Patrol Officer

Onalaska, WI
Onalaska Police Department

Salary: $29.84 – $32.34 Hourly.

Position Summary:

The City of Onalaska is seeking to establish an eligibility list for anticipated vacancies occurring over the next year or until the next recruitment cycle for the position of Patrol Officer in the Onalaska Police department. Under the general supervision of the Shift Sergeant or other supervisory authority, an employee in this position is responsible for the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work involves patrolling assigned areas, responding to a variety of situations as directed; investigating activities, gathering information and evidence, securing areas, protecting victims, the public and property, apprehending violators and completing the appropriate documentation in a timely and efficient manner.

Essential Functions:

  • Reviews records and reports; receives briefings on incidents, wanted suspects, stolen vehicles/property, missing persons and other pertinent information.
  • Patrols assigned areas concentrating on high frequency crime locations and known trouble areas; identifies crime patterns and modus operandi used in crimes.
  • Investigates criminal and illegal activities, unusual or suspicious activities and conditions, traffic accidents, etc. enforcing applicable federal, state and local laws and ordinances.
  • Prepares necessary reports, interviews, narratives and follow-ups for violations and complaints; issues necessary citations or warning notices as appropriate; transports arrestees to the appropriate facility as circumstances and department policy dictates.
  • Evaluates erratic or impaired driving, conducts field sobriety tests and make Operating Motor Vehicle While Impaired (OMVWI) arrests if probable cause exists for the arrest.
  • Responds to any calls for assistance.
  • Investigates traffic crashes, completing necessary documents and provides the necessary services as a result of the crash (e.g. First Aid, traffic control, call towing service, etc.).
  • Observes traffic flow for violations identifying areas of traffic concern; issues warnings/citations to violators consistent with department policy.
  • Queries suspects through the Criminal Information Bureau (CIB) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for wants/warrants’ probation/parole status; criminal history, etc. to facilitate investigations. Makes arrests as necessary.
  • Provides necessary medical, physical or protective services to ensure the safety of crime victims, citizens or property.
  • Gathers vice and narcotics information and takes enforcement action. Passes along information on organized crime, vice and narcotics activities to the appropriate enforcement agency or bureau.
  • Investigates child abuse/neglect complaints, gathers all initial information, performs or ensures that all necessary evidence collection is completed and completes necessary reports. Refers complaint(s) to supervisory authority for follow up when needed.


  • Two (2) year Associates Degree or a minimum of 60 college credits.
  • Wisconsin certified or certifiable at the time of hire preferred; which is completion of a law enforcement academy in Wisconsin within the past 3 years or have law enforcement experience in another qualifying state and have passed the WI reciprocity exam.
  • United States citizen; at least 18 years of age.
  • Valid driver’s license with no more than 6 points assessed at time of appointment.
  • No felony convictions nor domestic abuse convictions.
  • Must successfully pass: Written exam, physical agility testing, initial and 2nd interview (further information sent once determined).
  • Selected candidate subject to background check and pre-employment/post-offer physical, psychological and drug screen.
  • For those needing the Law Enforcement Academy next session starting February 5, 2024. EOE/Drug Free Workplace.