About New Berlin
The City of New Berlin Police Department is looking for individuals interested in being part of a community-oriented organization with the mission to protect the lives and property of the people we serve. It is our vision to be regarded as a leader in law enforcement through our commitment to professionalism, training, and the community. The members of our department are guided by a set of core values which include human dignity, integrity, community partnerships, and leadership. The City of New Berlin is a AA/ADA/EOE employer.
With an authorized sworn staff of 70 officers, new officers have an opportunity to learn from experienced field trainers, mentors, and supervisors. New officers will participate in the community, enforce local and state laws, and continue to develop with advanced skills. Upon completion of the probationary period, officers become eligible for specialty assignments to include investigations, tactical enforcement, instructor certifications, canine handler, school resource officer and community service assignments, to name a few. Officers will be provided with the modern tools necessary to accomplish our mission. In the next several years, the New Berlin Police Department anticipates a number of vacancies due to retirements. Our continuous hiring process is designed to fill those vacancies by attracting the most qualified individuals.
The Ideal Candidate
An ideal candidate possessess a high degree of personal integrity, values human dignity, demonstrates excellent communication skills and is a self-motivated, open-minded, service-oriented individual who is ready for a challenging yet rewarding career.
The Hiring Process
Applicants will have an opportunity to share their relevant professional and life experiences during the application process. The application includes several essay questions which help us identify the most qualified candidates. The submitted applications and attachments will be scored based on the candidate’s education background, employment history, military experience, essay responses, and other qualifications. A select number of applicants will be invited to participate in a written test and panel interview. Following the panel interviews, invitations may be extended to interview with an executive panel. Selected applicants will then undergo a character background investigation.
Following a background investigation, a conditional offer of employment may be extended which will be contingent on a drug-screen, medical evaluation, and psychological assessment. The New Berlin Police and Fire Commission will interview all candidates that make it through the final stages of the hiring process. The New Berlin Police and Fire Commission will place acceptable candidates on a certified eligibility list.
Candidates who are not certified law enforcement officers or certifiable as a law enforcement officer from a Wisconsin recruit academy, must pass the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Physical Readiness Test prior to beginning the law enforcement academy.
Lateral Transfer Program
Although prior law enforcement experience is not required, the City of New Berlin cooperatively worked with the New Berlin Professional Police Association to contractually agree on a lateral hire program. Under this agreement, any sworn officer from Wisconsin or any sworn officer from another state who passes the reciprocity test, may receive a starting annual salary and a vacation allowance commensurate with their years of experience as a sworn law enforcement officer. Beyond those contractual agreements, lateral hires will be required to comply with the same processes as other new hires.
- Takes action and enforces city ordinances, state statutes, and federal laws through the appropriate application of arrest, search, and seizure.
- Provides public safety through multiple proactive approaches.
- Conducts preliminary investigations by protecting the crime scene, processing for evidence, and interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects.
- Engages in positive, clear, and concise verbal communications with individuals when providing directions, collecting information, advising of rights and processes, or mediating disputes.
- Communicates in writing by preparing reports and records of activity with strong skills in organization, grammar, and spelling.
- Reviews/analyzes police-related reports and other relevant data in order to maintain a high degree of knowledge in criminal activity and/or other social concerns of interest to the police department.
- Makes necessary referrals and provides testimony when required.
- Provides first-responder emergency medical services through the use and application of first aid, CPR, and other trained medical skills.
- Performs other duties as assigned by supervisors which require the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a police officer. These duties may include, but not limited to; traffic enforcement, training in various police tactics and procedures, and desk officer duties.
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Possess an Associate Degree from a post-secondary educational institution or a minimum of 60 college level credits from an accredited institution acknowledged by the United States Secretary of Education. https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation
- Ability to become certifiable as a Wisconsin law enforcement officer.
- Possess an acceptable personal and professional history of good character as determined through a complete background investigation.
- Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques associated with preliminary investigations and other required police work.
- Knowledge in departmental directives and procedures.
- Knowledge in federal, state, local laws and ordinances.
- Knowledge and experience in the regular use of maps, software programs, and technical equipment such as computers, cameras, speed detection units, and other professional equipment.
- Skilled in the use/operation of police radios, motor vehicles, firearms and other weapons, ballistic protection, handcuffs and restraint devices, and any other required equipment.
- Skilled in the physical strength, agility, and endurance required for protection of self and others, the control and apprehension of resisting individuals, and the required use of police equipment.
- Ability to function for extended periods of time without breaks.
- Ability to critically think to identify and analyze problems, evaluate alternate solutions, and make sound decisions based on inferences or limited information.
- Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with a variety of people.
- Ability to maintain a professional demeanor when faced with verbal opposition, physical threats, and stressful situations.
- Ability to effectively perform multiple essential functions during the same incident.
- Ability to render credible testimony in a court of law.
- Ability to recall details of persons and situations from memory.
- Meet the minimum requirements as established by the Law Enforcement Standards Board.
- Be a citizen of the United States at the time of appointment.
- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment.
- Possess a valid Wisconsin driver's license or other such valid operator's permit recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in Wisconsin.
- Must not have been convicted of any federal felony or any offense which if committed in Wisconsin could be punished as a felony unless the applicant has been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon.
- Must not have been convicted of any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence unless the applicant has been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon.
- Be able to speak, read, comprehend and write using the English language.