Police Officer

Oshkosh, WI
Oshkosh Police Department

The Patrol Officer is a non-supervisory, entry level position of the Oshkosh Police Department and is a representative of the City of Oshkosh and the State of Wisconsin. As such, is governed by legal and ethical standards of the highest nature. The Patrol Officer’s philosophy must be one of dedication to the 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 working 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 statutes, and City ordinances and must exhibit 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.

Duties performed on a frequent basis include, but are not limited to the following:
• 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 Departmental 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.

Job Requirements
• A Patrol Officer shall participate in the annual in-service training program.
• Patrol officers hired after January 1, 1989, shall be required to wear protective body armor for all patrol activities and requested to actively participate in an annual physical fitness test.
• Patrol officers hired after January 1, 1993 shall be required to submit to a full exposure to OC spray for qualification purposes.

• Educational Requirements:
a. An Associate Degree in any field; or
b. A Bachelors Degree in any field; or
c. Earned 60 credits from an accredited college or university.
• 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.