Sworn
Officers

About Our Job

The Vacaville Police Department employs 173 full-time employees of which there are 115 sworn positions. Officers primarily work patrol which includes crime prevention, responding to calls for service, and enforcing state laws and municipal codes. Officers are expected to provide the best possible service to the community.

Professional growth is a priority at the Vacaville Police Department. Officers attend department training on a regular basis and are encouraged to seek training outside of the department. Officers are given the opportunity to take on projects, develop programs, and participate in teams such as Social Media and Recruitment.

Officers interested in working in specialized units and/or adjunct duties are encouraged to apply when positions become available. A list of the specialized units and adjunct duties are provided below.

Specialty Assignments

Numerous opportunities for specialty assignments and adjunct duties.

  • Investigations
  • K-9 Handler
  • School Resource Officer
  • VICE Detective
  • Traffic Officer
  • SVU Detective
  • Community Response Unit Officer
  • SWAT Operator
  • Crisis/Hostage Negotiator
  • FTO
  • Bike Patrol
  • Mobile Field Force
  • Rifle/Firearms Instructor
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Honor Guard
  • Cadet Advisor
  • and many more!

Officers earn additional pay for some specialty assignments, and credit towards additional seniority pay from adjunct positions.

Pay & Benefits

  • Salary

    Police Officer:
    • $88,593.36 to $107,622 per year

    Police Officer Academy Graduate:
    • Police Officer Academy Graduate: $77,443.08 per year

    Police Officer Trainee:
    • $60,936.84 per year
  • 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

Police Officer:
  • $88,593.36 to $107,622 per year
Police Officer Academy Graduate:
  • Police Officer Academy Graduate: $77,443.08 per year
Police Officer Trainee:
  • $60,936.84 per year

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%
  • 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

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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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