Law enforcement careers in Nebraska are available at the state, county, and city levels. Nebraska police training is available to those wishing to serve and protect their local communities or state, and who have no criminal record, history of drug use or unpaid debts.
Jobs and Training with the Nebraska State Patrol
The Nebraska State Patrol is in a constant battle with drivers on highways and interstates to reduce the amount of serious and fatal vehicular accidents. In 2012 Nebraska saw 211 traffic fatalities, up from the previous year’s 181. The NSP also has a unique multicultural awareness program that acts as a reassurance between the NSP and local community that troopers do not engage in racial profiling. Trooper applicants must be able to cover any tattoos, piercings, brandings, or other body art with their uniform, or they will not be considered for employment.
Sheriff’s Department Law Enforcement Jobs in Nebraska
Douglas County: In 1857 the first Douglas County Sheriff assumed office, starting a line of succession that would see 30 more sheriffs up to the present day. Today the DC Sheriff’s Department is the largest in the state, with 129 sworn officers. Sheriff’s deputy job applicants must go through the Morrow and Associates human resources agency which contracts the application process for the DC Sheriff’s Department.
Lancaster County: Founded in 1861, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department is Nebraska’s sixth largest and most well funded law enforcement agency, with a budget of over $7 million. It employs 96 staff members, 70 of whom are commissioned personnel. Deputy applicants must have had an honorable discharge from the military, if applicable.
Sarpy County: The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for an impound lot, a juvenile detention center, and a county jail. To be considered for employment, the applicant must pass the Sarpy Exclusive Law Enforcement Combined Test (SELECT), administered by Morrow and Associates. Additionally the deputy sheriff candidate must be able to read and comprehend at an 11th-grade level.
Municipal Police Jobs in Nebraska
Omaha: During the first quarter of 2012 the Omaha Police Department received 49,378 calls for service, which resulted in 21,587 incident reports being filed. The Omaha PD’s canine unit received 323 calls for service during the same time period. Police officer candidates must be able to read and write at an 11th-grade level.
Lincoln: The 413 employees of the Lincoln Police Department are responsible for maintaining law and order in a city of over 258,000 residents, with an area covering 75 square miles. Recently officers arrested two people in connection with the mysterious theft of 4,000 pounds of used cooking grease from several area restaurants. The Lincoln PD’s training procedures are certified by the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, and follow the same admission requirements.
Bellevue: The Bellevue Police Department is active in the Bellevue Police Community Foundation which aims to strengthen the community by bringing community leaders, non-profit organizations, and philanthropists together. Funds are pooled and released back to the community in the form of grants for organizations identified to be the most beneficial to the city. Currently the city employs 98 police officers, and prospective candidates for employment are preferred to have a college degree, while military service is also regarded.
Grand Island: The Grand Island Police Department takes the appearance of its city seriously. It is against the law for citizens to allow grass or weeds to grow over 12 inches, to park a car on the lawn of a house, or to keep cars without valid and current license plates on residential properties. Police officers are responsible for protecting the safety and well-being of the 48,000 residents. Police officer candidates are preferred to have a college degree.
Kearney: The Kearney Police Department places a special emphasis on domestic violence, citing statistics that the leading cause of injury to women between 14 and 44 is domestic violence, and 52% of murdered females are killed by their own partners. The Kearney PD hires officers who can carry out their job duties with respect and dignity.
Nebraska Law Enforcement Salaries
The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to its Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, reported that in 2010, the following were the median Nebraska law enforcement salaries:
- Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $64,220
- Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $67,950
- Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $47,630
Salaries for Detectives and Criminal Investigators in Nebraska
Police Officer and Sheriff Salary in Nebraska
Police officer salaries in Nebraska, as well as the incentives included, often vary from town to town. The salary among police officers at the Lincoln Police Department starts at $45,508 and goes up to $64,332. They also have an education incentive program which pays $300 annually for an Associate degree and $750 annually for a Bachelor degree. Bilingual officers are also paid an additional $100 per month.
The Omaha Police Department pays according to the following salary scale:
They also have a similar education incentive program:
- Associate’s degree: $608 per year
- Bachelor’s degree: $1,410 per year
- Master’s/Doctorate degree: $1,725 per year
Deputy sheriffs who work for the Lancaster County Sheriff are given a starting salary of $43,650.88, which caps out at pay step 8 at $61,815.52. Deputy sheriffs also given an array of other benefits including longevity pay and shift differential.
Salaries for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Nebraska
State Trooper Salary in Nebraska
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, the state trooper salary in Nebraska begins at $30,282.72 for State Patrol Officer Candidates. Upon graduation and promotion to State Patrol Trooper, the salary increases to $42,598 annually.
Salaries for Police Supervisors and Detectives in Nebraska