MPD Benefits

MPD Benefits


Benefit Name Benefit Description
Annual Leave 13 days to start, 20 days after 3 years, 26 days after 15 years.
Sick Leave 13 days per year and may accumulate without any limit over career.
Paid Holidays 11 paid holidays annually.
DC Paid Family Leave Up to eight (8) work weeks of paid leave for the birth of a child, adoption or to care for a family member within a 12-month period.
Federal Family and Medical
Leave Act (FMLA)
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.
DC Family and Medical
Leave Act (FMLA)
Allows for up to 16 weeks of leave within a 24-month period for a serious medical condition, birth of a child, adoption, to care for a family member with a serious medical condition (Federal Family Leave is to be taken simultaneously).
Overtime Additional duty, including court time, is compensated in accord with the Fair Labor Standards Act and the union contract either as compensatory time (that can be used in place of leave or banked if it is FLSA compensatory time) or overtime.
Uniforms and Equipment Uniforms and equipment are provided at no cost to the officer. Only items officer pays for are socks, shoes, and regular belt for pants.
Life Insurance Eligible for group life insurance at low cost to employee.
Health Insurance Choice of at least 3 different health plans from HMOs to PPOs.
Attorney Coverage MPD and FOP jointly pay for on-call attorney coverage for members so that attorneys are available to assist members in on-duty incidents, such as officer-involved shootings, as well as with private matters such as drawing up wills, divorce representation, and real estate closings.
Dental & Vision Coverage Excellent dental and vision coverage through plans negotiated for the rank and file by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).
Fitness Centers Academy and all patrol districts have fitness centers provided at no cost to employees.
Language Stipend Program Officers who take and successfully pass a foreign language test that emphasizes conversational skills receive a language stipend of $50 per pay period or $1,300 per year in additional pay.
Metropolitan Police Employee Assistance Program (MPEAP) MPD and FOP pay for MPEAP services that are free to sworn personnel and their families including post-shooting debriefings, as well as family and marital counseling services
Police & Fire Clinic (PFC) Provision of free health services for on-duty injuries or illnesses and free wellness services such as flu shots, TB shots, nutrition and smoking cessation classes.
Retirement Eligible for retirement after 25 years of service with MPD at any age.
Savings Plan Eligible for various savings plans including deferred compensation as before-tax savings.
Training 28 weeks of intensive academic and physical skills training including 2 weeks of firearms training, 1 week of civil disturbance training to handle protests, 1 week of vehicle skills training, and officer survival skills training.
Recruit Rental Assistance Program  Eligible MPD recruits who sign up between October 2017 and March 2018 will receive rental assistance of $1,000 per month for six months, for properties in DC.

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 DC 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.

Housing Programs

  • MPD Temporary Housing (free housing benefit): This program is designed to assist new recruits with their transition into the Metropolitan Police Academy. Temporary housing is a free housing benefit and is offered up to 4 months. This accommodation consists of dormitory style housing with access to a refrigerator, washer/dryer, bed, dresser, shelving and closet space. Temporary housing is a convenient 10-minute walk to the Academy. Please note that temporary housing is based on availability and funding.
    • For individuals approved for temporary housing, check-in begins on the Sunday prior to an Academy start date from 1 pm – 6 pm.
  • Employer-Assisted Housing Program (EAHP): The Employer-Assisted Housing Program (EAHP) offers eligible District government employees a deferred, 0% interest loan and a matching funds grant for down payment and closing costs to purchase their first single family home, condominium, or cooperative unit in the District.
  • The Metropolitan Police Housing Assistance Program (HPAP): 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. To learn more, please visit: 
  • 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, DC. Eligible MPD recruits who sign up between October 2019 and September 2020 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 [email protected]

*Funds for this program are approved for Fiscal Year 2020, which ends September 30, 2020. As a result, recruits who sign up for this program after October 2019 will receive this benefit for the number of months remaining in Fiscal Year 2020. Participation is also based on the availability of funds under the MPD Recruit Housing Allowance Incentive Program.

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