The Fox Point Police Department is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of the residents and visitors while enforcing the laws in a fair and equitable manner. We accomplish these goals through a community policing model and are seeking individuals who believe they can work cooperatively with the public and other law enforcement personnel in this type of an environment.
We encourage you to review the information below to gain a better understanding of the positions expectations and benefits. Additionally, our annual reports are available here to provide a snapshot of the previous years activities.
If you are considering a career with the Fox Point Police Department, reach out to our staff to schedule a meeting and ride-along. Application material is available online.
Police officers are problem solvers – interacting with a wide spectrum of individuals, responding to an array of critical issues, and directly helping people with tangible results. The profession is rewarding as well as challenging. Police officers run toward danger and often interact with people on their worst days – as an officer, you are the bridge between crisis and a healthy and safe outcome for the individuals you serve.
New officers will have the ability to participate in all aspects of police work, from community engagement and problem-solving, to criminal investigations and traffic enforcement. You will find the camaraderie of being part of a team with the freedom to shape your own career. You will join some of the finest women and men in law enforcement on a department that prides itself on its high level of professionalism.
Police officers wear many hats in the community and will be asked to perform numerous tasks throughout the day. The list below is a general overview of the duties and responsibilities, but is far from all-inclusive.
- Preserves the peace by responding to calls for service involving altercations between people, including but not limited to domestic disturbances, fighting, and neighbor disputes; performs traffic control; enforces state and local laws and ordinances relating to keeping of the peace; provides foot patrol to neighborhoods and business areas in order to maintain community relations.
- Protects life by responding to calls for service and emergency assistance; renders aid to the physically injured, handicapped, and others requiring assistance, including but not limited to victims of accidents, criminal incidents, and mental or physical disabilities; investigates safety hazards and takes action to correct potential problem areas, including road hazards, property defects, and environmental hazards.
- Protects property by performing security checks of residences and businesses, physically walking through residential areas and viewing all areas of buildings to ensure their physical integrity; observes potential of real hazards including but not limited to natural disasters, fires, alarms, gas leaks, hazardous material spills, roadway debris, and other structure and infrastructure defects, and take corrective action by contacting proper authorities for assistance and/or securing areas through the use of barricades of other devices; takes found property into custody for safekeeping.
- Investigates violations of state laws and local ordinances, and arrests violators using the degree of force necessary in accordance with state law and department policy; secures and protects crime scenes in order to identify and collect any physical evidence present; obtains descriptions of suspects and vehicles involved in crimes or criminal activity; enforces traffic laws on order to curtail violations which endanger lives and property, including excessive speed, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, and careless driving.
- Prepares incident and accident reports, affidavits, citations, legal documents, memorandums, and other job-related forms and documents; prepares and testifies in court as to report information and action taken; uses computers to enter and query information as necessary in the performance of official duties.
- Participates in job related training and courses to maintain skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to perform duties and maintain law enforcement certification.
- Maintains physical condition necessary to perform official duties and day to day operations, and to operate job related equipment, including lethal and non-lethal weapons, radios, handcuffs, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, crime scene kits, and other equipment as needed.
- Performs service related activities including assistance to disabled, lost, or locked out motorists, animal complaints, nuisance calls, and other calls for service as warranted.
- Drives and operates police vehicles in routine and emergency situations, including normal day to day driving, emergency responses to calls and high-speed pursuits of offending vehicles.
Police Officers are held to a standard that is higher than the general public and will be scrutinized during their on-duty and off-duty time. The characteristics listed below will help an officer set a foundation of ethical standards.
Professionalism: The future of our organization and our ability to serve the community is strongly dependent upon the actions of the personnel within our organization. We expect all of our personnel to be leaders within the organization and within the community, whose conduct and demeanor display the highest standard of personal and organizational excellence.
Integrity: Be committed to performing our work with the highest degree of honor and professionalism. The community demands that officers maintain the public trust and are accountable for their actions. Possess the quality of being honest with strong moral principles. Not only does this quality exemplify the professionalism of a police officer, but it is necessary for courtroom testimony.
