In accordance with Local Ordinances, State Statutes, Federal Law and established departmental policies, procedures, and guidelines, performs a wide variety of police and law enforcement activities that include an element of personal danger and exposure to adverse conditions. Duties are primarily service oriented and include dispensing information, arbitrating disputes, providing assistance through referrals, property protection, crime prevention and investigation, apprehending criminals, directing traffic, and other public safety services.
Maintain continuous preventative patrol in assigned area of the City, patrolling residential and/or business areas for detection of violators, initiating contacts with both business operators and residents, and maintaining open communications within the community.
Respond immediately to calls for police service, attempt to resolve domestic disputes, disturbances and other incidents through counseling, referral or other peaceful means, settle disputes among neighbors, juveniles or other groups, and resolve any and all complaints from citizens of the community.
Maintain the peace and security of the community, respond to public disturbances, and maintain civil obedience at group functions.
Render miscellaneous police services such as providing information and/or assistance to the public, informing citizens of available services in the community, promoting crime prevention through community and educational programs, making presentations to public and local organizations concerning crime prevention and related police matters, locating and reporting fires and fire hazards, defective water or gas mains, sidewalk and highway defects or obstructions and defective street lights, and checking licenses and permits as necessary.
Provide for the safe and convenient flow of traffic and pedestrians within the City, investigate traffic accidents and enforces traffic violations, conduct driver intoxication investigations, and promote vehicular and pedestrian safety.
Conduct preliminary investigations of crimes, protect crime scenes, perform surveillance, and conduct follow-up investigations.
Enforce laws and ordinances within assigned area of duty, make felony and misdemeanor arrests, and issue appearance notices and traffic citations.
Complete and submit written reports, forms and other documents as required prior to going off-duty unless otherwise directed by a superior officer.
Testify in criminal and civil court proceedings and give depositions.
Maintain a consistent and reliable attendance.
Perform other duties that are within the scope of responsibilities applicable to the level of work performed by employees in positions covered by this classification specification, as required by competent authority.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Must be a citizen of the United States and at least 21 years of age at the time of application.
Must be of high moral character and free of any felony, serious misdemeanor or domestic abuse conviction.
The City of Racine has no residency requirements for employees.
Out-of-State certified officers are required to successfully complete the Wisconsin Reciprocity Exam prior to the Police and Fire Commission Interviews.
You must possess the following:
High School Diploma or GED and sixty (60) semester credits of post-high school education at an accredited university, college, or technical school by the date of application
General knowledge of laws and ordinances of the State of Wisconsin and the City of Racine, with the ability to develop a working knowledge of departmental rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
Ability to communicate effectively with superiors, subordinates, and the general public, with the ability to exercise discretion
Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, and to determine the proper course of action within the established framework of policies and procedures
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions and maintain composure under emergency situations
Skill in operating a motor vehicle under adverse conditions
Ability to care for and safely operate a variety of firearms and chemical agents
Must be able to learn the geography of the City and its surrounding communities.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:
Weight must be proportionate to height, vision must be correctable to 20/20 in both eyes, with glasses or contact lenses, and must have acceptable sensory capabilities in hearing and olfactory senses.
Tasks involve the regular, and at times sustained, performance of heavier physical tasks such as walking over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, working in confined spaces, lifting or carrying moderately heavy (20 to 50 pounds) items and occasionally very heavy (100 pounds or over) items. Climbing ladders, jumping fences, grappling with suspects, running for long distances, and moving from extended sitting to quick activity.
ENVIRONMENTAL/WORKING CONDITIONS OF THE POSITION
Requires performing work in adverse environmental conditions.
Motor vehicles, firearms, baton, handcuffs, chemical agents, keyboard, computer, radios, and telephone.
RACINE POLICE DEPARTMENT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Print the following pages for future reference
Fill out application completely (leaving no blank spaces, NA if it does not apply)
Be sure read the acknowledgement at the end of the application and click on the "submit" button (this is your electronic signature)
You may mail, drop off, or E-Script your official transcripts to:
City of Racine Human Resources Department, Attn: Anita Tobias 730 Washington Avenue, Room 204 Racine, WI 53403
LATERAL ENTRY TRANSFER REQUIERMENTS:
1. Employed as a full time and active law enforcement officer within the United States.
2. Must be continuously employed full-time for two years (excluding military service).
3. Successful completion of ALL stages of the hiring process as defined by the City of Racine Police and Fire Commission.
4. For out of state lateral applicants, successful completion of the State of Wisconsin designated testing in lieu of attending a Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officer Training Academy. Failure to successfully complete the testing to receive a waiver from attendance at the law enforcement academy will disqualify the candidate for the Lateral Entry Program.
5. Successful completion of the Wisconsin Physical Readiness Test if not successfully completed within the past 18 months.
LATERAL ENTRY COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
1. Starting salary consistent with years of experience (rounded down to a whole number) . Example: An officer with 3 years and 4 months of service lateralling would receive a starting wage of an Association member with 3 years' experience.
2. Vacation time consistent with years of experience (rounded down to a whole number). Example: An officer with 7 years and 11 months of service lateralling would receive earned vacation pay of an Association member with 7 years' experience (15 days).
3. The field training program may include great flexibility in accordance with the lateral officer's ability to adjust to the new program.
4. Seniority rights begin upon the date of hire at the City.
5. Probationary period will be 12 months.
NOTE: No other enhanced benefits or privileges are extended to recognize prior service (to include participation in promotional examinations, seniority, nor lateral inter-departmental applications). Some considerations may be made for those possessing special skills in certain areas (such as Honor Guard or Evidence Technicians).
Conviction of a domestic violence related offense. Conviction of any of the following traffic offenses within the past three years: operating while intoxicated, hit and run, and license revocation related offenses.
The information you provide during the recruitment process will be used to assist members of the Racine Police Department throughout the entire recruitment process. Your file will be forwarded to the Racine Police and Fire Commission for their review. Any negative facts in your background will be evaluated in terms of the circumstances and facts surrounding their occurrence. These facts will then be considered as to the degree of relevance they may have to the job of a police officer.
The recruitment group is comprised of members of the police department with varying ranks, experiences, and assignments. These members will be available to assist you at the agility course and during other phases of the recruitment process. A complete list of members and their hours and phone numbers will be available during the agility portion of the process.
Any written communications relative to the recruitment process should be addressed to:
City of Racine Human Resources Dept., ATTN: Anita Tobias, 730 Washington Avenue, Room 204 Racine, WI 53403
Human Resources Generalist for Public Safety
RECRUITMENT PROCESS STEPS
Step 1. Application
(NeoGov) link to application if current job opening
Step 2. Screening
The screening is performed by Human Resources to determine that you are not automatically disqualified based upon some of your application answers.
Step 3. Written Test
Step 4. Physical Agility Test
Step 5. Panel Interview
Candidates that pass the written exam will be scheduled for an interview with staff members from the Racine Police Department. Your qualifications, communication skills, and many other job related factors will be evaluated relating to your suitability and fitness to begin a police career with the Racine Police Department.
Step 6. Evaluation of Candidates / Background Checks
Training Unit staff members will evaluate candidates and prepare the PFC Packets.
Step 7. PFC (POLICE, FIRE COMMISSION) Interviews
Step 8. Shift Experience / Ride-a-long
Step 9. Chief's Interview
Step 10. Medical and Psychological Exams
Step 11. Swearing-In
You will be sworn in by the Chief of Police at the Racine Police Department.
***$59,446.40 annual salary figure is based on 2018-2020 RPA contract for Police Officer starting wage.