The City of Minneapolis offers among the finest benefits available. Employee's benefits* include:
Employees may choose coverage from a variety of Health Care plans offered and co-paid by the City of Minneapolis. A dental plan is also provided, with the City paying the full premium. Eligibility for health care coverage typically occurs the first day of the full month following 30 days of employment. For example, if an employees first day is March 27 th, they would become eligible on May 1st.
The City provides each employee with a $10,000 policy at no cost to the employee. Employees may purchase additional coverage up to five times the employee's annual salary. Life insurance for dependents is also available.
The City offers tax free withholding for health and life insurance premiums and a tax free spending account for health care and day care expenses.
Employees who meet eligibility requirements contribute to a pension plan. Each pay period a certain percentage of your income goes to the pension plan through payroll deduction. The City matches that amount and contributes an additional percentage of your salary. While the City’s contributions are not credited to your individual account, they are used to help fund your future pension.
Vacation and Time Off
- Vacation Leave is earned at one day per month, available for use after six months of continuous service. Additional vacation is earned based on years of service.
- Military Leave is given in accordance with State law and time spent on military leave will not affect seniority.
- Sick Leave is earned at one day per month, available for use after six months of continuous service.
- Holidays: City employees receive 12 paid holidays per year.
Special Duty Time is when an employee is excused from regular duties to perform special activities, like training courses, seminars, official union business, canine trials, etc.
Special duty may be for all or part of a workday. The Training Unit facilitates all training in the department, to maintain professional standards, legal requirements and professional development for MPD personnel.
As a City employee you and the members of your family are eligible to join the Wings Financial Credit Union. Since the Wings Financial is an employee-sponsored and employee-managed savings and loan group, members get better interest rates, lower fees, and many services not found at a commercial bank.
Deferred Compensation (457 Plan)
A deferred compensation program is a voluntary retirement savings vehicle which allows an eligible employee to set aside a part of his or her salary, invest it, and have it paid to him or her at a later date.
Health Club Membership
All eligible police officers receive an individual membership at Lifetime Fitness paid for by the City. Officers may choose an alternate health club from a list of eligible health clubs and the City will pay dues equal to the amount of Lifetime Fitness. Newly hired officers are eligible for membership upon completion of their training.
Longevity pay is an hourly salary increase based on years of service to the MPD. At the beginning of the eighth year of service, police officers qualify for longevity pay.
Off-Duty (Outside) Employment
As a member of the Minneapolis Police Department, your primary duty and responsibility as an employee is, at all times, your full-time job. Irregular work schedules can make it difficult to maintain outside employment. However, police officers can receive approval to take off-duty uniform jobs to earn extra income.
Recruit/Cadet officers are generally prohibited from off-duty employment while attending the Police Academy. Read more about Off-Duty Employment in the MPD Policy Manual.
As the largest law enforcement employer in the State of Minnesota, there are many assignments and career opportunities to pursue in the Minneapolis Police Department. See Specialty Units.
Employees in the ranks of Patrol Officer and Sergeant are entitled to a lump some payment upon receiving a satisfactory performance evaluation. For Sergeants and Patrol Officers who have completed 7 years of service with the department, the performance pay is equal to 2% of the employee's base annual wage. For sergeants and patrol officers who have not yet completed 7 years of service with the department, the performance pay is equal to 1% of the employee's base annual wage.
Shift Differential Pay
Police officers who work a scheduled shift in which a majority of the work hours fall between the hours of 6:00pm and 6:00am are paid a shift differential based on the current labor contract.
Uniform Reimbursement Allowance
MPD Officers are entitled to reimbursement for the purchase price of uniforms and equipment as determined by contract negotiations.
* Specific information on City of Minneapolis Benefit plans are negotiated with our labor unions.
For more details about benefits and salary, see the Police Officers' Federation of Minneapolis Labor Agreement.
Last updated May 8, 2012