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City of Milwaukee Police – Entrance Examination

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  • Police Officers preserve public peace, protect life and property, work within the community to prevent crime, and enforce ordinances of the City of Milwaukee and the laws of the State of Wisconsin.


Police Officers perform duties involved in the protection of life and property, including, but not limited to:

  • Enforce criminal laws; identify, detain, and process wanted individuals
  • Respond to calls for service
  • Conduct investigations of suspicious persons or situations and preliminary investigations of major crimes and criminal activity
  • Interview suspects and witnesses, and prepare appropriate investigative reports
  • Prepare and testify in court as to the facts surrounding any criminal, departmental, or civil action
  • Patrol the City of Milwaukee in a police vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, and/or on foot as directed
  • Operate a police vehicle in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic, and in unsafe road conditions
  • Prepare accurate and complete reports of daily activities
  • Provide assistance to the community in the areas of crime prevention
  • Enforce motor vehicle laws to promote safety and reduce accidents, expedite traffic flow, and enforce Wisconsin State Statutes
  • Attend in-service training as mandated by the State of Wisconsin, or as directed
  • Perform duties in a special assignment capacity such as Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Community Services, or the Neighborhood Task Force, as assigned

Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.


  • Minimum age 21
  • United States Citizenship
  • High School Diploma or Wisconsin GED or a GED from a different state that meets Wisconsin GED standards
  • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license, or a valid driver’s license from the state in which you reside, at the time of background investigation and throughout employment
  • City of Milwaukee residency within six months of appointment and throughout employment


Your application will be rejected if any of the following are true:

  • You have been convicted of a felony.
  • You have been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the United States Military Service.
  • You have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
  • You have failed a Milwaukee Police Department background investigation within the last two years from the date of application.
  • You have been terminated / discharged or resigned with charges pending from either the Milwaukee Police Department or Milwaukee Fire Department within the last two years from the date of application.

Any willful misrepresentation in regard to any material fact shall be sufficient cause for exclusion from the selection process or for removal of name from an eligible list or for discharge.

An applicant who does not meet background standards established by the Board shall be excluded from the selection process, or the applicant’s name may be removed from the eligible list.


  • Ability to read, understand, and explain Wisconsin State Statutes and City of Milwaukee ordinances
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population, in-person, via telephone, and in writing
  • Ability to use language in writing to communicate information or ideas including organizing information and expressing it in a clear and logical manner using proper sentence structure and grammar and appropriate vocabulary
  • Ability to get along with supervisors, co-workers, and the public; civil, courteous and customer-service oriented
  • Ability to memorize and retain new information including the memory of new names, faces, vehicles, geographic locations, maps, and patrol patterns
  • Ability to write accurate and complete reports and accurately record information by hand and by computer, file records, and process paperwork
  • Ability to recognize or identify the existence of a problem or issue that needs to be addressed, critically evaluate the problem or issue, evaluate alternative solutions and arrive at a sound decision; ability to make quick and appropriate decisions in stressful situations
  • Ability to maintain self-control and to take direction from supervisors
  • Positive attitude, good work habits, including proper attitude and attendance
  • Good moral character, honest, responsible and trustworthy
  • Ability to perform physical activities necessary to protect oneself and others
  • Motivated and able to complete the required educational and physical fitness programs
  • Ability to drive a motor vehicle
  • Ability to work long hours for an extended period of time
  • The mental and physical ability to complete Police Officer training and perform job duties


  • Required to wear a uniform and carry police-related equipment, including a firearm
  • Must successfully complete a 16-month probationary period
  • Will work a 40-hour work week, with rotating off-days by assignment; will be required to work most weekends and many holidays
  • After recruit training, Police Officers are typically assigned to the late (12:00 midnight to 8:00 a.m.) or early (4:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight) shift


  • Must complete a paid 23-week police training course at the Police Academy
  • After successfully completing the training course, will be assigned to a district police station for field training


The annual starting salary is $42,563, with increases to a maximum of $57,387 annually. Appointment is at the first step of the range. The City offers a generous benefit package, as negotiated with the Milwaukee Police Association (MPA), that includes two weeks of paid vacation after one year of service, 12 paid days off in lieu of holidays, and fifteen days paid sick leave per year; health dental, and life insurance; enrollment in the City of Milwaukee retirement system; tuition and textbook reimbursement (up to $1,200 annually); and special annual payments for Uniform Allowance (up to $300 annually), Educational Pay based on credits (up to $770 annually) , Longevity based on length of service as an MPA member (up to $900 annually), LESB Certification Pay (up to $1,000 annually). Qualified employees may also receive special duty payments such as Translator/Interpreter Pay, Parking Reimbursement, and Underwater and Bomb Squad annual payments.


