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Police Officer

Kenosha, Wisconsin


City of Kenosha

625 52nd Street

Kenosha, WI 53140

Phone: 262-653-4130  

Fax: 262-653-4127



Salary: $59,508.00 - $73,908.00

Population: 100,150

Sworn Officers: 206

Application Deadline: 9/22/18





invites applications for the position of:

Police Officer (4-2) 2019





$4,959.00 - $6,159.00 Monthly

$59,508.00 - $73,908.00 Annually





9/22/18 at 11:59 PM




10/4/18, 10/5/18 & 10/6/18



This recruitment is open to all qualified applicants meeting the minimum qualifications. Police Officer recruitments are conducted approximately every twelve months. This recruitment will establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates.


In order to be admitted to the academy, candidates must pass a Physical Readiness Test administered by academy staff. (Click on link for details of the

Physical Readiness Test and see chart below under Physical Requirements with entrance and exit standards for the academy Physical Readiness Test.)

This position is represented by Kenosha Professional Police Association and is covered by a fair share agreement.


Appointed are on probation for 252 days worked if a certified law enforcement officer or 352 days worked if attending the academy and may be removed without cause and without any right of appeal. Incumbents hired must comply with all departmental policies and procedures.



Residency Requirement:


Within one month after the completion of the probationary period, applicants must reside within the boundaries indicated on the map below (under Method of Selection). The incumbent of this position is required to maintain such residency during the term of employment.



Recruitment Process:


The recruitment process consists of the following steps:

  • Application acceptance period (2/22/18 deadline)

  • Application review period

  • Written examination (10/4/18, 10/5/18, 10/6/18)

  • Panel interviews

  • Award Veteran Preference Points (if applicable)

  • Eligibility list

  • Police Chief's interview


Applicants must complete and pass each step in order to make it to the eligibility list. The eligibility list will be developed based on the composite score of applicants who successfully pass the written exam and an oral panel interview. When a police officer vacancy occurs, Human Resources will provide applicants to the Police Chief from the eligibility list for a final interview. The applicants presented to the Police Chief are among the top ten (10) scoring and qualified candidates on the eligibility list for the first vacancy. For each additional vacancy, the Police Chief will receive up to five (5) names from the next highest scoring and qualified candidates. The Police Chief will use the eligibility list to fill vacancies for the next twelve (12) months or until ten or fewer candidates remain on the list. The list may be extended by the Police & Fire Commission up to an additional 6 months.


Click here for additional information on the recruitment process. Please note that almost all communication (throughout the recruitment process) will be by email, so please be sure to provide the correct email address and check your email on an ongoing basis.



Application Procedure:


Applications must be complete, thorough and submitted online. Paper applications will not be accepted. We currently accept attachments with the following extensions: .bmp, .doc, .docx, .gif, .jpeg, .pdf, .png, .tif, .xls, and .xlsx. Attachments that are larger than five (5) megabytes will not be accepted. If your file is larger than five (5) megabytes, you will need to reduce the file size. Candidates submitting incomplete applications, will be rejected and will not be permitted to participate in the examination process.



Written Test:


If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will receive an email to self-schedule for the written exam once the application review is complete. You will be eliminated from the recruitment process if you fail to respond. The test is being provided by Wisconsin Personnel Partners and is proctored by the City of Kenosha Human Resources Department. Candidates who have taken the approved test within the last six (6) months can re-use their previous score (if a minimum of a 70%) and do not need to re-take the test. Click here for additional information on the written exam. Applicants need to score a minimum of a 70% in order to proceed to the next step in the City's recruitment process.



Panel Interviews:


The oral panel interview dates will be determined after the written exam is completed. For those who pass the written exam, you will receive an email notification to self-schedule your interview. You will be eliminated from the recruitment process if you fail to respond. Click here for additional information on preparing for the panel interview.



The Kenosha Police Department is seeking police officers to enforce local and state laws and ordinances, patrol the City in car and on foot, conduct criminal investigations, make arrests, direct traffic, serve process, and perform any and all other duties required for successful job performance and as assigned by a superior officer.




  • Conducts routine preventative patrol in designated areas of the City; patrols residential/business areas for detection of violators; initiates contacts with both business operators and residents; maintains an open line of communications within the community.

  • Responds to calls for police service; attempts to resolve domestic disputes, disturbances and other incidents through counseling or referral; settles disputes among neighbors, juveniles, and/or gangs; resolves any and all complaints from citizens of the community.

