Benefits

Starting Salary
  • $44,889 per year (while attending the Police Academy)
  • $47,134 per year (upon completion of the Police Academy)
Vacation
Employees are entitled to vacation as follows:
  • 1 - 4 years of service - 10 days
  • 5 - 9 years of service - 15 days
  • 10 - 14 years of service - 20 days
  • 15 years of service - 25 days
  • 15+ years of service - 25 days plus one additional day for each successive year of accumulated service in the following year
Holidays
There are 10 1/2 paid holidays (half day on Christmas Eve) at the "double-time and a half" rate, as well as three floating holidays per year.

Sick Leave
Twelve days of sick leave are provided per year.

Health Insurance
A variety of programs are currently available with varied levels of co-pay. The insurance starts on the first day of the month after 90 days of completed service. Benefits are also provided to the employee upon retirement along with credit for the retiree's spouse.

Life Insurance
Life insurance is provided by the county in the amount of one and one-half times your salary. The minimum benefit is $50,000, and the maximum benefit is $200,000.

Additional Benefits
Salary increases each year dependent upon appropriate negotiated increases and/or merit increases. Credit Union, blood bank, dental plan, limited tuition reimbursement, savings bonds, deferred compensation plan, additional life insurance policies, and flexible spending accounts are optional benefits. Sick leave, disability, intensive care, hospital indemnity, and cancer insurance are also available. Shift premium paid for shifts other than day work. Officers are also provided with:
  • Take-home vehicles
  • Laptop computers
  • Uniforms provided and maintained
Contact Numbers
New Castle County Office of Human Resources: 302-395-5180
Recruiter: 302-395-8140