Police Officer

Oshkosh, WI
Oshkosh Police Department

Salary: $2,260.60-$3,068.65.

Closing Date: January 21, 2024.

Position Summary:

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.

Essential Functions:

  • 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.
  • Regulate traffic on roads when such action is necessary to facilitate the movement of traffic. Check the speed of vehicles using radar, laser and pacing.
  • Investigate all traffic accidents occurring in the City and conduct a complete inquiry into the accident to ascertain the cause or causes of the accident and issue traffic citations when appropriate.
  • Observe and report all traffic hazards.
  • Check vehicles abandoned or parked in unusual locations.
  • Enforce bicycle laws.
  • Enforce all parking ordinances.
  • Keep abreast of new and innovative law enforcement techniques and ideas to improve effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Attend community group meetings as assigned and work at promoting public relations, while constantly striving to promote a positive image of the Department through demonstration of a superior caliber of service to the public.
  • Operate Police equipment as efficiently and effectively as possible under a variety of conditions and in accordance with law and established procedures. This includes vehicles, weap¬ons, computer equipment and radio equipment.
  • Maintain personal equipment, such as uniforms, guns, handcuffs, etc., in good repair. Personal equipment must be complete, neat and in good working order.
  • Maintain patrol vehicles in good condition and take all reasonable precautions to avoid accidents while driving. Inspect and report all vehicle defects in need of correction to a supervisor.
  • Have all the necessary materials and equipment in his/her vehicle to properly meet responsibilities.
  • Be responsible for maintenance of issued policies and policy manual and familiarization with all issued documents is required.
  • Complete all required reports and forms and turn in any associated material promptly.
  • Constantly seek information concerning all types of law violations and public hazards w¬ithin patrol areas and either take action or relay the information to the proper Department section.
  • Constantly strive to cultivate the contacts essential to good law enforcement work.
  • Patrol in a manner intended to provide the greatest deterrent value and service to citizens.
  • Take control of any emergency situation at which the officer is present.
  • Subdue attacking/resisting persons.
  • Handcuff and transport suspects or prisoners.
  • Evacuate persons from dangerous areas and administer first aid including CPR.
  • Respond to assigned requests for service and alarms.
  • Coordinate actions of other officers arriving as back-up.
  • Request and interpret TYME and NCIC information.
  • Mediate civil disputes.
  • Work to identify and resolve community problems using problem solving and Community Policing techniques and models.


  • An Associate Degree in any field.
  • A Bachelors Degree in any field.
  • 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.