Job Title:                     Patrol Officer

Closing Date/Time:   Continuous

Salary:                          $1,911.16/BiWeekly

Job Type:                    Full Time Employees

Location:                     Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Department:                Oshkosh Police Department



Position Summary

The Patrol Officer is a non-supervisory, entry level position with the Oshkosh Police Department and is a representative of the City of Oshkosh and the State of Wisconsin. As such, the Patrol Officer is governed by legal and ethical standards of the highest nature. The Patrol Officers philosophy must be one of dedication to  public service, setting aside personal interests for the interests of the common good.

The Patrol Officer is a member of the Patrol Services Bureau (PSB) under supervision of the PSB commander, the Shift Commander and Sergeant. The duties of a Patrol Officer are to protect, regulate, and serve the citizens of the community as they go about their daily activities. The Patrol Officer must be able to perform these duties without benefit of immediate supervision, as well as work as a team with other employees. The Patrol Officer is required to garner a complete knowledge of Department policies, procedures, and job methods relating to work assignments. The Patrol Officer must have a working knowledge of Federal laws, State statues, and City ordinances while exercising a great amount of discretion when dealing with the citizens of the community. The Patrol Officer must be physically fit to perform his/her duties and responsibilities.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

         Arrest persons with and without warrants and assist in prosecutions as required.

         Investigate any complaint assigned and take appropriate actions.

         Conduct follow-up investigations whenever necessary during the normal course of an investigation or upon special request and utilize department records.

         Identify and investigate suspicious vehicles, persons, or situations.

         Be prepared for court and testify in court in an honest, impartial and convincing manner, while keeping in mind he/she is a witness relating facts so that the court may pass judgment.

         Address all persons in a firm, courteous manner to develop trust, respect and confidence in the officer and the Department.

         Check traffic for motorists who need assistance and provide them with such aid as is practical under the circumstances. Render assistance to all persons and give reliable information in a courteous manner.

         Stop vehicles to inspect operators' licenses and investigate, cite or arrest occupants.

         Issue appropriate warnings, citations and summons to violators as guided by departmental policy.

         Regulate traffic on roads when such action is necessary to facilitate the movement of traffic. Check the speed of vehicles using radar, laser and pacing.

         Investigate all traffic accidents occurring in the City and conduct complete inquiry into the accident to ascertain the cause or causes of the accident and issue traffic citations when appropriate.

         Observe and report all traffic hazards.

         Check vehicles abandoned or parked in unusual locations.

         Enforce bicycle laws and all parking ordinances.

         Keep abreast of new and innovative law enforcement techniques and ideas to improve effectiveness and efficiency.

         Attend community group meetings as assigned and work at promoting public relations, while constantly striving to promote a positive image of the Department through demonstration of a superior caliber of service to the public.

         Operate police equipment as efficiently and effectively as possible under a variety of conditions and in accordance with the law and established procedures. This includes vehicles, weapons, computer and radio equipment.

         Maintain personal equipment such as uniforms, guns, handcuffs, etc. in good repair. Personal equipment must be complete, neat and in good working order.

         Maintain patrol vehicles in good condition and take reasonable precautions to avoid accidents while driving. Inspect and report all vehicle defects in need of correction to a supervisor.

         Maintain all of the necessary materials and equipment in his/her vehicle to properly meet responsibilities.

         Be responsible for maintenance of issued policies and policy manual and familiarization with all issued documents as required.

         Complete all required reports and forms and turn in any associated material promptly.

         Constantly seek information concerning all types of law violations and public hazards within patrol areas and either take action or relay the information to the proper department section.

         Constantly strive to cultivate the contacts essential to good law enforcement work.

         Patrol in a manner intended to provide the greatest deterrent value and service to citizens.

         Take control of any emergency situation at which the officer is present.

         Subdue attacking/resisting persons.

         Handcuff and transport suspects or prisoners.

         Evacuate persons from dangerous areas and administer first aid including CPR.

         Respond to assigned requests for service and alarms.

         Coordinate actions of other officers arriving as back-up.

         Request and interpret TYME and NCIC information.

         Mediate civil disputes.

         Work to identify and resolve community problems using problem solving and Community Policing Techniques and Models.

         Convey to appropriate department or community resource any information obtained relating to a violation of criminal law that is not a direct responsibility of this Department.

         Serve all assigned warrants promptly, regardless of whether the source of the warrant is this department or another department.
Participate in formal training programs.

         Conduct tavern inspections checking licenses and the ages of patrons.

         Check commercial or private buildings for burglaries or damage.

         Conduct searches at open doors and crime scenes in accordance with established procedures.

         Direct responding units at crimes in progress in accordance with established procedures.

         Assist other law enforcement agencies upon request, if the request is compatible with department policy.

         Assist and work in time of special assignment, sudden emergency or unusual occurrences at this or other agencies when such assistance is needed.

         Assist with training, planning, research and policy development as assigned.

         Participate in raids and warrant service.

         Perform other tasks as assigned.



Required Minimum Requirements

         An associate Degree in Criminal Justice/Police Science, or a Bachelors Degree in any field, or earned 60 credits specific to Criminal Justice/Police Science from a four-year educational institution.

         Possess a valid driver's license at the time of employment.

         Be at least 20 years of age.

         Be a United States Citizen.

         Have no felony or domestic abuse related convictions.






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