MPD offers a competitive starting salary, benefits for our officers and opportunities for advancement.
We look forward to seeing you on Prospect Day.

The annual starting salary for police officers is $60,199; and after successful completion of the 18 month probationary period members earn $65,863. Recruits begin earning their full salary upon entering the Academy. A top step officer can earn $106,742. Officers who work the evening tour of duty receive a three percent pay differential. Officers working the midnight shift receive a four percent differential.

13 days to start, 20 days after 3 years, 26 days after 15 years

The Federal Family and Medical Leave Act allows up to 12 work weeks of leave for a serious medical condition, birth of a child, adoption or to care for a family member with a serious medical condition

Eligible for group life insurance at low cost to employee

Uniforms and equipment are provided at no cost to the officer. Only items officer pays for are socks, shoes, and regular belt for pants

The Metropolitan Police Housing Assistance Program (MPHAP) provides police officers in the District of Columbia with financial assistance and other incentives to become first-time homeowners in Washington, DC.*

The MPD Recruit Housing Allowance Incentive Program

The MPD Recruit Housing Allowance Incentive Program is designed to assist new police officers in their transition to working and living in the communities they serve in Washington, D.C. Eligible MPD recruits who sign up between October 2018 and September 2019[1] will receive rental assistance of $1,000 per month for six months, for properties in DC.

Am I eligible?

All police recruits are eligible to sign up from this benefit during their first three months of employment with MPD. All recruits commit to staying with MPD for two years after they complete their 6-month training program at MPD’s Metropolitan Police Academy. Participation in the Recruit Housing Allowance Incentive Program requires recruits to commit to staying with MPD an extra six months (for a total of two and a half years) after they graduate from the academy.

How can I apply?

Program participation requires a completed application and signed lease agreement for a residence in the District of Columbia. You can get an application and more information by contacting the Professional Development Bureau (PDB) via telephone (202-727-9832) or email.

[1] Funds for this program are approved for Fiscal Year 2019, which ends September 30, 2019. As a result, recruits who sign up for this program after October 2018 will receive this benefit for the number of months remaining in Fiscal Year 2019.

*Participation is based on the availability of funds under the MPD Recruit Housing Allowance Incentive Program.

Deferred Compensation

All District of Columbia employees are eligible to participate in a Deferred Compensation Program. This is a savings system through pre-tax deductions and allows employees to accumulate funds for long-term goals, including retirement. The portion of salary contributed reduces the amount of taxable income in each paycheck. The IRS determines the annual maximum deferral amount. Employees can choose from various fixed or variable investment options. For more information, call a representative of the D.C. Department of Human Resources at (202) 442-9749.


The position of police officer is in the collective bargaining unit represented by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through an automatic payroll deduction. Through contracts negotiated by the FOP, there are also generous optical and dental benefits for officers, investigators, detectives, and sergeants. Contact the FOP, (202) 548-8300, for more information about the benefits and services it provides to MPD officers.

Tuition Reimbursement

The Department's Tuition Reimbursement Program (TRP) has been expanded. Now, you may seek reimbursement of up to $800 per semester/session for two undergraduate courses or one graduate course. The maximum tuition allowed is $2,400 per academic year, for a total of six undergraduate, or three graduate, courses. Students are responsible for making all up-front tuition payments themselves. Those who receive a grade of "C" or better are eligible for reimbursement of tuition and mandatory fees only (all other charges are paid by the student). Courses may be taken at any accredited college or university. Classes do not have to be directly related to an employee's present position or a specific promotional opportunity. However, the courses must be related to the mission or a critical function of the MPDC and District of Columbia government.


Police officers are eligible to collect pension benefits after 25 years of service, regardless of age. Pension benefits are calculated at the rate of 2.5 times average base pay times the years of creditable service up to a maximum of 80% of the sworn member’s average pay. Longevity increases of 5, 10, and 15% of base salary in appreciation of continued service at 15, 20, and 25 years of service. Longevity increases may be included when calculating the final pension, provided that the member has completed 25 years of service. Officers who work for MPD beyond 25 years continue to earn 2.5 percent over their standard pension benefits for every year worked past the 25-year minimum. Pension benefits are subject to regular cost-of-living increases.