Police Officer - Patrol

Salary $59,446.40 Annually Location Racine, WI Job Type Full-Time Department Police Job Number 202000455 Job Description


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.

Essential Duties


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.



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; Applicants must provide proof of compliance by submitting a copy of high school diploma and official transcripts

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.


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.


Requires performing work in adverse environmental conditions.


Motor vehicles, firearms, baton, handcuffs, chemical agents, keyboard, computer, radios, and telephone.

Supplemental Information


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 204Racine, WI 53403


Applicants must:

Be citizens of the United States

Be at least 21 years of age at time of application

Must have at least sixty (60) semester credits of post-high school education at accredited university, college, or technical school at time of application

Be of high moral character; convictions of any felony or serious misdemeanor crimes will disqualify applicants

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 Possess or obtain a valid Wisconsin driver's license upon appointment


Weight must be proportional to height

Vision must be correctable to 20/20 (in both eyes) with contact lenses


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 Attn: Human Resources, Anita Tobias 730 Washington Avenue, Room 204Racine, WI 53403


Anita Tobias

Human Resources Generalist for Public Safety

262 636-9491


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 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.
Salary Range
$27,000.00 - $42,000.00
per Year
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Racine, WI, 53404, US