Police Officer

Police Officer

Career Description

The City of Glendale Police Department has opened the recruitment process to accept applications to establish an eligibility list for the position of Police Officer.

Starting 2023 salary is $67,266.73 with top pay at $85,836.50 after three (3) years, and will move to 2024 starting salary of $69,621.07 with top pay at $88,840.78 after three (3) years.  Benefits include Wisconsin Retirement Fund, health insurance, life insurance, sick leave, vacation, paid holidays, clothing allowance, deferred compensation program and a health reimbursement account. There are no residency requirements.

Lateral Entry Program allows opportunity for increased starting pay and vacation based on prior years of full-time Law Enforcement service. Hiring process includes a written test, interview, and assessment center.

To apply you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have never been convicted of a felony (unless pardoned)
  • No domestic abuse convictions
  • Ability to lawfully possess a firearm
Prior to appointment you must: 
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have a Bachelor's Degree, Associates Degree in Police Science or L.E.S.B Certified with a minimum of sixty (60) college level credits.
  • Possess a valid Driver's License.
  • Applications forms must be filed in completely. (Incomplete applications may not be considered)
NOTE: The OMISSION of any forms required may invalidate your application.

It is your responsibility to keep the Glendale Police Department informed of any changes to your name, address, telephone or employment that occur after submitting your application. Failure to provide this information may eliminate you from consideration for employment. You should contact the Administrative Assistant at the Glendale Police Department, 414-228-1737, with the pertinent data.

  • Works in hazardous conditions or dangerous situations.
  • Perform all duties involved in the protection of life and property.
  • May warn, ticket or arrest violators of City ordinances, State and Federal laws.
  • Enforce traffic and parking laws.
  • Familiarizes self with the City and persons living in the area.
  • Notes and investigates suspicious persons and establishments.
  • Reports hazards.
  • Disperses unruly crowds at public gatherings.
  • Renders first aid at accidents, and investigates causes and results of accident.
  • Directs and reroutes traffic around fires or other disruptions.
  • Inspects public establishments requiring licenses to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Warns or arrests persons violating animal ordinances.
  • Writes and files daily reports.
  • Drives patrol vehicle in under normal and adverse conditions.
  • Investigates crimes, suspicious circumstances and other incidents as required.
  • Becomes familiar with persons of bad character and notes their habits, associates, premises they enter and keep a record of the same.
  • Observe any neglected child or homeless person who depends upon the public for support and report the same.
  • Attend training sessions as assigned.
  • Perform parade and crowd control duties.
  • Serve as a relief desk officer as needed.
  • Attend Court appearances as required.
  • Ability to work different shift hours and overtime.
  • Willing to work on holidays and weekends. 


Education and/or Experience

  • Educational requirements include either an Associates Degree in Police Science, Bachelor's Degree in any field, or Wisconsin L.E.S.B. certification with at least 60 college credits by date of hire.
  • Lateral Entry Program allows opportunity for increased starting pay and vacation based on prior years of full-time Law Enforcement service.
Reasoning Ability
  • Apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form.
  • Deal with problems involving several concrete variables in or from standardized situations.
  • Applying rational judgment under stressful conditions.
Additional Information

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Standing, walking, running, climbing, sitting and stooping.
  • Balancing and bending/twisting.
  • Talking and hearing.
  • Far vision at 20 feet or further and near vision at 20 inches or less.
  • Ability to adjust focus and utilize peripheral vision.
  • Handling, grasping and fingering; filing, typing, writing, etc.
  • Lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling up to 100 lbs. or less.
  • Ability to handle and utilize a deadly weapon.
  • Maintain alertness for extended periods of time.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Inside office environment:
  • Noise level is usually moderate.
  • Exposure to atmospheric conditions, such as dust and poor ventilation.
  • Listens to emotional, sometimes angry, citizens and public.
  • Subject to verbal and physical abuse as may be rendered by violators taken into custody.
Exposure to outdoor conditions including rain, heat, sleet, snow and subzero temperatures.
  • Noise level varies from loud to very loud.
  • May drive or carry out routine duties in unfavorable, dangerous conditions.
  • Work in high, precarious places.
  • Subject to fumes or airborne particles.
  • Risk of electrical shock.
  • May work near mechanical, moving parts.
  • Work near caustic or toxic chemicals.
  • Work with explosives