  • $250 flat monthly shift differential for Graveyard shift
  • Post Cert pay (dispatchers): Intermediate = $155, Advanced = $310 / month
  • Uniform Allowance: sworn = $1,200, Misc = $1,075 / year

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BENEFITS

Most benefits are effective the 1st of the month following hire date
Health Insurance:
  • 2% @ 55 Formula
  • City pays up to 85% of Kaiser Bay Area rate (for single, double, or family)
  • Retiree medical coverage currently provided based on years of service at time of retirement in addition to Employer and Employee contributions to RHS Account while active
Other (City paid):
  • Dental – Delta Dental
  • Vision – VSP
  • Life - $75,000 policy
  • Education Reimbursement – up to $1,500 per year
Available (voluntary and employee paid):
  • Short Term Disability
  • Additional Life Insurance (employee, spouse, dependent)
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Deferred Compensation (457)
  • AFLAC

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LEAVES

  • Vacation - 16 days accrued year 1 up to 27 days at 16+ years
  • Sick - 12 days accrued per year

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PROBATION PERIOD

Entry level: 18 months
Lateral: 12 months


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RETIREMENT

  • City does not participate in Social Security
  • 1.45% Medicare is a mandatory payroll deduction
  • City participates in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

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“NEW” CALPERS MEMBER

(New member = no prior PERS/reciprocal employment or a break in service greater than 6 months)

Misc:
  • 2% @ 62 Formula
  • Employee cost = 6.25% total
  • Three year final compensation
Safety:
  • 2.7% @ 57 Formula
  • Employee cost = 11.75% total
  • Three Year Final Compensation

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“CLASSIC” CALPERS MEMBER

(Classic member = prior PERS/reciprocal employment with less than 6 month break in service)

Misc:
  • 2% @ 55 Formula
  • Employee cost = 7% total
  • One year final compensation
Safety:
  • 2% @ 50 Formula
  • Employee cost = 12% total
  • Three year final compensation

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Let's talk value

You cannot put a price tag on Quality of Life. Police administration and the community are truly supportive of the sworn officers and professional staff because of their commitment and work ethic. Most employees reside in Vacaville and enjoy a short 5 minute commute to the police department. This gives employees more time with their families. Additionally, employees are encouraged to attend their children’s extracurricular activities such as school functions and sporting events which creates better work / life balance.
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