Thank you for considering employment with the Highland Police Department. Applications are available from the Records Department (Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.) beginning Monday, January 23, 2012. Applications must be submitted in person (someone else may drop it off for you) Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM only, as a $25.00 cash application fee must be paid at the time it is submitted. We will not accept applications by mail or after hours. No applications will be accepted after noon on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
Please read the following information carefully and be sure you can attend all phases of the testing process before turning in your application.
In order for us to consider you as an applicant, you must:
The orientation, physical agility test, and written test will all be administered on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln Street in Highland. (Lincoln Street is at the first stop light south of Ridge Road on Indianapolis Boulevard. Turn east on Lincoln Street, go one-half block, Lincoln Center is on your right).
Please be prompt for all phases of the process – absolutely no one will be admitted after the orientation begins, and your application will not be considered further if you fail to attend the orientation or take the agility test or written test. A picture I.D. will be required at the door for registration and both the agility and written tests. Dress is casual. Extra credit will be given to those who have military experience and have been honorably discharged. You must present your DD214 form at the written test in order to qualify for this credit.
12:00 Noon – 12:45 P.M. – Registration
1:00 P.M. – Orientation followed by the Written Exam
4:30 P.M. – Registration followed by Physical Agility Test at 5:00 P.M.
All applicants must submit the attached consent form and physician’s referral form before being allowed to complete the physical agility test. Please do not sign your consent form until you register for this test. Our personnel will act as your witness. The physician’s referral must be signed by your physician or nurse practitioner (not a nurse). Failure to comply will disqualify the applicant from further processing. Applicants must meet the below listed standards in all categories in order to continue the hiring process. The evaluation is designed to assess the following:
1. Vertical Jump 16 inches
2. One Minute Sit Up 29
3. 300 Meter Run 71 seconds
4. Maximum Push Up 25
5. 1.5 Mile Run 16 minutes, 28 seconds
All appointments to the Highland Police Department are of a probationary status for the first year. You will be required to sign a Probationary Officer Waiver:
PROBATIONARY OFFICER WAIVER
Pursuant to IC 36-8-4-12, all appointments to the Police Department shall be of a probationary status for a period not to exceed one year. The Board of Police Commissioners may at any time during the probationary period, upon written recommendation from the Chief of Police, find that my conduct or capacity is not satisfactory. I acknowledge that on written receipt that I have been suspended and that I will not receive permanent appointment, my employment will cease immediately. As a probationary officer, I shall not be entitled to a hearing or the due process rights that are afforded to a permanent officer. I hereby waive all rights to a due process hearing or further appeal.
You will also be required to sign a Training Reimbursement Agreement:
TRAINING REIMBURSEMENT AGREEMENT
WHEREAS, the Town makes a substantial investment in terms of time and money in providing for the training of newly hired, non-certified officers to the Police Department; and
WHEREAS, the Town is entitled to expect a reasonable return on such investment, in terms of the commitment and devotion to duty of the prospective officer; and
WHEREAS, it has become more prevalent, with the advent of the transfer of pension rights, pursuant to statute, for officers to leave the Police Department and community which has provided for their training prior to a reasonable commitment of time;
NOW THEREFORE, IT IS AGREED AS FOLLOWS:
1. The Officer agrees to participate in training, which may consist of any or all of the following:
(a) Indiana State Police Academy, located at Plainfield, Indiana or the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy located in Hobart, Indiana for a period of fifteen (15) weeks;
(b) In-house (F.T.O.) training;
and to successfully complete such training and obtain the necessary and appropriate certification. The Officer then agrees to serve as a Probationary Patrol Officer, and subsequently, as a police officer in the Town of Highland in any duty assignment prescribed. Said Officer does further agree to devote full-time to the training and subsequent service and to perform all assignments in a satisfactory manner.
2. The Town agrees to make available to the Officer the law enforcement training set forth above, and to be responsible for and pay all related expenses in connection therewith, including food and lodging on the premises while the Officer is in training, if required, and further, to provide in-house training for the Officer during those periods of time that said Officer is employed with the Town, but not attending the training academy.
Inasmuch as the cost and expenses related to the training and outfitting of the Officers are difficult to ascertain with any degree of certainty, due to the continual change and increase in expenses, so that a breach of this Agreement by the Officer would be difficult to assess, said Officer agrees to pay to the Town the sum as listed below, not as a penalty but as agreed upon liquidated damages, in the event that said Officer terminates said employment with the Town within the first 36 months subsequent to taking the oath of office. Any monies owed the town of Highland must be paid in full within 60 days after the last day of employment.
Resigns with less than 12 full months of employment – $9,000.00
Resigns with at least 12 full months but fewer than 24 full months of employment - $6,000.00
Resigns with at least 24 full months but fewer than 36 months of employment - $3,000.00
The Metropolitan Board of Police Commissioners reserves the right to waive any and/or all of the damages at their discretion.
3. In no event shall liquidated damages, as set forth above, be assessed if the Officer fails to satisfactorily complete the police academy, or terminates his or her employment during the first 36 months, due to a disabling illness or injury, verified by a competent physician.
4. The exceptions as set forth in paragraph 4 above shall not apply in the event that there is substantial evidence that the Officer has been dismissed as a result of misrepresenting his or her basic qualifications for employment, or has caused his or her dismissal, failure, illness or injury in an attempt to avoid payment of liquidated damages set forth above.