Respect: Display due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, and traditions of others. Display this quality to co-workers as well as members of the public. Treat all people equally and with impartiality. Show concern and empathy for victims and treat suspects with dignity and respect.
Service: We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service to the community to safeguard lives and property, reduce crime and disorder and enhance public safety. We work in partnership with the community to resolve community problems that effect quality of life and public safety.
- Be at least 21 years old, and a United States Citizen. Certified copy of birth certificate or naturalization certificate required.
- Education: A minimum of 60 college credits from an accredited college or university required by time of hire (will consider applicants who are in process of obtaining 60 credits and will meet this requirement very soon. Copies of transcript(s) required at time of hire.
- Must either be certified as a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin or be able to be certified. Law enforcement certification requirements can be found here.
- Not have any felony or domestic violence convictions.
- Valid driver’s license at time of application and throughout employment.
- Vision 20/40 corrected.
- Ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing, in a clear manner using appropriate grammar.
- Ability to operate a motor vehicle under normal and adverse conditions while maintaining the ability to communicate and activate the equipment in the vehicle.
- Ability to make quick decisions, accurate observations, use sound judgment and maintain a professional demeanor under ordinary and stressful situations.
- Ability to recall details, copy written and oral information and apply instructions with a high degree of accuracy.
- Ability to read and comprehend legal and non-legal material written in English.
- Ability to learn and comply with department operations, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures associated with the position.
- Ability to learn and apply federal, state, and municipal laws and ordinances related to police duties and responsibilities.
- Ability to apply concepts, procedures, and techniques related to interviewing, investigations, defense and arrest tactics, evidence preservation, search/seizure, and the use of force.
- Higher education graduation (Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, etc.)
- Current law enforcement certification
- Previous non-sworn law enforcement experience
- Certified copy of birth certificate or naturalization certificate required at time of background interview.
- If a certified law enforcement officer in Wisconsin, proof of Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB) certification and professional history.
- If a graduate of a Wisconsin Law Enforcement Preparatory Academy, proof of graduation within three years of anticipated hire date.
- If enrolled in a Wisconsin Law Enforcement Preparatory Academy at the time of application, proof of academy enrollment.
- If a military veteran, proof of military service and honorable discharge required (DD214).
Police Officers in Fox Point are a member of the Fox Point Professional Police Association and are granted benefits outlined in their collective bargaining agreement.
Salary (2023 CBA)
- First Year: $62,446
- Second Year: $69,858
- Third Year: $77,206
- Fourth Year: $84,511
- Officers with college education receive additional hourly incentives
- 1 year | 10 days
- 5 years | 11 days
- 7 years | 15 days
- 13 years | 20 days
- 15 years | 25 days
- 25 years | 27 days
- Wisconsin Retirement System
- Deferred Compensation Retirement Program
- Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
- Paid sick leave
- Paid vacation
- All Uniforms/Equipment provided at time of hire
- Uniform allowance after three years of employment
- Accumulation of overtime as future time-off (compensatory time)
- Generous leave time policy
- Holiday hours (11 days) provided as paid time of for cash payment
- The Fox Point Police Department accepts lateral transfers of certified law enforcement officers.
- The years of service that a lateral transfer has accumulated through prior sworn experience may place them on an accelerated pay and benefits scale.
The Fox Point Police Department offers many options to broaden your law enforcement career. As a police officer you have the opportunity to follow your cases from start to finish. Complex cases may require the resources of a specialty trained officer to assist and this is an opportunity for motivated officers to excel. Your first day as an officer is the beginning of endless opportunities.
Available opportunities include:
- Crime Prevention Officers
- School Liaison Officers
- Crowd Control Team Member
- Crime Scene / Evidence Technicians
- State Certified Instructor
- Firearms, Defense/Arrest Tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operations
- Drug Recognition Officers
- Aviation Support (Drone / UAS)
- Field Training Officers