The City of Rutland Police Department is currently hiring for the position of Full Time Police Officer.
The City of Rutland and the Rutland City Police Department is committed to equal opportunity for all of its applicants and employees.
The Rutland City Police Department is seeking well qualified, professional people for the position of Police Officer. As an historic city nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains of Vermont, Rutland is a family oriented community with great schools, colleges and a major hospital. Downtown offers opportunities for shopping, dining, theater, musical entertainment, comedy and much more. The Rutland area has offerings for outdoor enthusiasts of every season with easy access to the Long Trail for hiking, Killington Ski Resort for skiing and mountain biking, as well as several lakes suited for water sports, camping, and public hunting areas.
We are a very diverse community with an approximate permanent population of 16,500 inhabitants, which swells to well over 30,000 daytime visitors and residents. The city, located in central Vermont approximately 20 miles from the New York state line, encompasses an area of 7.67 miles. The Rutland City Police Department enjoys an enormous amount of support from the community we serve, and the department gives back to the community by providing them with the best possible law enforcement services possible.
Our department has an authorized strength of 39 sworn members with a civilian support staff of 12 employees. The patrol division is broken down into four shifts, with each shift having an authorized strength of four patrol officers, a corporal, a sergeant, and two communications operators. The patrol division also encompasses the department’s Street Crimes Unit. Our support division includes a staff of four detectives, a detective corporal, a detective sergeant, and a civilian evidence custodian. Project VISION, a community outreach division of the police department, consists of the downtown beat officer, the school resource officer, the animal control officer and two additional civilian support members. Each division is overseen by a commander who report directly to the Chief of Police. Our police department handles, on average, approximately 13,500 calls for service each year which range from quality of life calls such as welfare checks and vehicle lockouts, to criminal calls which can include domestic violence, assaults and robberies. The officers of the Rutland City Police Department gain knowledge and experience extremely rapidly due to the fast pace and nature of the calls we respond to.
An application for employment must be completed and submitted before any consideration for this position is given. To obtain an application contact Corporal Jason Williams at Jason.Williams@vermont.gov. Applications may also be picked up at the Rutland City Police Department in person or can be downloaded from the link below. Please remember that the application process can take up to, or even exceed, six months to complete. A department member will keep in contact with you throughout the application process and is always available to answer any of your questions. If you have submitted an application and do not receive a reply indicating that your application has been received with three days, please contact Corporal Jason Williams at (802)779-7931 or email Jason.Williams@vermont.gov.
The application Process
The Rutland City Police Department has a step plan in place that all officers’ salaries are based upon. The salaries are negotiated between the Police Union and the City every two years. The current step plan has a starting salary for an officer with no experience of $21.75 per hour (called an academy rate). Upon graduating from the Vermont Police Academy and obtaining Level III Law Enforcement Certification, the pay increases to $25.52 per hour. Generally, it takes approximately 8 to 10 months from the date of hire to obtain Level III certification. Currently certified Level III officers starting salary is at least $25.52, and a currently certified Level III officer has the potential to be hired into range, at the discretion of the Chief of Police. Officers assigned to night shift also receive a night differential. All overtime hours are paid at 1 ½ times the officer’s regular hourly rate.
The Rutland City Police Department Patrol Division works 12 hour shifts, beginning at 0600 each day. Day shift is from 0600 – 1800 and night shift is from 1800 – 0600 hours. Officers assigned to the patrol division have a three day weekend every other week. Three day weekends begin on Friday, and a patrol division officer will have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off on a weekend they are not scheduled to work.
The Department recognizes 14 paid holidays per year, with three (3) of those holidays being “super holidays”. Officers who work those holidays on their regularly assigned shift are paid at two and one half times their normal rate of pay.
Employees are granted 12 sick days per year, with a maximum accumulation of 120 days (960 hours). Under the current bargaining unit agreement, employees are entitled to receive a portion of their accumulated sick time at retirement or resignation.
Employees are granted 10 annual leave days per year for their first four years. The hours an employee accrues per year increases with longevity past the four year anniversary. Employees may accumulate a maximum of 30 days (240 hours).
Employees may elect to accumulate “comp time” in lieu of cash for overtime hours worked at a rate of 1 ½ hours per hour worked for a maximum accumulation of 60 hours.
The department is regularly contracted to provide outside job services to private entities for events, road construction, and the like. The current pay rate for an officer who elects to work an outside job is $45/per hour, regardless of rank or longevity.
Employees are offered health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield with a 20% employee contribution and an 80% City contribution (beginning 30 June, 2021). Effective 1 January, 2021, the City pays 80% of any applicable deductible for medical services rendered through the plan, and the employee pays 20%. The City also offers a health insurance buyout offer for those employees who have health insurance coverage from other sources.
The City offers dental insurance to all employees and pays 60% of the insurance premium.
All employees are enrolled in a vision plan which is completely funded by the City.
The department offers a bonus for those employees who have obtained college degrees or who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
The department offers wellness incentives in the form of annual leave accumulation for officers who excel at the annual physical fitness test.
All uniforms and equipment are furnished by the department. The City pays for the cleaning of uniforms.
The department provides all required basic and in service training, and is committed to offering continuing law enforcement training to interested officers.
All officers at the Rutland City Police Department below the rank of sergeant must be members of the New England Police Benevolent Association as a condition of employment. The NEPBA is the bargaining unit for the union members of the department.
Paid Call Time:
All bargaining unit officers are generally assigned to two, twelve hour on call shifts per month. The officer is compensated at a rate of pay of 1/8th their regular hourly salary.
The Rutland City Police Department offers a pension plan to its employees under VMERS Group C. Information about Group C retirement can be found at https://www.vermonttreasurer.gov/content/retirement/vsers-plans/group-c .
Currently, the employee pays 10% of the employee’s gross pay and the City pays 13.5%.
All persons employed by the Rutland City Police Department are assigned to the Patrol Division as Patrol Officers upon their hire. The department has numerous other opportunities for the officer to expand and enhance their careers, including promotional opportunities, canine officer, detective, street crimes unit, school resource officer, downtown beat officer, domestic violence investigator, SIU (crimes against children) detective, instructor positions, and much more.
Probably the most important thing we have to offer our employees is the satisfaction of working in a fast paced and rewarding career with lots of potential for personal and professional growth. The Rutland City Police Department has a very community oriented outlook on policing, and we also work hard to take care of the people who work hard for us.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Police Officer for the City of Rutland, Vermont! Any questions regarding any part of the application and hiring process may be directed to Corporal Jason Williams at Jason.Williams@vermont.gov or by calling (802)779–7931.