Police Officer

Middleton, WI
Middleton Police Department

The Police Officers are generalists responsible for a wide range of tasks associated with police service, including but not limited to the enforcement of laws and ordinances, the investigation of crimes and other incidents of public concern, the protection of life, property, civil rights, and public order and other services which contribute to the individual and collective safety and welfare of citizens. Police Officers have the duty to be knowledgeable in the law and legal procedures; departmental policies, procedures, rules and regulations; the skills, techniques and practices necessary to successfully discharge their responsibilities. They are expected to be diligent and aggressive in the performance of duties and responsibilities consistent with department policies and priorities and to be mindful of departmental goals and objectives.

Police Officers receive general supervision and from time to time receive direction as to specific duties and responsibilities from a supervisor. Their work is subject to review by ranking officers. Police Officers must obey lawful orders issued by appropriate authority.

Closing Date/Time: Fri. 06/28/19 11:59 PM Central Time
Salary: $59,510.88 – $71,385.21 Annually


• Operate a law enforcement vehicle during both day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and on road conditions affected by fog, smoke, rain, ice, and snow.
• Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, when force may be used, and to what degree.
• Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
• Communicate effectively while gathering information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informants.
• Effects an 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.
• Operate department computers. Dictate, type, and write investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
• Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings.
• Conduct visual and audio surveillance.
• Pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting patrol vehicles; physically lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects, climbing over and pulling oneself over obstacles, through openings (doors and windows); jumping from elevated surfaces, crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven surfaces; using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
• Load, unload, aim, and fire handguns, long guns, and other agency firearms from a variety of positions, under conditions of stress, at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
• Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, detaining people, and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
• Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include working different shifts, walking foot patrol, riding a bike, and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure that they are secure.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Current knowledge of law, ordinance, and departmental policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
• Demonstrated skills in standard police field procedures.
• Familiarity with city streets, public places, other significant locations, and the area surrounding the city.
• Demonstrated ability to safely and effectively operate department and personal equipment including but not limited to emergency vehicles, firearms, cameras, speed detectors, computers, and two way radios.
• Ability to function under stressful conditions.
• Demonstrated medical and physical fitness.

Education and Training:
• Sixty (60) college credits from an accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum of a "C" average.
• Ability to operate a motor vehicle and possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain a Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
• United States Citizenship by time of appointment.
• Legally able to possess a firearm.
• Any additional requirements as established by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board or Middleton Police Commission.