Police Officer Lateral Entry Program

Already a Police Officer

We Are Actively Looking For Lateral Police Officers To Join Us.

346082889_1366278877561123_2164095392586868529_nQualified Lateral Applicants Will Enjoy the Following Benefits:

  • Accelerate FTO Program
  • Skip the Basic Law Enforcement Academy
  • Excellent Salary and Benefits
  • Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Plans
  • Off-Duty Employment Opportunities
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Years of Service from Previous Agency is Counted Towards Vacation and Wages

Transferring Officers

The Lafayette Police Department recognizes the value of applicants with previous law enforcement experience.  To benefit transferring officers, LPD provides incentives to the starting salary and paid time off.


  1. To be considered for employment with the department, applicants must meet all the established pre-employment minimum requirements, as well as successfully complete all testing, screening, and background screening components.
  2.  To be eligible or qualify for consideration in the "Lateral Entry Program", the applicant must possess an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Certification or be a successful applicant to the I.L.E.A. Waiver Requirement process. Lateral entry officers cannot apply for the waiver until employed by the department. The effective pay rate will commence upon the completion of the Field Training Program.
  3. Certified law enforcement experience is defined as: employment with a local, county, state or federal agency that has primary responsibility for law enforcement and arrest powers.  For purposes of the Lateral Entry Program, military experience does not qualify.

About the Program

The Lateral Entry Program will provide accelerated salary/pay and Paid Time Off (PTO) incentives for qualified candidates.  Calculation for years of service will not include partial/seasonal years of service, or non-certified law enforcement.  The Lateral Entry Program does not recognize rank or seniority "rights" from the officer's prior employment.


  • Qualified candidates with one to two years of law enforcement experience shall receive a salary equivalent to a 2nd class patrol officer.
  • Qualified candidates with two or more years of law enforcement experience shall receive a salary equivalent to a 1st class patrol officer.

Paid Time Off

  • Qualified candidates shall be annually granted PTO based upon their total years of certified law enforcement employment.