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Police Officer

at City of De Pere

Posted: 8/25/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2378104
Keywords: police, emergency

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

General Description

Worn a badge for years? Or is your career in law enforcement just getting started? Wherever you're at in your journey to serve and protect, we want De Pere to be your next stop. The City of De Pere is looking to immediately hire experienced Police Officers for 2019 vacancies as well as establish an eligibility list to fill future vacancies.
Current Police Officers
Do you already have 1 year of full-time experience under your belt? You do? Excellent. Do you also want to work in an environment where you know your fellow officers, serve in a dynamic and thriving community, and have the ability to respond to a wide variety of calls? Still nodding your  head 'yes'? Great. The City of De Pere is the perfect fit for you!  We've even created some great new processes to make this transition seamless:

In 2018 the City of De Pere began a lateral transfer program for Police Officers.  This program is designed to allow current officers with at least 1 year of full-time experience to join the City of De Pere at an elevated entry level salary. 
1-5 years equivalent experience – start rate up to $63,804 annual base
5-10 years equivalent experience – start rate up to $68,004 annual base
10+ years equivalent experience – start rate up to $72,444 annual base
In addition, the City of De Pere has condensed the recruitment process – this means fewer trips to De Pere and less time away from work.  Candidates being considered for a lateral transfer will participate in an interview with the Police Department and the Police and Fire Commission on the same day. Following the interviews, the Police Department may begin the background process on the top candidate(s). Lateral transfer employees may be exempt from the physical abilities testing.
New Police Officers
If you're still working toward your degree or have already completed the academy and haven't been given an opportunity to shine yet in the world of law enforcement, don't worry. We're always looking for talented new members for our team and encourage you to apply. In fact, the City of De Pere offers an extensive field training program for those that are new to the field.
The City of De Pere may sponsor candidates through the Law Enforcement Academy.  The candidates will be brought on as a Police Academy Recruit. The wage rate while attending the Law Enforcement Academy is expected to be $16.53 - $22.68/hour, depending on experience and qualifications.  Upon graduation from the Law Enforcement Academy, the Police Officer Recruit will become a Police Officer with the City of De Pere.

2019 Police Officer Base Salary Schedule
Start - $56,196
1 Year - $ 59,928
2 Years - $63,804
3 Years - $68,004
4 Years - $72,444
Top Patrol Salary (5 years) - $77,220

Recruitment Schedule
Applications will be accepted on a continual basis with the recruitment process completed as needed throughout the year.  The basic recruitment process will consist of a written test, interview with the Police Department and an interview with the Police and Fire Commission. The Police and Fire Commission will establish an eligibility list.  When a vacancy occurs, the Police Chief will initiate the background process, which may include a physical abilities test.
About the City and Department
De Pere is a progressive city located along the Fox River, just minutes south of Green Bay, at the edge of a metropolitan area of 257,000 people. De Pere is an integral part of the Green Bay and Brown County metro area, which enjoys a below average cost of living, has a low crime rate, and a vibrant economy, while maintaining a small community atmosphere.
The City of De Pere is a positive, team-oriented organization with a commitment to providing exceptional customer service to its community.  The City of De Pere strives to attract, develop, and retain critical talent by promoting a diversity of thought, valuing differing perspectives, and empowering employees to share their authentic viewpoints at all levels and functions within the City.  Diversity and inclusiveness enhance our employee's ability to be thoughtful, effective and efficient while providing the very highest level of municipal service to our community.  If you enjoy a busy, positive work environment and the chance to contribute to the quality of life for a whole community, this job may be the right fit for you!
The Mission of the De Pere Police Department is to provide an integrated team approach to pro-active patrol, crime prevention and criminal investigation utilizing city and community resources to improve the safety and quality of life in De Pere.

The De Pere Police Department has a number of specialty positions within the agency that include School Liaison Officers, K9 Officer, Community Resource Officer and Traffic Officer. The De Pere Police Department is part of the Brown County multi agency SWAT Team, Brown County multi Field Force Team, Brown County Drug Task Force, and Brown County Arson Task Force. 