Must possess either a 2 year Associate Degree from a Wisconsin technical college system district or its accredited equivalent from another state, or a minimum of 60 college level credits from an accredited college or university, within five (5) years of hire. If this requirement is not met by the end of the fifth year of employment, the Police Officer will be decertified by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB), and will be separated from employment. If someone has been decertified by the LESB, the 60 credit requirement must be fulfilled before he/she is eligible to reapply for a Police Officer job.


The selection process will include a written test, a physical ability test (that includes a 1½ mile run), an oral interview, a writing sample exercise, and background investigation. Candidates who successfully pass the written examination will be ranked based upon the written test score plus any applicable preference points (see below). Candidates will then be called in rank order to participate in the other components of the selection process. The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission reserves the right to invite only the most qualified candidates to the physical ability test, oral interview, writing sample exercise, and background investigation. Candidates must complete each component of the examination process successfully to continue in the selection process. Failing any component will be cause for removal from the selection process. Candidates will be placed on an eligible list based on written test rank and applicable preference points after completion of all components except for the background investigation.

Qualified candidates will be notified of the date, time, and location of the written examination, which has tentatively been scheduled in July, 2010. Candidates who successfully complete the written examination will receive information about the other testing components.

If you will be unavailable for one or more portions of the examination due to military service or training, you must provide written notification to the Department of Employee Relations, City Hall, Room 706.

Appointment as a Police Officer is contingent upon passing a pre-employment medical exam, psychological evaluation, and drug screen.


A complete medical history, as well as comprehensive physical examination along with laboratory testing to detect conditions that could adversely affect the candidate’s ability to safely perform all essential job tasks under emergency and combative conditions is required prior to appointment. The California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Medical Screening Manual provides guidance on those medical conditions that would present a significant risk to the safety and health of the police officer candidate or others. The medical examination will include vision and hearing screening. Some of the vision and hearing standards are:

Color Vision Requirements:

  • Individuals who fail both the pseudoisochromatic plate (PIP) test (e.g., Ishihari test) and the Farnsworth D-15 test are generally not qualified.

Far Visual Acuity:

  • Minimum of 20/20 binocular vision (corrected or uncorrected).
  • Minimum far vision of 20/40 for each eye (corrected or uncorrected) in addition to the 20/20 binocular vision requirement.
    • If correction is required using glasses or hard contact lenses to meet the far vision standard, the uncorrected far vision must be at least 20/100 in each eye.
    • If correction is required using soft contact lenses to meet the far vision standard, the uncorrected far vision must be at least 20/200 in each eye.
  • Other vision conditions such as monocularity, radial keratotomy, retinal detachment, and visual field defect may be cause for disqualification.


  • Individuals who have a normal audiogram (all thresholds between 500-6000 Hz are no more than 25 dB) are generally qualified.
  • Individuals who have one or more thresholds greater than 25 dB in either ear should be referred for a functional hearing evaluation (directional speech comprehension in noise and speech comprehension in quiet using the Hint test). If the individual performs at less that the 5th percentile of the normal hearing control group under any of the three background noise conditions, the individual may not be qualified.

For information about other medical standards, including further details about the vision and hearing standards, used for the pre-employment medical examination please refer to the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Medical Screening Manual. The Medical Screening Manual is available at POST Media Distribution Center, 1601 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95816; or online at Candidates should review these standards prior to filing applications.


Preference points will be added to the passing score of the written examination in accordance with State Statutes and Fire and Police Commission Rules. Qualified veterans will receive military preference points; a DD-214 is required as proof of service. Education preference points will be added with proof of an Associate or a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science, Criminal Justice, or Law Enforcement. Preference points will also be added for applicants who are bona fide residents of the City of Milwaukee at the time of application; proof of residency must be provided. The DD-214, proof of educational degree, or proof of residency must be provided by a date determined by the Department of Employee Relations. Further information about preference points and required documentation will be available at the time of the written examination.

#10-303 MMS (SM) 05/21/2010 EEO 401

City of Milwaukee
Fire and Police Commission
200 East Wells Street, Room 706
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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The City of Milwaukee is an equal opportunity employer that values and encourages diversity.