The Police Officer is a sworn law enforcement position under the general direction of a ranking officer or supervisor. Police Officers must be capable of providing a full range of law enforcement services. They enforce laws, investigate complaints, investigate incidents which may have an impact on the University, maintain order, assist people, identify criminal activity, apprehend and arrest offenders, identify the source of problems in the community and work with the community to resolve issues.
All Police Officers in permanent status are expected to have the ability to conduct complex investigations, take photographs, collect physical evidence and assist less senior officers in similar circumstances. Police Officers must be capable of preparing complete written reports of all investigation and testifying regarding those reports when necessary. Police officers must maintain a high level of proficiency in the use of police equipment including the handling and use of firearms and be capable of using deadly force when appropriate based on the laws of the State of Wisconsin and Department Written Directives.
Police officers should be capable of working in cooperation with officers from other agencies and interacting with persons from other University departments, mental health and social services agencies. Police officers may be required to participate in crowd control and dignitary protection details.
Experienced Police Officers may be selected to serve as Police Training Officers, Evidence Technicians or Community Officers, in which cases additional training is normally provided. Experienced officers may also be assigned to Court Services, Crime Prevention, Personnel and Training, Emergency Management, Infrastructure Security or the Detective Bureau.
UW-Madison Police Department employees will support the Department's vision and mission by operating in a fair, unbiased manner which respects the rights and dignity of all individuals. As a Department employee, your everyday actions will be guided by the Department's values of Honor, Integrity, Guardians, Health, Empathy and Respect (Reaching HIGHER) and be grounded in the highest ethical and professional standards. UW-Madison Police Department employees are expected to take an active role in creating and maintaining a positive, welcoming and inclusive work environment. Employees will assist or participate in the Department's recruiting, hiring and diversity efforts and the on-boarding of new employees in the work unit. Department employees are expected to work in partnership with the campus and area communities to provide leadership in solving community problems, preventing crime and providing a safe environment to fulfill the mission of the University. Employees will strive for excellence in fulfilling the Department's mission and vision statements, values and goals.
As part of building community trust, employees are expected to intervene in crises; protect life and property; and actively participate in crime prevention and education and training of public. The ability to collect data, document, report, and analyze incidents is critical to maintaining a safe environment. In addition employees in this position must be able to plan, self-analyze, adjust, predict and adapt to change, and have a visionary and futuristic outlook. Employees are expected to build trust and positive relationships not only within the Department, but also with key partner agencies and entities and the UW-Madison community. Employees will be actively engaged within the Department and the campus community.
Candidate must have a current Wisconsin Law Enforcement Certification or have been Wisconsin Law Enforcement certified within the past two years. Candidate must also meet all UW Risk Management criteria to operate university vehicles (no more than two moving violations, operating after revocation or suspension, or operating without a valid driver's license within the two years and/or have more than six demerit points assessed on his or her driver's license and have a valid Wisconsin Driver's License upon appointment). Must not have any unpardoned felony convictions, any domestic violence convictions, any other criminal convictions within the past five years, convictions for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in the past five years.
Persons in this position must pass the initial application screening, all steps of the hiring process, an extensive background investigation (including past employment, reference checks, social media check (does not require you to disclose any passwords) and credit history) drug screen, physical and psychological examination prior to beginning employment. Persons in this position must obtain or possess a valid Wisconsin Driver's License. Persons in this position are expected to dress in required duty uniform.
Persons in this position need to maintain a level of physical ability to exert significant physical effort at any time. This may include the need to be able to lift or drag a person, run for short distances and overcome significant physical resistance from another person. Persons in the position must have good vision and hearing to carry out basic law enforcement duties. In times of Department need, including disasters, emergencies and events, persons in this position may be required to work long hours (12-24 or more hours at a stretch) under stressful conditions with a limited number of off-duty breaks of short durations.
Many times difficult decisions, impacting upon the possible loss of life, damage to property, labor relations or work stoppage issues, and tort and legal liability must be made. In those times, those work objectives must be completed with a minimum of delay, sometimes within very short time frames. This position could potentially work in very dangerous situations or buildings, inclement weather, potential chemical hazards, etc.