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Police Officer

Apply now Job no: 500669
Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: University Staff

Official Title: Police Officer I
Business Title: Police Officer
Employment Class: University Staff
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: $26.00/Hour (may be eligible for future step increases)
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Terms of Employment: Continuous
Position Summary:

Under the general supervision of a Police Sergeant, the Police Officer position on the UW Oshkosh campus serves 13,000 students, and approximately 1400 employees, encompassing 58 buildings on more than 184 acres. Police Officers exercise full statutory arrest authority and are responsible for the enforcement of state laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the protection of life and property, and related protective services for the University community. The standard work hours encompass a 10-hour rotating shift assignment on one of the following shifts: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, 6:00 pm to 4:00 a.m., and 10:00 pm to 8:00 a.m.

The Police Officer is a sworn law enforcement position (State of WI, LESB certified) responsible for providing a full range of law enforcement services: enforce laws, investigate complaints, investigate incidents which may have an impact on the University, maintain order, assist people, identify criminal activity, apprehend and arrest offenders, identify the source of problems in the community and work with the community to resolve issues.

Police Officers are expected to embrace community policing philosophies, engage and partner with the community, analyze data and problem-solve for the purpose of crime prevention. Officers are also expected to have the ability to conduct complex investigations, take photographs, collect physical evidence; prepare complete written reports of all investigations and testify regarding those reports. Police Officers must maintain a high level of proficiency in the use of police equipment, the understanding and application of defense and arrest tactics including the handling and use of firearms, and be capable of using deadly force when appropriate based on the laws of the State of Wisconsin and Department policy; work in cooperation with officers from other agencies and interact with persons from other University departments, mental health, and social services agencies. Police officers may be required to participate in crowd control and dignitary protection details.

Police Officers may be selected to receive additional training to serve as a Police Training Officer (PTO), Evidence Technician, Evidence Custodian, K9 Handler, Bicycle Police Officer, or Drone Team.  Police Officers may also be eligible to participate in tryouts and be selected to serve on multi-jurisdictional teams, such as the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office (WISO) SWAT, WISO Dive Team, WISO Crash Reconstruction, etc.).

Police Officers must at all times support the department's mission, providing essential law enforcement functions, respecting the rights and dignity of all individuals, dealing ethically with the public, valuing trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, justice, fairness, caring, civic virtue, and citizenship; having character, pride and professionalism.

UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.


25% Proactive Community Policing Strategies

Police Officers are expected to embrace community policing philosophies, engage and partner with the community, analyze data, and problem-solve for the prevention of crime, fear, and disorder.

  1. Use problem-solving strategies, critical thinking, confident decision-making skills, and appropriate use of discretion while engaging with partners to manage human behavior.
  2. Analyze data, create crime prevention strategies, and be accountable for and lead community services in your assigned geographical area. Work with the community to identify and resolve problems within the area you are geographically responsible for.
  3. Speak to and engage with the community on such topics as the police department, personal security, traffic safety, drug and alcohol issues, sexual violence, and other critical law enforcement topics.
  4. Conduct checks of University physical properties and report/resolve maintenance and security discrepancies.
  5. Develop knowledge of department and community resources to assist in directing public inquiries to appropriate available resources.
  6. Provide leadership and mentoring for Community Service Officers.

25% Law Enforcement Activities

Police Officers are the principal agents responsible for carrying out the functions of the UW Oshkosh Police Department. These functions include the protection of life and property, preservation of peace and good order, and the furnishing of various services to achieve and maintain the goals of the department.

  1. Perform vehicle patrol, foot patrol, and other means of patrol.
  2. Provide crowd control duties at mass population events such as sporting events, concerts, protests, and appearances by visiting dignitaries.
  3. Evaluate and deliver persons incapacitated by alcohol to an appropriate medical / detoxification facility.
  4. Evaluate mentally and emotionally disturbed persons, participate in emergency detentions and deliver persons to mental health facilities when appropriate.
  5. Operate patrol vehicles under conditions ranging from routine to emergency conditions consistent with due regard for the care and caution of other users of the roadway.
  6. Operate various items of equipment used in enforcement patrol such as radar speed measuring devices, radio monitoring devices, radios, mobile data computers, cameras, digital recorders and fire extinguishers.
  7. Qualify with duty weapons and maintain proficiency in their proper handling and guidelines for their discretionary use.
  8. Take appropriate enforcement action, issue citations, effect arrest for violations detected; utilize defense and arrest tactics (DAAT) as authorized by department policy and laws of the State of WI.
  9. Administer first aid to accident victims; utilize Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED); maintain certifications.
  10. Respond to intrusion and assistance alarms. Respond to fire alarms to assist fire department personnel with vehicle or pedestrian traffic control and building access.
  11. Resolve conflict in domestic disturbances, conduct searches for missing persons, and assist with high-risk prisoner escorts.
  12. Respond to critical incidents and establish an incident command system if one is not in place.
  13. Respond to incidents that may involve extreme violence and risk such as active assailant incidents and be able to effectively utilize specialized weaponry, training and tactics to bring these situations to a resolution.
  14. Receive and disseminate information by radio, telephone, and computer. Communicate in person with the public. Coordinate communications between units within the Department and external agencies.
  15. Provide armed escort and security for dignitaries, celebrities, and objects of value.

