Patrol Officer Eligibility List
Chippewa County, WI - Chippewa Falls, WI

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The primary purpose of this position is to act as the official representative of the office of the Sheriff and accomplish the goals of the patrol division by detecting and preventing potential criminal activity through residential/business and building patrols; enforcing traffic laws for the purpose of reducing property damage, personal injury or death resulting from traffic crashes; and by using good relations with the public, promote community, government and police partnerships to address the causes of crime, fear of crime, and other community issues. The powers and duties are extended through the deputation by the sheriff and are conferred by statute. The fundamental duties of a deputy sheriff include serving the community; safe guard lives and property; protecting the innocent; keeping the peace; and ensuring the rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Complete an intensive 10 week field training program.
  • Be evaluated on a daily basis in 23 specific categories in the areas of Appearance, Attitude, Knowledge, Performance and Relationships.
  • Become oriented with the organizational structure of the Sheriff’s office and how the office fits into the organizational structure of the county government.
  • Become familiar with department work schedules.
  • Must be able to follow a proper chain of command.
  • Must be able to follow directions.
2. Patrol assigned areas of the county to discover and prevent the omission of crimes and enforces County Ordinances and State Laws.
  • Become familiar with all geographical aspects of the county including patrol areas, townships, and cities/villages, including learning the roads and address mapping system.
  • Establish and maintain good public relations with all members of the county community.
  • Become familiar and proficient in all radio communication.
  • Become proficient in emergency vehicle operations including operating in all weather conditions, stress conditions, and knowing legal responsibility while operating as well as legal authority during operation.
  • Conduct motor vehicle contacts in conjunction with the goals, policies and procedures of the department. Motor vehicle contacts may include OWI enforcement, minor traffic violations, high speed pursuits, high risk stops (felony), and drug and criminal interdiction contacts. Contacts also may require the issuing of citations, warnings, and also make arrests.
  • Possess the ability to interpret and enforce laws/ordinances.
3. Answer all calls for service, conduct preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witnesses, makes arrests, escorts prisoners from the scene of a crime, and detains anyone wanted through the serving of warrants.
  • Be able to respond to and handle calls for service including juvenile complaints, death investigations, vehicle thefts, animal complaints, alcohol related incidents, emergency detentions, nuisance and threatening phone calls, sexual assaults, and domestic disturbances. (Not an all inclusive list.)
  • Be knowledgeable about both state statute and county ordinances and be able to apply either one depending on the incident.
  • Issues citations, makes arrests, and answers citizen complaints.
  • Respond to and handle hazardous calls and alarms while taking into account any tactical considerations including tactical approach, safety of yourself and victims, and safety of general public.
  • Ability to gather information and write clear concise reports.
  • Direct traffic at special events and perform escort duties.
  • Be able to effectively and legally conduct searches and seizures, execute search warrants, and serve arrest warrants.
  • Be able to distinguish when arrest, search or seizure is appropriate without a warrant based on case law and statute authorizing such action.
  • Be able to conduct effective interviews of complainants, victims, witnesses, and suspects of all types and when necessary, give proper Miranda warnings and complete interrogation of suspect.
  • Manage case load and bring minor cases to conclusion.
  • Conduct follow up investigations when necessary.
  • Have knowledge of evidence identification, collection, and securement.
  • Control, secure, and preserve a crime scene for investigation unit.
  • Handle all calls with tact, diplomacy, and only the amount of force necessary to control the situation. Also must be able not only justify the use of force, but also be able to articulate into written form the incident. Must be knowledgeable on state guidelines as well as department policy on the justification and use of force.
  • Be able to complete timely, accurate, legible, detailed incident reports which objectively document relevant information about an incident. Also must appear in court as a witness and present testimony to judge/jury.
  • Renders first aid, maintains certification in CPR, Intoxilizer, PBT, Radar and other areas as identified by the department.
4. Investigates automobile crashes and assists fire departments and ambulance personnel.
  • Conduct all aspects of motor vehicle crash investigation.
  • Arrive and assess the scene and make a determination as to what additional resources are needed such as extra fire personnel, extra ambulances, tow trucks, extra personnel for traffic control, etc. Also be able to provide first aid until medical personnel arrive.
  • Be able to process the scene of the crash to include photographs, field sketches, marking and measuring vehicles, tire marks and other debris. Conduct interviews of drivers, witnesses and passengers and when necessary, issue citations.
  • Be able to investigate alcohol related crashes and have the knowledge of case law, state statute and general rules of evidence to legally procure evidence such as blood samples of operators.
5. Must operate within the policies and guidelines of the department.
  • Must maintain your assigned department vehicle as covered by policy. Including keeping up with scheduled maintenance of the vehicle, maintaining a written log of vehicle inventory, maintaining a clean professional appearance of the vehicle, and performing regular inspections of the vehicle and equipment.
  • Maintain LESB certification, radar certification, and firearms certification by participating in regularly scheduled department firearms training.
  • Must also maintain uniform and personal professional appearance per department policy. Including wearing the specified uniform for the time of year (i.e. winter/summer, approved head gear, personal grooming standards, and any other approved clothing)
  • Also will assist in serving civil process papers which include serving restraining orders, injunctions, eviction notices, subpoenas, complaint and summons, etc.
  • Also will perform other duties as requested or needed.
  • Maintains daily records of activity, prepares reports that are accurate and timely according to department policy.

Minimum Qualifications:

Law Enforcement Standards Board Certified, certifiable, or possess an equivalent out of state certification at time of hire (must complete WI Certification upon hire). (520 hour basic recruit training completed). Possesses minimum education requirements if employed in Law Enforcement after 1993. (60 college credits.) Valid Wisconsin Operators License. Attain age of 21. No felony or domestic misdemeanor or any offense, which, if committed in Wisconsin, could be punished as felony or domestic misdemeanor unless the applicant has been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon. High school graduate or GED equivalent. Prior Law Enforcement experience desired.

Successfully complete a written exam for entry level Law Enforcement as administered by the State of Wisconsin.

Successfully pass an oral interview, extensive background investigation, post-employment-offer physical exam, drug screen, psychological examination, as well as a functional ability test. Failure to pass these will result in the employment offer being revoked.