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Police Officer

Whitewater Police Dept

Agency City
Agency State

Reason for Announcement:

Applications are now being accepted to
Fill vacancy
Type of Opening


Position Responsibilities

This entry level, sworn position is responsible for the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work involves patrolling assigned areas, responding to criminal, suspicious, traffic and unusual situations as directed; investigating crime, gathering evidence, apprehending violators, solving problems, protecting victims and property, responding to emergency situations, completing appropriate paperwork and other related duties as required. Positions in this classification are responsible for general duty and investigatory police work under the general supervision of a Lieutenant. Patrol Officers function without direct supervision and exercise discretion in determining appropriate response to emergency situations. Duties normally consist of patrol and traffic activities in the City on an assigned shift in a patrol car, on a bicycle, or on foot and answering calls for service, investigating criminal activity, apprehending criminals and enforcing laws and ordinances. Work is performed in accordance with departmental rules, regulations, and policies and normally consist of patrol, preliminary investigation and traffic enforcement duties. Work involves elements of danger and requires physical strength and agility at times to apprehend or subdue persons suspected of crimes. This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary: - Attend Roll Call in order to receive briefing on incidents, wanted suspects, stolen vehicles, suspicious situations, missing persons, and other pertinent items. - Patrol assigned areas, concentrating on high frequency crime locations and known trouble spots, keeping alert for wanted suspects, stolen vehicles, known criminals, traffic violators, crimes in progress, etc. - Investigate criminal or illegal activities, unusual or suspicious activities and conditions, traffic accidents, etc.; enforcing applicable Federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. - Prepare necessary reports, interviews, narratives, and follow-up on violations and complaints; issues necessary citations or warning notices, as appropriate. - Handle miscellaneous citizens' calls for assistance, such as: stranded autos, abandoned or disabled vehicles, standing by for citizen property removal, etc. - Investigate traffic accidents, completing necessary reports and citations, and provide any necessary services, e.g. first aid, traffic control, scene clearance, etc. - Observe traffic flow for violations and issues warnings and citations to violators, consistent with department policy. - Query suspects through CIB and NCIC for wants and warrants, probation/parole status, criminal history, etc., to facilitate criminal investigations. - Interview arrestees, fill out necessary paperwork, finger-printing and process subjects, transport arrestees to the appropriate detention facilities as circumstances and department policy dictate. - Provide necessary medical, physical, or protective services to ensure the safety of crime victims, citizens, or property. - Gather crime scene evidence as appropriate. - Perform all duties within the guidelines of WPD Mission and Values, Department Policy and Procedures, Federal and State Law, and City Ordinance. - Serve outstanding subpoenas or warrants. - Evaluate erratic or impaired driving, conduct field sobriety tests, and make OWI arrests if probable cause exists for such arrest. - Investigate domestic violence/abuse complaints; make arrests in compliance with department policy and state law. - Testify at court proceedings. - Actively participate in training as an instructor and/or student. Programs include first aid/CPR certification, firearms qualification and training, defensive tactics, in-service, legal updates, etc. - Gather vice and narcotics information, and take appropriate enforcement action. Forward information on organized crime, vice, narcotics activities to the appropriate enforcement agency. - Investigate child abuse/neglect complaints, gather all initial information, provide for protection of the child, ensure that all evidence collection is completed, and complete necessary reports. Refer complaint to Juvenile Officer and/or Criminal Investigators. - Provide preventive maintenance on all personal equipment; comply with maintenance schedules and practices for assigned police vehicles and other department equipment. - Proactively recognize problems and situations within assigned area. Seek appropriate resolution to such issues. - Work cooperatively with fellow WPD officers, officers of local law enforcement agencies, and other agencies such as fire department, local hospitals, social service agencies, probation and parole, department of public works, etc. - Perform crowd and traffic control at parades, festivals, demonstrations, and other events. - Provide presentations to schools, business organizations, civic groups, etc. - Conduct licensed premise checks, looking for liquor law violations and criminal activities. - Assume specialized duties, e.g. Field Training Officer, Search Warrant Response Team (SRT), UAV/Drone Team, Sensitive Crimes Investigator, Unified Tactics Instructor positions, Evidence Technician, etc. - Complete all special assignments, projects, policies, and investigations as assigned. - Assume various responsibilities in absence of Lieutenant, e.g. field supervision, prioritizing of work assignments, etc.

Lateral Transfer Program Details:

- Applicants with prior experience as a full-time sworn law enforcement officer will receive vacation allowance and pay commensurate with their years of full-time sworn law enforcement experience. - Applicants with at least 4 years of experience as a full-time sworn law enforcement officer will start at top Patrol Officer pay.


Salary Minimum
Salary Maximum
Salary Type
Dependent on Qualifications


  • Clothing Allowance
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Dental
  • Education Incentive Pay
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation
  • Wisconsin Retirement Fund
Number of Paid Holidays


  • Ability to handle several tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to perform essential functions of this position
  • Ability to possess a firearm
  • Ability to use all standard law enforcement equipment
  • Able to work evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Clear and concise speech
  • Driver's license
  • Eligibility for Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board Certification
  • Good driving record
  • Good physical condition
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and skills in operating computer systems
  • No domestic abuse convictions
  • No felony convictions
  • React quickly and effectively to stressful situations
  • U.S. citizen
  • Vision correctable to 20/20
  • Minimum Age:
    Minimum Age

Education Requirements:

Education Requirements
High school diploma
60 college credits / Associate's degree
Additional Education Information
- High school diploma or equivalent required.

- By the date of hire, employee must have either obtained 60 college credits from an accredited college, OR must have graduated from a Wisconsin Law Enforcement Academy.

- If employee has completed the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Academy and does not have 60 college credits, they must agree to obtain 60 college credits from an accredited college within 5 years of the date of hire.


  • Background Check
  • Drug Screening
  • Medical Examination
  • Oral Interviews
  • Psychological Examination
  • Residency Required
  • Vision Examination
  • Written Exam
Affirmative Action (AA)
Affirmative Action (AA)
American Disability Act (ADA)
American Disability Act (ADA)
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

Application Contact Name
Adam Vander Steeg
Application Contact Title
Administrative Captain
Application Contact Agency
Whitewater Police Department
Application Contact Address

312 W Whitewater Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
United States

Application Contact Phone
(262) 473-1372
Application Contact Fax
(262) 222-5909
Application Contact Email
Application Contact Website

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