Police Officer - UWW Police Department - Multiple Openings - 20797


The University Police Department in the Division of Finance and Administrative Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks two Police Officers (Police Officer I, CP039). 


This position is responsible for the provision of law enforcement functions, technical aspects of law enforcement, coordination of specialty functions and security services for the department and campus. This position reports to and works under the general supervision of a Lieutenant. Depending upon circumstances, situations and operations, this position may also report to the Chief/Director and his or her designee.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be able to complete a WI Department of Justice "Law Enforcement Recruit" training course and become certified as a Law Enforcement Officer in Wisconsin; OR already be certified by the WI Law Enforcement Standards Board as a Law Enforcement Officer.
  • Candidates cannot have any unpardoned felony convictions or convictions for situations involving domestic violence
  • A post-secondary degree OR a minimum of 60 credits of post-secondary education from an accredited school
  • Must possess a valid WI Driver's License with a good record, which includes non-convictions for which the license was suspended/revoked
  • Must be at least 18 years of age, of good character and be "free from any physical, emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect performance" as a law enforcement officer 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of statutory provisions relating to the making of arrests and handling prisoners
  • Considerable knowledge of state and local laws pertaining to enforcement activities
  • Considerable knowledge of modern crime prevention and detection techniques
  • Considerable knowledge of investigative techniques
  • Considerable knowledge of emergency medical assistance principles and techniques
  • Considerable knowledge of crowd control tactics
  • Skill in assessing situations and incidents and choosing the most appropriate course of action
  • Skill in oral and written communication
  • Skill in handling firearms
  • Skill in driving motor vehicle
  • Skill in effecting arrests
  • Skill in conducting investigations
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds


A. Performance of law enforcement functions.

A1. Detection of violations of State laws and WI Administrative Code which occur within the legal jurisdiction of the department.
A2. Take appropriate corrective action including warning, citing or arresting suspected violators (criminal, traffic or alcohol related offenses).
A3. Conduct investigations of alleged or suspected criminal activity to arrest the perpetrator of the crime or to deter occurrences of any future criminal activity.
A4. Interview complainants, witnesses, suspects and others who may have knowledge of the violation in order to obtain facts and information.
A5. Record and document incidents by preparing written reports concerning those incidents.
A6. Collect and preserve physical evidence at crime scene to be used later for prosecution of arrested individual(s) and to maintain the chain of evidence.
A7. Make lawful arrests or detentions of suspected violators by taking them into physical custody and independently determining whether perpetrators should be incarcerated or released pending court appearance.
A8. Photograph and fingerprint suspect(s) who have been arrested when necessary.
A9. Provide court testimony for cases designated by the district attorney's office(s).
A10. Enforce parking regulations by taking appropriate actions (citing and/or towing).
A11. Patrol all areas of campus, by either foot or motorized patrol, to provide security and protection to those areas.  Patrol utilizing a bicycle is also authorized for Police Officers who have successfully completed a Police Cyclist Training Program.
A12. Provide assistance to other law enforcement agencies as necessary.
A13. Perform other departmental duties as assigned by Lieutenant, Assistant Chief, Chief/Director and/or his or her designee.

B. Performance of security and various other services to the University community.

B1. Develop and give presentations concerning law enforcement or crime awareness/prevention topics to various groups as assigned.
B2. Provide money escorts to local banks.
B3. Provide crowd control and traffic direction.
B4. Identify and make necessary reports of security, safety and repair problems.
B5. Report obvious safety deficiencies, which are found during patrols of campus buildings, facilities or grounds, to the appropriate staff responsible for the repair or correction.  Some of these safety deficiencies may include lights not functioning, trip hazards, exposed electrical wiring, and obstructed emergency exits or other potential dangers.
B6. Provide directions, information or other services to faculty, staff, students and the general public as individual situations require.
B7. Assist Emergency Medical Services personnel during incidents of medical crisis, as needed and within the scope of training.

C. Performance of technical aspects of law enforcement.

C1. Maintain proficiency and meet department standards in areas of CPR/Basic Life Support, firearms, defensive tactics, physical fitness and emergency vehicle operation.
C2. Attend classes and in-service training to maintain and enhance current law enforcement knowledge and skills.
C3. Attend specialized classes to obtain skills and training.

D. Performance or coordination of specialty functions for the department.

D1. Satisfactorily perform specialty functions, which are assigned, to support department operations and mission.  Some of these functions may include areas such as Education/Crime Prevention Officer, Court Officer, Firearms Instructor, DAAT Instructor, Bicycle Patrol Officer, Evidence Custodian, Crime Scene Technician, Shift or Event Officer-in-Charge, Hazardous Materials, National Incident Management System or any other comparable area of specialization or coordination as needed by the department.


UW-Whitewater is a thriving public university located in southeastern Wisconsin. It leads the way in providing world-class, affordable higher education programs to more students than neighboring regional comprehensives in the University of Wisconsin System. A collaborative team of 1,300 faculty and staff are devoted to the success of the university's 11,500 students at its main and Rock County campuses. The team provides high-impact practices and academic programs - online and in person - from associate to doctoral levels. Recognized nationally for affordability, inclusion, and career development, UWW serves approximately one-third first-generation students and boasts strength in many areas, especially business and education. The campus and community embrace the Warhawk Family spirit, supporting the university’s arts and nationally recognized NCAA Division-III level championship athletics. As a proud institution of access, more than 10 percent of undergraduate students use the acclaimed Center for Students with Disabilities - a priority mission since the 1970s.  

UW-Whitewater's campuses are located centrally near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, offering easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Near both Lake Geneva and the Wisconsin Dells, the area attracts numerous visitors from across the country. Whitewater is a vibrant college community near the Kettle Moraine State Forest offering area residents seasonal outdoor enjoyment. The nearby Rock County campus is located in Janesville, a town of 60,000 located on the Rock River and known as Wisconsin's Park Place.

Belonging and mattering are central to the university's culture, and UW-Whitewater strives to maintain an environment where individual and collective efforts are valued and celebrated. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr.  If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting hourly wage within a range of $27-$35/hour based upon education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System's comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 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. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources. UW-Whitewater is not an e-verify employer, therefore STEM extensions are not options for work authorization.


Applications received by June 9, 2024 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1024 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
SueAnn Farnsworth
Administrative Specialist
262-472-3180 or farnswos@uww.edu


Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

·        Name and contact information for three professional references
This Job ID is 20797

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