Career Opportunities

Officers of the Lincoln Police Department are afforded with many opportunities to develop their careers. Along with the City's college incentive program and the department's in-service training, officers are able to compete for promotional positions. All promotions are based upon merit, as determined by a competitive promotional process administered by the City of Lincoln Human Resources Department.

A number of specialized positions in the department are available to qualified officers as openings occur. These specialized positions can be in the following units: Crime Prevention, Criminal Investigations, Education and Personnel, Special Victims, K-9, Narcotics, Traffic Safety, Technical Investigations and others.

The Lincoln Police Department presently consists of approximately 500 total employees (353 sworn, 150 civilian). The department maintains a police garage, weapons range, weight training facility, classrooms, computer lab and criminal justice library.

If you are interested in finding out more information about becoming employed by the Lincoln Police Department, please contact us by filling out our information request form.



Employee Representation

Lincoln Police Officers are represented by the Lincoln Police Union.

Uniforms and Equipment

Provided at no cost to the employee.


The current officer pay range is from $57,507/year up to $81,290/year. In addition, employees are paid at the rate of time and one-half for all overtime hours. A minimum of two hours of overtime is provided when an employee is called in off-duty, unless it is a regular day off or a vacation day, then a minimum of four hours of overtime pay is granted. Standby pay is also a contract provision.

Lateral Entry

On the recommendation of the chief of police, applicants with more than one (1) year of continuous, full time law enforcement experience may be approved to begin employment at a higher pay grade. This recommendation will be based on the applicant's years of experience as a certified law enforcement officer, the applicant's current base salary and the state which has issued the applicant's law enforcement certification.

Educational Pay

An employee will receive $300 for an Associate Degree and $750 for a Bachelor Degree annually. An employee may also be reimbursed for approved college courses.

Bilingual Pay

If an officer is able to demonstrate proficiency to interpret conversations in other eligible languages they may receive bilingual pay of $100 per month.

Longevity Pay

An employee will receive an additional $700 annually beginning with the eighth year of service. This longevity pay will increase at the completion of 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service with the top end longevity pay at $3,300 annually.

Uniform Cleaning

Officers receive $35/month allowance for the cleaning of uniforms.


Body Armor

Officers are reimbursed up to $800 for the purchase of protective body armor once every five years. The body armor is the property of the individual officer after one year of service.


After successful completion of the first six months of employment - at the factored hourly equivalent of forty hours for the second six months of service. After the first year of service, 88 hours per year. After five years, 128 hours per year. After ten years, 144 hours per year. After 15 years, 168 hours per year. After 20 years, 200 hours per year. After 25 years, 208 hours per year.


Officers may be paid for seven holidays each year or they may elect to accumulate up to 82 hours in a holiday bank. This time may then be taken as time off during the year. The city will provide 42 additional non cumulative personal holiday hours each fiscal year.

Sick Leave

Officers earn eight hours of sick leave for each full month of service. Sick leave is earned but cannot be taken during the first six months of employment.


The City shall provide each regular employee a $60,000 life insurance policy. Optional family coverage is available at a reduced cost. If an officer elects family coverage, he or she may select health insurance from the city group health plan. In regard to dental insurance, the City contributes 100% of the single premium. Officers are eligible for insurance benefits 90 days after the date of hire.

The City of Lincoln is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer who is committed to recruit, hire, promote or transfer employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, age (40-70), marital status, receipt of public assistance, or political affiliation, except that no person shall be employed who advocates or belongs to a group which advocates the violent overthrow of our government.

These benefits are currently provided and are subject to change due to collective bargaining sessions between the Lincoln Police Union and the City of Lincoln.

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