In each fiscal year an employee shall accumulate during and after his/her probationary period, vacation leave with pay according to the following schedule:
a. after one (1) year of service, ten (10) days;
b. after five (5) years of service, fifteen (15) days;
c. one (1) additional day for each year of service after five (5) years, to a maximum of twenty five (25) days;
d. employees shall have earned their vacation based upon their anniversary date of employment.
In no event shall any employee be entitled to compensation in lieu of vacation. Nor in any event shall an employee be allowed more than seven (7) weeks' vacation in any fiscal year regardless of accumulated time. For the purpose of computing vacation leave, only dismissal or resignation will break continuity of service. Leave of absence without pay will defer vacation leave accrual during such leave.
For the purpose of selecting vacation weeks during the next fiscal year, a vacation roster will be posted by each division on January 1st of each year. The patrol division shall have two such rosters. A roster for patrol officers and one for patrol supervisors. The vacation rosters must be signed by all eligible employees by April 30th of that year. Choice of date by employees shall be granted, but operating requirements of the police department shall prevail in emergency situations.
Vacations shall commence with the first week of the fiscal year and continue throughout the fiscal year. In computing vacation time, holidays are not to be considered as part of vacation leave. Vacation weeks shall be selected on a seniority basis. No employee regardless of rank or seniority, shall have more than one (1) choice as herein provided. Credited vacation may be used only upon request to, and approval of, the Division Commander or his/her designee to which the officer is assigned, provided:
a. the number of patrol supervisors allowed to be on a vacation week at one time shall not exceed two (2) on each squad.
b. The number of patrol officers allowed to be on a vacation week shall not exceed three (3) on each squad.
c.Additional employees may be granted a vacation week only with the approval of the Chief.