Position Overview and Values

Position Overview:

A Wauwatosa Police Officer will be ready to serve and commit to the mission and vision of the department. Police Officers are responsible for providing protection of life and property; promoting and preserving peace through cooperation; enforcing municipal, state and federal laws; and delivering police-related services for all residents and visitors of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

We believe in our work and believe our work matters.

Our officers are tasked with a number of responsibilities. Each day varies, and that’s part of what makes our careers meaningful.

As a Wauwatosa police officer, you will:

  • Respond to calls. This might include domestic disturbances, fighting, and neighborhood disputes. You’ll patrol our residential and commercial areas and build community relations.
  • Help people. Your response helps victims of accidents. You’ll correct potential problem areas, including road hazards, defects, and environmental hazards.
  • Investigate. You report violations of state laws and local ordinances. You’ll secure and protect crime scenes in order to identify and collect any physical evidence present.
  • Prepare incident reports. An important part of our work involves affidavits, citations, legal documents, memorandums, and other job-related forms and documents.
  • Train. Our highly-trained team participates in job-related training and courses to maintain skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to perform duties and maintain law enforcement certification.

Required Qualities and Characteristics

Courage: Show the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Moments will require bravery in the face of danger, and every day will require the fortitude to serve. 

Compassion: Have concern and care for others. Be able to relate with those who need police service and work toward resolutions.

Integrity: Possess the quality of being honest with strong moral principles. Not only does this quality exemplify the professionalism of a police officer, but it is necessary for courtroom testimony.

Respect: Display due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, and traditions of others. Display this quality to co-workers as well as members of the public.

Minimum Requirements

  •  21 years of age or older
  • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license or out-of-state equivalent
  • 60 college credits completed by the date of hire
  • No felony convictions
  • No domestic violence convictions

More details about our requirements can be found in the complete job description.

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1700 N 116th Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

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(414) 471-8430