Educational Incentives

The City of Mesquite has changed the educational incentive for police officers.  The change is that, after one year of service, a police officer is now eligible for an educational incentive of $120 per month for a Bachelor’s Degree in any subject.  Previously, that incentive only applied to a Criminal Justice degree until you achieved an Advanced Peace Officer Certification through TCOLE. 

The following is a summary of the current educational/training incentives for police: 

Education Incentive Pay after one year of service from date of hire (with degree):

$  72.00 per month

Associates degree – Criminal Justice

$  96.00 per month

Advanced Peace Officer Certification plus Associates degree in Criminal Justice

$120.00 per month

Bachelor’s degree – Any major

$120.00 per month

Master’s degree

Education Incentive Pay after one year of service from date of hire (without degree):

$  24.00 per month

60 hours college credit including 4 Criminal Justice core classes

$  36.00 per month

Intermediate Peace Officer Certification

$  48.00 per month

75 hours college credit including 5 Criminal Justice core classes

$  72.00 per month

90 hours college credit including 6 Criminal Justice core classes

$  72.00 per month

Advanced Peace Officer Certification

Additional Educational Incentive Pay:  

$30.00 per month

Master Certification is additional pay on top of what is already being received

 The maximum Educational Incentive Pay for Police employees is $150.00