5. Damages assessed herein will be pro-rated according to the amount of training completed, in the event said damages should become payable prior to the Officer taking the oath of office at the completion of the training period at the police academy.
6. Said Officer acknowledges that he or she meets the basic qualifications for employment as set forth below:
(a) U. S. citizen;
(b) High school diploma or equivalent thereof;
(c) No felony convictions;
(d) Valid Indiana driver’s license;
(e) Weight proportionate to height;
(f) Must pass written test;
(g) Oral interview with Commissioners and Chief;
(h) Extensive background search;
(i) Polygraph examination;
(j) Must pass psychological test;
(k) Must pass physical test.
(l) Must be at least 21 years of age and not older than 35 years of age when hired
7. Said Officer also states that the information placed on his or her formal application and that given to personnel conducting any background investigation is accurate and complete to the best of his or her knowledge and belief.
8. In the event that the Officer is called to active military duty, or has his or her probationary period extended for any reason whatsoever, or further, is granted a leave of absence during any period of time contemplated by this Agreement, the period of said Agreement shall be extended accordingly.
9. This Agreement shall become effective upon the taking of the oath of office by said Officer, and shall remain in full force and effect for 36 months following administration of the oath of office, unless extended as provided in paragraph 9 above.
10. This Agreement is to be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Indiana, and embodies the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and each party acknowledges that there are no inducements, promises, terms, conditions or obligations made or entered into other than those contained herein.
Salaries in 2012
An applicant with twelve months or less of law enforcement experience, or no law enforcement experience, will be hired as a Patrol Officer 4. An applicant with law enforcement certification recognized by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board and with more than twelve months of full-time law enforcement experience may be hired as a Patrol Officer 3.
Patrol Officer 4 $1,476.71 biweekly (approximately $38,394 annually)
Patrol Officer 3 $1,630.25 biweekly (approximately $42,386 annually)
Patrol Officer 2 $1,741.02 biweekly (approximately $45,267 annually)
Patrol Officer 1 $1,974.00 biweekly (approximately $51,324 annually)
Lance Corporal $2,021.67 biweekly (approximately $52,563 annually)
Corporal $2,067.86 biweekly (approximately $53,764 annually)
Sergeant $2,190.68 biweekly (approximately $56,957 annually)
Commander $2,313.49 biweekly (approximately $60,150 annually)
Chief $2,675.13 biweekly (approximately $69,550 annually)
Completion of 4 consecutive years $4.80 per bi-weekly pay
Completion of 7 consecutive years $14.40 per bi-weekly pay
Completion of 10 consecutive years $19.20 per bi-weekly pay
Completion of 13 consecutive years $23.20 per bi-weekly pay
Completion of 16 consecutive years $28.00 per bi-weekly pay
Completion of 18 consecutive years $32.80 per bi-weekly pay
Completion of 20 consecutive years $40.00 per bi-weekly pay
Completion of 22 consecutive years $46.40 per bi-weekly pay
No vacation for the first twelve months of employment. The number of days of vacation after the first year anniversary depends on the month hired:
January 10 days
February 10 days
March 9 days
April 8 days
May 7 days
June 6 days
July 5 days
August 4 days
September 3 days
October 2 days
November 1 day
December 0 days
The following year you will receive 10 days vacation.
With five years of employment, you will receive 15 days vacation.
With ten years of employment, you will receive 20 days vacation.
With twenty years of employment, you will receive 25 days vacation.
Example: Hired 4-1-04
On 4-1-05, you will receive 8 days of vacation
All uniforms and equipment are provided the first twelve months. You will receive $237.50 per quarter thereafter.
Currently six personal days after one year of employment and six days each year thereafter. Personal days are cumulative up to a maximum of twenty days and if not used will be paid at the employee’s current rate upon retirement or termination.
Ten days per year.
The first year of employment, you will be allowed to schedule the number of recognized holidays remaining in the year after your hiring date. The Town of Highland recognizes the following holidays:
New Year’s Day Labor Day
President’s Day Thanksgiving Day
Good Friday Day after Thanksgiving
Memorial Day Christmas Eve
Fourth of July Christmas Day
Medical insurance is provided on the first day of the month following completion of 30 days on the job.
Example: Hired May 1st – insurance coverage begins June 1st
Hired May 15th – insurance coverage begins July 1st
Hired May 30th – insurance coverage begins July 1st
Your cost will be:
For you alone 1% of your salary
You and your spouse 2% of your salary
You, your spouse, and children 3% of your salary
You and your children 2% of your salary
Group dental coverage is provided at no additional cost. Life insurance is provided for all employees at a cost to you of $1.00 per year. No vision plan is provided.
If you are unable to work as the result of injury or illness, you may qualify for disability pay once you have been employed for at least one year. The first three days of your disability are not paid unless you chose to use personal business days, comp time, or vacation days. If your disability pay is approved by the Town Council and the Chief, you will be eligible for the following:
Length of Continuous Service Weeks at 100% Pay Weeks at 60% Pay
1 yr but less than 5 yrs 4 8
5 yrs but less than 10 yrs 8 8
10 yrs but less then 15 yrs 10 10
15 yrs but less than 20 yrs 13 13
20 yrs but less than 25 yrs 16 16
25 yrs and over 20 20
Per Indiana Code 36-8-9-4 (e) (1), members of the Police Department must reside in Indiana within:
1. the county in which the town is located
2. a county that is contiguous to the county in which the town is located
(These forms must be completed prior to fitness testing)