Patrol Deputy

La Crosse, WI
La Crosse County Sheriff

$28.66 Hourly


La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office seeks to establish a list of eligible candidates to fill current and future vacancies for Patrol Deputy to perform general duty police work connected with public safety through enforcement of applicable County, State and federal laws and ordinances. Must be willing to accept any shift and will be scheduled weekends and holidays as part of shift rotation. Patrol Deputies are issued take-home squad cars.

Essential Job Functions

  • Patrols highways and designated areas to detect, apprehend and arrest violators of motor vehicle laws and criminal laws; operates traffic enforcement equipment and issues citations.
  • Operates law enforcement vehicle for long periods of time during both day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  • Performs rescue functions at accidents and emergency situations; lifts, drags and carries people away from dangerous situations; provides first aid, orders wreckers and ambulances and aids accident victims, stranded motorists and disabled vehicles.
  • Directs and escorts traffic when necessary; escorts emergency and other vehicles such as oversize loads, etc.
  • Observes and checks business and other property for unlocked doors or signs of criminal activity.
  • Investigates accidents or criminal complaints received concerning violations of the law within guidelines of the department; investigates citizen complaints including suspected criminal activity, animal complaints, domestic disturbances, noise; prepares reports and handles related paperwork.
  • Performs searches of people, vehicles, building and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
  • Makes arrests and apprehends suspects, effecting the arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints, subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self defense.

Training, Experience and Other Requirements

Certification: Must have completed the Basic Police Certification Training in Wisconsin within the last three years, or already be certified as a Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board. It would also be acceptable to be enrolled in the Basic Police Certification Training with an expected completion date within six months.

Education: Requires a minimum of 60 fully accredited college-level credits. Preference for Bachelor’s Degree or Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science or Criminal Justice.

Background: Must pass criminal background check suitable for working in law enforcement, which includes no felony convictions and no convictions for domestic abuse. Must pass character background investigation as required by the Wis. Law Enforcement Standards Board which “attest to the applicant’s fitness to discharge assigned duties and responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.”

Other Requirements: All candidates for this position must pass the required oral examinations as established under County requirements. Must be a citizen of the United States, be a resident of the State of Wisconsin on the date employment is commenced and maintain that residency, have five years of previous driving experience, have and maintain a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, and a good driving record. Successful candidates for the position must pass a physical and psychological examination and drug screening.