A List of Tax Deductions for Police Officers


You can deduct the cost of maintaining your uniform including repairs, dry cleaning and shoe polish. You can also deduct the cost of any uniform accessories such as ties, hats and emblems.

Police officers in uniform posing with police dog

Job-Related Education Expenses

The IRS allows you to deduct educational expenses that are directly related to your job. These include tuition for continuing education and college courses directly related to law enforcement, as well as training expenses such as firearms instruction and advanced skills training.

Instructor teaching firearms course

Professional Expenses

You can deduct any fees or dues you pay to professional organizations such as the Fraternal Order of Police, a Police Benevolent Association or a union. You can also deduct subscription fees for police-related journals and professional magazines.

Stack of magazines and journals


Police officers can deduct the cost of buying and maintaining equipment used at work. This includes items such as flashlights, holsters and magazine pouches as well as protective footwear, bullet proof vest and body armor.

Police officer in bullet proof vest.