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HB80 – Pension Increases for Certain Peace Officers

Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf has filed a bill, House Bill 80, that provides an increase in the pension benefits for certain specified “peace” officers. Those certain specified peace officers are listed as follows:

  • (1) Probation and parole officers employed by the Department of Correction;
  • (2) Capitol Police officers;
  • (3) Department of Natural Resources police officers;
  • (4) University of Delaware Police;
  • (5) State Fire Marshal officers;
  • (6) Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement agents;
  • (7) Justice of the Peace Court constables; and
  • (8) Probation and parole officers in the Serious Juvenile Offender Unit and senior probation officers employed by the Division of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.
House Bill 80 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Schwartzkopf, Minor Brown, Mitchell, Briggs King, Carson, Morrison, Osienski, Ramone, M.Smith, Smyk, Yearick
Ennis, Paradee, Hansen, Lopez, Pettyjohn, Sokola, Walsh, Wilson
Current Status: Out of Committee 1/21/21

The increase in pension benefits is as follows: 1) Before January 1, 2022, 2.45% of his or her final average compensation multiplied by years of service above 25 years; (2) On January 1, 2022, 2.5% of his or her average compensation multiplied by the number of years of service up to 20 years, plus 3.5% of his or her average compensation multiplied by the number of years of service above 20 years.

The stated reason for these increases are 1) increased costs, 2) other reduced benefits, and perhaps most importantly 3) the need to recruit and retain qualified and competent correction officers and specified peace officers with a modernized pension benefit.

I am all for increasing pension benefits, but why only apply the increase to these specified positions? What about other state employees, like State Police officers and teachers? The only thing preventing me from calling this shady and a possible double dip, considering the number of former Peace officers in the General Assembly, is the presence of Representatives Melissa Minor Brown and Eric Morrison on the sponsor list.

The Bill has been released out of the House Administration Committee last week, and the bill is on the House Ready List, meaning it could be on the Agenda for a vote by Thursday (it is not on today’s Agenda).

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2 comments on “HB80 – Pension Increases for Certain Peace Officers

  1. Mike Matthews

    So if I’m reading this correctly: if someone who works 30 years in any of these categories retires, they could be looking at a payout of 85% of their salary (2.5 x 20=50% plus 3.5 x 10 = 35%)? Not a bad deal. Like you said, let’s work on this for other state employees.

  2. State police officers already have sweet pension benefits. Also, please note that the fiscal impact is listed as “incomplete,” which means there’s no way this bill should move until we know what it’s going to cost on an ongoing basis.

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