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Police Officer


Posted: 10/5/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2782952

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Overview

The City of Wauwatosa invites applicants for the position of Police Officer.  This is a continuous job posting with no specific application deadline.  The details of the recruitment process are described within the job posting below.

Police Officers protect life and property, promote and preserve peace through citizen cooperation, enforce municipal, state and federal laws and deliver police related services.

The starting pay for this position is $56,845 and moves to $63,108 after 6 months of active service, $69,370 after one year of active service and progresses to $79,890 in annual increments after that (2020 contract rates).

Lateral candidates who are LESB (Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board) certified and currently working for a law enforcement agency may be given consideration for years of service when determining starting pay and vacation.  

Applications are valid for one year from the time of submission.  

Police Recruitment Website:

Essential Functions

The following are normal for the position but shall not be construed as exclusive or inclusive. Other related duties may be required and assigned.

  •  Preventive and directed patrol.
  • Enforcement of federal, state and city laws.
  • Obtain, verify and report information which provides the basis for making arrests.
  • Enforcement of traffic laws and investigation of traffic accidents.
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service.
  • Promote professional relationships within the agency, city government, and community in accordance with the department's mission, goals and objectives.
  • Ability to perform the physical functions of police officer.  

Minimum Requirements

  1. Age 21.  
  2. U.S. Citizen.  Certified copy of birth certificate required.
  3. Education: At the time of application, you must meet one of the following requirements: a) completion of a minimum of 60 college credits with a GPA of 2.0 from a university, college or technical college; or b) current certification as a police officer by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board; or c) current certification as a police officer out-of-state and eligible for certification in Wisconsin. Copies of transcripts and/or certifications required.
  4. No felony or domestic violence convictions.
  5. If veteran, proof of honorable discharge. Copy of DD214 required.
  6. Vision 20/40 corrected.
  7. Valid Wisconsin driver's license at time of appointment.
  8. Ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing, in a clear manner using appropriate grammar and spelling.
  9. Ability to operate a motor vehicle under normal and adverse conditions while maintaining the ability to communicate and activate the equipment in the vehicle.
  10. Ability to make quick decisions, accurate observations, use sound judgment and maintain a professional demeanor under ordinary and stressful situations.
  11. Ability to recall details, copy written and oral information and apply instructions with a high degree of accuracy.
  12. Ability to read and comprehend legal and non-legal material written in English.
  13. Ability to learn and comply with department operations, rules, regulations, policies and procedures associated with the position.
  14. Ability to learn and apply provisions, procedures, sources and elements of state and federal law and municipal ordinance related to duties and responsibilities.
  15. Ability to apply concepts, procedures and techniques related to interviewing, investigations, confessions, defense and arrest tactics, evidence preservation, search and seizure and the use of force.
Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for Police Officer at the time of application.


Application Instructions

Step 1
• Complete the City of Wauwatosa employment application on-line (
• Attach a copy of your resume to your online application (optional).

Step 2
• At the time of application, submit the required documents by one of the following methods: 1) attach them to your online application (preferred), 2) by mail or 3) deliver in person to the Human Resources Department.
City of Wauwatosa
Human Resources Department
7725 W. North Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Documents Due at Time of Application
• Copy of ALL college transcripts and police officer certification(s). Certified copies are not
• DD214 (for Veterans)

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application process will NOT be returned to candidates.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications that are not complete in entirety or are missing required supplemental documents may be considered incomplete.

Birth Certificate Requirement
If the candidate progresses through the process to the background check, a certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented at the time the background investigation is conducted. A certified copy of a birth certificate is issued by the appropriate local, state, federal or international authority and will have a raised, embossed or multicolored seal and will be printed on security paper. A photocopy of a birth certificate will not be accepted - it must be a certified document.

The selection process is as follows:
1. Applications will be reviewed, evaluated and scored based on education and experience on a regular basis. Applicants will be ranked from highest to lowest total point score with new applicants integrated as they are received. Applications will be used as part of this stage of selection for a period of one year from the date it is received after which time the reapplication policy applies (see below).
2. Top ranked applicants will be invited to participate in a pass/fail physical fitness test. The physical fitness test consists of a 1.5 mile run, maximum push-ups and sit-ups in 1 minute. In the case of a tie, the date and time the application was submitted will determine the order in which applicants are invited.

3. Top ranking candidates that pass the physical fitness test will be invited to an assessment center:
  • The assessment center will consist of multiple assessment techniques such as exercises and simulations which measure applicants in key job related attributes including, but not limited to:
    • Decision making
    • Communication
    • Initiative
    • Adaptability
    • Judgment
    • Interpersonal relations
    • Maturity
  • A general description of the assessment process will be given to participants    when notified of their eligibility to participate in the center.
  • Assessment center results will determine an applicant's eligibility to proceed to the Police and Fire Commission interviews.
  • Results will be in effect for a period of 18 months. Applicants are NOT allowed to participate in another assessment center during that 18 month time frame.
  • Assessment centers will be conducted on an "as needed basis" and timing will vary year to year.
4. Applicants that successfully complete the assessment center will be invited to a formal interview before the Commission.
5. Based on the interview, the Police and Fire Commission will certify candidates eligible for appointment by the Chief of Police.
6. Candidates certified by the Police and Fire Commission are added to an unranked eligibility list; the candidate will remain active on the eligibility list for a period of 18 months from the date certified unless hired or disqualified during the background check.
7. The Chief of Police may appoint any candidate on the current eligibility list subject to the results of a detailed background investigation.
8. The selected candidate(s) will be given a conditional offer of employment subject to successfully completing the following additional evaluations:
  • Psychological exam
  • Medical exam
  • Drug screen

Reapplication Procedures
1. Any applicant not invited to an assessment center within one year of application submission must submit a new application to be considered.

2. Any applicant who participates in an assessment center but does not proceed to a Police and Fire Commission interview may reapply following the 18-month time period for which the Assessment Center results are valid.

3. Any candidate certified by the Police and Fire Commission to the eligibility list, who is not appointed by the Chief of Police within 18 months of certification to the list, may reapply under this procedure unless the applicant has been disqualified as a result of conclusive findings in the background investigation.

4. Applicants may update information on their application (for scoring/ranking purposes) by notifying Lt. Gary Gabrish, Director of Personnel and Training. Updates shall be submitted with proof via email (, by mail or in person (Wauwatosa Police Department, Attn: Lt. Gabrish, 1700 N. 116th St. Wauwatosa, WI 53226).  ** Candidates with significant changes to their qualifications should complete a new application on-line.

NOTE: Initial document submission is through the on-line application or the Human Resources Department. Updates after the application is submitted (so as to give credit for changes in education, experience and certifications) should be sent to Lt. Gabrish.
**Please contact Lt. Gary Gabrish at the Wauwatosa Police Department at 414-471-8430 ext. 5127 if you have questions on the recruitment process.

Police officers are on a probation period for one year following the commencement of Active Field Training.

The City of Wauwatosa provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.