Police Officer

Wauwatosa, WI
Wauwatosa Police Department

The City of Wauwatosa invites applicants for the position of Police Officer. This is a continuous job posting with no specific application deadline. The details of the recruitment process are described within the job posting below.

Police Officers protect life and property, promote and preserve peace through citizen cooperation, enforce municipal, state and federal laws and deliver police related services.

The starting pay for this position is $56,845 and moves to $63,108 after 6 months of active service, $69,370 after one year of active service and progresses to $79,890 in annual increments after that (2020 contract rates).

Lateral candidates who are LESB (Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board) certified and currently working for a law enforcement agency may be given consideration for years of service when determining starting pay and vac


• Preventive and directed patrol.
• Enforcement of federal, state and city laws.
• Obtain, verify and report information which provides the basis for making arrests.
• Enforcement of traffic laws and investigation of traffic accidents.
• Respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service.
• Promote professional relationships within the agency, city government, and community in accordance with the department's mission, goals and objectives.
• Ability to perform the physical functions of police officer.



1. Age 21.
2. U.S. Citizen. Certified copy of birth certificate required.
3. Education: At the time of application, you must meet one of the following requirements: a) completion of a minimum of 60 college credits with a GPA of 2.0 from a university, college or technical college; or b) current certification as a police officer by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board; or c) current certification as a police officer out-of-state and eligible for certification in Wisconsin. Copies of transcripts and/or certifications required.
4. No felony or domestic violence convictions.
5. If veteran, proof of honorable discharge. Copy of DD214 required.
6. Vision 20/40 corrected.
7. Valid Wisconsin driver's license at time of appointment.
8. Ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing, in a clear manner using appropriate grammar and spelling.
9. Ability to operate a motor vehicle under normal and adverse conditions while maintaining the ability to communicate and activate the equipment in the vehicle.
10. Ability to make quick decisions, accurate observations, use sound judgment and maintain a professional demeanor under ordinary and stressful situations.
11. Ability to recall details, copy written and oral information and apply instructions with a high degree of accuracy.
12. Ability to read and comprehend legal and non-legal material written in English.
13. Ability to learn and comply with department operations, rules, regulations, policies and procedures associated with the position.
14. Ability to learn and apply provisions, procedures, sources and elements of state and federal law and municipal ordinance related to duties and responsibilities.
15. Ability to apply concepts, procedures and techniques related to interviewing, investigations, confessions, defense and arrest tactics, evidence preservation, search and seizure and the use of force.