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Police Officer

Janesville Police Department


Contact Information


Janesville Police Department
100 N. Jackson Street
Janesville, WI 53547-5005

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 09/03/21


  • Salary Minimum: $45,547.53 annually

    Salary Maximum: $79,855.95 annually

    Dependent on Qualifications (Laterals accepted)


    • Clothing Allowance
    • Deferred Compensation
    • Dental
    • Health Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Paid Holidays: 11
    • Sick Leave
    • Vacation
    • Wisconsin Retirement Fund


  • 105


  • 64,245 (2019)

Position Details

Police Officer

Janesville Police Department

Janesville, WI

Reason for Announcement:

Applications are now being accepted to Fill vacancy and Establish eligibility list

Type of Opening:


Position Responsibilities:

Skill in:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective skills in maintaining accurate, detailed, and confidential/sensitive records and information.
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer service, and organizational skills to appropriately interface with the public as a representative of the department and City and present oneself in a calm, knowledgeable manner.
  • Strong ethics base built upon integrity, honesty, and respect. 

Ability to:

  • Ability to learn the principles and practices of modern police practices.
  • Ability to learn the streets and physical layout of the community and the locations requiring special police attention.
  • Ability to learn crime reporting, crime analysis principles and practices, and crime prevention techniques and activities.
  • Ability to learn criminal investigation procedures, practices, techniques, and activities.
  • Ability to learn federal, state, and local laws, statutes, ordinances, codes, regulations, and policies regarding police operations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in verbal and written form, and to follow verbal and written instructions with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to effectively represent the police department to the general public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with elected and appointed City officials, division and department heads, community leaders and groups, neighborhood groups, business representatives, department staff and employees, outside agencies, and the general public.
  • Ability to understand, comply with, and make decisions in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, ordinances, and established procedures.
  • Ability to perform duties with considerable judgment, resourcefulness, and initiative under limited supervision and within the boundaries of responsibility.
  • Ability to work courteously and firmly with the general public.
  • Ability to consider conflicting needs, options, and information and to make difficult decisions.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and making critical decisions; exhibit initiative, problem solving capacity, effective and mature judgment, and imagination in coping with complex situations.
  • Ability to respond quickly to emergencies and other calls for service without unnecessarily jeopardizing the safety of the officer, other members of the police department, or the public.
  • Ability to tolerate stress in a multitude of forms and maintain a balances perspective in the face of constant exposure to the worst side of human nature.
  • Ability to develop proficiency in the use of firearms and operation of motor vehicles.
  • Ability to apply techniques of self-defense and use necessary force to apprehend and restrain violent or hostile individuals.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Ability to fire weapons, pass firearm safety and qualification standards, and use deadly force when necessary.
  • Ability to subdue and arrest a resisting or attacking individual.
  • Ability to administer first aid and render assistance when necessary.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information and materials in a professional manner.
  • Ability to timely and accurately prepare and review relevant records and reports.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and to work smoothly and cooperatively on a variety of procedures.
  • Ability to cope with stressful situations firmly, courteously, and tactfully and with respect for the rights of others. 



Motor vehicles, reasonably and safely under routine and emergency conditions, often for lengthy periods of time and in all types of weather/roadway conditions. Firearms with demonstrated proficiency in the care and use of assigned/authorized weapons. Personal protective equipment. Basic office equipment, including but not limited to personal computer, facsimile machines, copiers, cellular communications equipment and telephone. Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook), ten (10) key calculator, printer, scanner, tape recorder, general office equipment, and job-specific equipment as required by assignment. Basic tools and equipment necessary to perform job tasks and functions including but not limited to 2-way radios, first-aid equipment, digital cameras, fire extinguishers, handcuffs, less-lethal weapons, body cameras, and personal restraint devices, flashlights, standard police uniforms, cameras, other simple tools, etc.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving vehicles; in high, precarious places; and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, extreme heat and extreme cold. On occasional, the employee may work in a regular office environment. The position predominantly involves regular shift work, including working 24/7 shift hours, rotational and/or fixed, both indoors and outdoors or during normal business hours. The employee may be exposed to severe weather while performing tasks. There is also exposure to many unknown conditions; including possible hazardous sites and dangerous situations or conditions. The employee may be exposed to life-threatening situations and may be subject to personal hostility. An individual in this position is frequently required to see/observe, talk/speak and listen/hear; sit, walk, stand and on occasion, may need to lift, carry, push or pull objects, up to 100 pounds. The employee is occasionally required to stand, stoop and climb or balance; use hands to finger, handle, grasp, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; repetitive arm, hand and eye movements are included. There is occasional twisting, kneeling, squatting, crawling, climbing, reaching and wrist turning. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. Employee is required to use cognitive ability to reason, analyze and verbalize thoughts and ideas. The employee is required to operate a motor vehicle. The employee may also be required to run and jump, and may be involved in physical exchanges with others. The employee must have the physical condition to affect arrests, subdue resisting individuals, chase fleeing suspects, run to persons requiring emergency assistance and lift/carry equipment and injured/deceased persons. Individuals in this position must also be able to force entry into buildings, climb flights of stairs/ladders and perform life-saving procedures (CPR, first aid, etc.). The employee must be available and present for work as scheduled; be available for on-call emergency notifications and response when deemed necessary; and perform all functions of the job safely and efficiently at all times and in compliance with all safety regulations and policies for the safety and welfare of the employee, co-workers and the general public.


  • Ability to handle several tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to perform essential functions of this position
  • Ability to possess a firearm
  • Ability to use all standard law enforcement equipment
  • Able to work evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Clear and concise speech
  • Driver's license
  • Eligibility for Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board Certification
  • Good driving record
  • Good physical condition
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and skills in operating computer systems
  • No domestic abuse convictions
  • No felony convictions
  • React quickly and effectively to stressful situations
  • U.S. citizen
  • Minimum Age: Age 18 

Education Requirements:

  • High school diploma 60 college credits / Associate's degree 

Additional Education Information:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent, supplemented by a minimum 40 college semester credits at time of application (60 college semester credits for lateral transfer candidates at time of application) or associate degree in police science, criminal justice, or related field or general studies from an accredited college or university. 


  • Background Check
  • Drug Screening
  • Medical Examination
  • Oral Interviews
  • Physical Fitness/Agility Screening- WI Physical Readiness Test
  • Psychological Examination
  • Residency Required
  • Vision Examination
  • Written Exam 

Other Notes:

  • Accepting lateral applicants (WI reciprocity exam possible for non-WI sworn officers) 

Apply at:

Affirmative Action (AA) American Disability Act (ADA) Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

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