Essential Functions

Conduct routine preventative patrol in designated areas of the City.  Initiate contacts with both business operators and residents.
Respond to calls for police service.  Attempt to resolve domestic disputes, disturbances and other incidents through counseling or referral.  Mediate disputes among neighbors, and juveniles.  Attempt to resolve complaints from citizens of the community.  Maintain civil obedience at group functions.
Provide information and/or assistance to the public.  Answer a wide range of non-police related service calls.  Inform citizens of available services in the community.  Promote crime prevention through community and educational programs.  Make presentations to public and local organizations concerning crime prevention and related police matters.
Attempt to maintain the peace and safety of the community.  
Provide for safe flow of traffic and pedestrians within the community.  Investigate traffic accidents.  Enforce traffic violations.  Enforce state and local traffic laws and ordinances.  Promote vehicle and pedestrian safety.  Report unsafe road conditions.
Conduct criminal and non-criminal investigations.  Perform surveillance.  Conduct follow-up investigations.
Enforce laws and arrest lawbreakers.  Make felony, misdemeanor, and ordinance arrests and issue traffic ordinance citations.
Prepare written reports, forms, and other documents as required.
Testify in criminal and civil court proceedings, and give depositions.
Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of contemporary law enforcement principles, practices and methods.  Thorough knowledge of municipal, county, State and Federal rules and regulations related to law enforcement.  Knowledge of First Responder and CPR.
Considerable skill in the application of modern law enforcement principles and practices through planning, organizing, assigning, directing and inspecting the work of varied police functions, and analyzing law enforcement programs and developing policies, plans and procedures.  Skill in the operation of equipment needed to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of the position, including modern office equipment.  Skill in the operation of motorized vehicles under adverse conditions.  Skill in the care and safe operation of a variety of firearms, impact weapons, electronic control devices and chemical agents.
Ability to make accurate, rapid and independent decisions regarding interpretation of policy, laws and regulations.  Ability to organize, prioritize, and perform work with limited direction, process confidential information with discretion.  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with business representatives, elected officials, department heads, the general public, and other City employees with courtesy and tact.  Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public.  Ability to utilize a computer and required software.  
May be required to demonstrate minimum competency by successfully passing approved tests.

Minimum Requirements & Physical Requirements


  1. United States Citizen.
  2. Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, or related field, from an accredited college.  Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Administration, or a relevant degree in the social sciences, from an accredited university by time of hire.
  3. Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board Certification.
  4. Minimum 21 years of age by time of hire.
  5. Valid Wisconsin driver's license and good driving record.
  6. Must not have convictions of any Federal felony or any offense, which if committed in Wisconsin could be punishable as a felony unless the individual has received an unconditional pardon.
  7. Within twelve (12) months of the date of employment, establish and maintain a bona fide residency within a 30-mile radius from the center of the Claude Allouez Bridge. 
A combination of education and experience may be considered.
Additional State of Wisconsin Minimum Standards for Law Enforcement Officers
  • Shall not have been convicted of any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
  • The fingerprinting of the applicant, and with a search of local, state, and national finger-printing records.
  • A background investigation conducted by or on behalf of an employer.
  • The applicant shall complete a personal medical history.
  • A physical assessment shall be conducted within nine months prior to the applicant's first date of employment as an officer (i.e., pre-placement job related physical examination).
  • The applicant shall submit to and complete an oral interview (i.e., psychological evaluation).
Work is performed on patrol and in an office environment requiring good physical condition and requires ability to perform in dangerous situations under an inordinate amount of stress.
The primary duties of this class are performed in a work environment in which the employee is subject to potential personal danger. Therefore, the following physical abilities are deemed essential:
  • Lifting and/or carrying in excess of 100 pounds.
  • Must be able to hear and have correctable vision.
  • Frequent standing, walking, sitting, stooping, running.
  • Ability to run, grapple to help physically control another person, climb, reach, apply leverage from unusual positions; enter cramped and difficult to enter spaces, low visibility and unknown dangers.
  • Ability to work out of doors in the field in varying weather conditions and temperatures, noise, dust, etc,
  • Tolerating exposure to cold, heat, noise, vibration, and atmospheric conditions.
  • Ability to climb stairs; work at heights above 10 feet.
  • Ability to drive an emergency vehicle.
  • Ability to safely handle department firearms.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.