20% Criminal Investigations

Perform preliminary and follow-up investigations necessary to solve crimes, identify suspects and victims, apprehend criminals, and document case information.

  1. Enforce State Statute and University Code violations through the apprehension of violators, while preserving the constitutional rights, dignity and safety of all persons. Physically arrest, issue citations, and incarcerate when appropriate; testify as a court witness.
  2. Identify persons in need of protective custody and place them in the appropriate facility.
  3. Operate computer equipment to conduct inquiries in State and Federal data files.
  4. Prepare complete, timely, concise, accurate and detailed reports using MS Word and Excel related to activities, incidents, or arrests and other periodic and special reports and correspondence.
  5. Identify and obtain evidence in accordance with the Constitution, state law, and case law. Protect evidence throughout an investigation. Preserve evidence through photography and other collection and processing techniques; secure and store evidence according to department policy.
  6. Interview victims, witnesses, and suspects; obtain written statements from suspects, witnesses, and victims; inform victims of their rights and resources; develop personal contacts in the community to aid in crime prevention and detection efforts. Assist other agencies with investigations.
  7. Conduct legal searches in conformity with the Constitution, state law, and court guidelines.
  8. Conduct on-scene and follow-up investigations involving violations of WI state law, University of WI System rules, accidents, and other investigations as assigned by supervisors; document appropriate reports and forms.

20% Traffic Law Enforcement

Ensure the safe and orderly flow of traffic on all University of Wisconsin roadways; enforce UW System Codes 18.06 and Wisconsin traffic laws regulating motor vehicles and their equipment.

  1. Deter traffic accidents and violations by effective patrol and observations of high-traffic areas and areas where accidents have been known to occur; perform vehicle contacts / traffic stops. Direct traffic during times of high-volume pedestrian and or vehicular traffic.
  2. Apprehend traffic law violators while preserving their constitutional rights, dignity and safety. Issue verbal and written warnings, issue citations, accept bail bond deposits, and incarcerate persons when necessary or appropriate.
  3. Operate speed violation detection devices when available.
  4. Collect observational and physical evidence involving persons operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.
  5. Document all traffic stops and use department-recommended methods of contact to ensure that all citizens are treated with fairness, dignity, and respect.
  6. Interview drivers, passengers, and witnesses. Collect and properly preserve evidence.
  7. Attend to emergency medical needs of accident victims, prior to the arrival of medical personnel.
  8. Prepare narrative and Department of Transportation report forms when required.

10% Miscellaneous Duties

  1. Attend unit staff meetings.
  2. Attend in-service and special training sessions.
  3. Conduct on-the-job training for new employees when assigned.
  4. Participate in recruiting, interviewing, and training efforts for Community Service Officers as assigned by department supervision.
  5. Provide relief or emergency dispatch services for the Department.
  6. Other duties as assigned.
  1. High school diploma, GED, or HSED
  2. Associates degree or 60 college credits
  3. Valid driver's license
  4. No domestic abuse convictions
  5. No felony convictions
  6. Ability to possess a firearm
  7. U.S. citizen
  8. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  1. Effective written and oral communication skills to communicate, interact with and be respectful of a diverse community of students, co-workers, faculty/staff, guests, and the general public.
  2. Proven knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, rules, and principles embodied in case law (court decisions and the ability to apply this knowledge with discretion as it pertains to the laws of arrest, search and seizure, collection and preservation of evidence, and use of force).
  3. Knowledge of current investigatory techniques and practices.
  4. Proven ability to observe and accurately recall facts or details about persons, events, accidents or crime scenes, physical conditions, and individuals’ behavior.
  5. Proven ability to quickly assess situations and rapidly consider various options in choosing a course of action.
  6. Ability to read, comprehend and execute complex written material and verbal instructions.
  7. Ability to complete multiple tasks under stressful or crisis conditions.
  8. Ability to utilize weaponry issued to Police Officers.
  9. Proven basic computer skills, including but not limited to, the use of Microsoft Office Programs, TraCs, and a Records Management System.
  10. Proven knowledge of federal, and state rules and regulations affecting employee health and welfare.
  11. Working knowledge of various police communications equipment and procedures.
  12. Skilled in the use of enforcement and other types of equipment such as firearms, various enforcement devices, photographic, voice recording, etc.
  13. Prior customer service experience.
  14. Certification or eligibility for certification upon hire as a law enforcement officer by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB).
  15. At least one year of experience in law enforcement (Community Service Officer, Police Officer, Corrections, or something related).
  16. Previously served or currently serves as an instructor in a discipline utilized in law enforcement (DAAT, Firearms, EVOC, Taser, ICAT, etc.)
To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

DJ-LE-330 (Completion of Section 6 on DJ-LE-330 is not required), Resume, and Cover Letter.

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by May 24, 2023 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)
For the UWO Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see, or call UWO Police Department, at (920) 424-1212 for a paper copy.


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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UW Oshkosh will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action, (920) 424-1166 or