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The City of Bethlehem Community and Economic Development Permit Office will be closed Wednesday afternoons to walk-ins from 1 to 4:30pm. This temporary closure is due to the digitization of the permit files. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Why Bethlehem Police?


  • Pension plan:  50% after 20 years of service, no minimum age requirement
  • Plus matching contributions toward deferred compensation
  • Health insurance with Capital Blue Cross, offering several custom plans for you and your family
  • Life Insurance, Dental Plans and Optical Plans for you and your family and individual and family prescription plan.
  • Tuition reimbursement, up to $15,000 per year - $7,500 per semester, available for continuing education toward bachelors, masters
  • Financial bonus for bachelors, masters and law degrees after five years of service
  • Sick leave with payment for unused sick days after maximum is achieved
  • Uniforms and equipment provided by the department including ballistic vests plus clothing allowances for both uniform and non-uniform officers
  • Five weeks vacation for top level officers, four personal days per year for all officers plus funeral leave and military leave policies
  • No residency requirement
  • Patrol Officers work a 5-3/5-2 schedule (five days worked – three days off, five days worked – two days off) with three platoons that rotate day and middle shifts, and voluntary steady night shift
  • Differential pay for various shifts, overtime pay with option of compensatory time, 13 paid holidays with bonus pay and longevity pay based on time in service
  • Court appearance plan
  • Officers are members of the Fraternal Order of Police 

Above benefits are contractual agreements between the Bethlehem Police Department and the City of Bethlehem and are valid through 12/31/2022.