  • Provides information and/or assistance to the public; answers a wide range of non-police related service calls; informs citizens of available services in the community; promotes crime prevention through community and educational programs; makes presentations to public and local organizations concerning crime prevention and related police matters.

  • Attempts to maintain the peace and safety of the community; responds to public disturbances; maintains civil obedience functions.

  • Provides for the safe and convenient flow of traffic and pedestrians within the community; investigates traffic accidents; enforces traffic violations; conducts driver intoxication investigations; promotes vehicular and pedestrian safety; reports unsafe road conditions.

  • Conducts criminal and non-criminal investigations; performs surveillance; conducts follow-up investigations.

  • Enforces laws and arrests lawbreakers; makes felony and misdemeanor arrests; issues Notices to Appear and traffic citations.

  • Prepares written reports, forms, and other documents as required.

  • Testifies in criminal and civil court proceedings; gives depositions.


(NOTE: The duties listed above are intended as illustrations of the various types of work performed by persons in positions covered by this classification specification. This list is not all inclusive. The omission of a particular job duty does not mean that the duty is not one of the essential functions of the position. Management reserves the right to assign employees in this classification to duties not listed above, if the duties are fairly within the scope of responsibilities applicable to the level of work performed by employees in positions covered by this classification specification. This classification specification does not create an employment contract between the City and the employee and is subject to change by the City as the needs of the City and the department change over time.)





Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.

  • Ability to speak and understand the English language.

  • Completion of either a two year Associate Degree or a minimum of 60 fully accredited college level credits within 5 years of the date of hire pursuant to LES 2.01(1)(e).

  • United States citizen.

  • Attained the age of eighteen (18) years of age at the time of application.

  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Wisconsin's driver's license with a good driving record that meets the City standards.

  • Have no physical, mental or emotional conditions which could adversely affect their ability to perform the essential duties of the job.

  • Must meet the vision standard set by the City.

  • No loss of hearing within normal voice range.

  • No felony convictions unless pardoned.

  • Others required by law enforcement standards.


Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

  • Knowledge of federal laws, state statutes, and local ordinances.

  • Knowledge of the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of the Kenosha Police Department.

  • Knowledge of crime prevention techniques.

  • Knowledge of First Responder and CPR.

  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with superiors, subordinates, and the general public.

  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively.

  • Ability to determine proper courses of action within the established framework of policies and procedures.

  • Ability to learn the geography of the City and surrounding areas.

  • Ability to maintain composure under emergency situations.

  • Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions.

  • Skills in the care and safe operation of a variety of firearms, impact weapons, and chemical agents.

  • Skills in the operation of motorized vehicles under adverse conditions.

  • Ability to work shift work.

  • Ability to develop a working knowledge of departmental rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

  • Ability to learn and adapt to changing technologies and practices.

  • Must possess ability to exercise discretion.


Physical Requirements:

  • Involves 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, and lifting or carrying moderately heavy (20-50 pounds) items and occasionally very heavy (100 pounds or over) items.

  • Physical ability will be tested prior to entrance into a preparatory law enforcement officer training academy and again during Phase 3 of the academy. See the table below for the State of Wisconsin - Department of Justice standards.

Physical Readiness Test Entrance Standards Exit Standards
1.5 mile run 20:20 minutes 16:57
300m run 82 seconds 68 seconds
Push ups 18 23
Sit-ups 24 30
Vertical Jump 11.5 inches 14
Agility Run 23.4 seconds 19.5 seconds



Environmental Requirements:

  • Task requires that work be performed in adverse environmental conditions.


Sensory Requirements:

  • Task requires color perception and discrimination with no impairment.

  • Task requires sound perception and discrimination.

  • Task requires odor perception and discrimination.

  • Task requires depth perception and discrimination.

  • Task requires texture perception and discrimination.

  • Task requires visual perception and discrimination in each eye correctable to 20/20.

  • Task requires oral communications ability.





The examination will consist of a written test, oral panel interviews, a psychological evaluation and a medical examination including a drug screen (in accordance with the American's With Disabilities Act - ADA.) The passing grade on the written examination shall be established using acceptable statistical techniques and consideration of the needs of the City. Qualified applicants will be notified by e-mail of the exact time and location of the exams. Applicants must pass each portion of the examination process. Selected applicants will also be subjected to a background investigation of their work history and other factors considered important for successful job performance.








Applications must be received no later than 4:30 PM Central Standard Time (CST) the date of the job closing.



Job #201900000







625 - 52nd Street

Room 205

Kenosha, WI 53140

Phone: (262) 653-4130

Fax: (262) 653-4127





8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Monday - Friday





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