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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 Motorcycle Unit, Office of Community Outreach and Education, and Narcotics Division, 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. A Home Education Diploma will be accepted provided the applicant can provide copies of form PI1206 filed with the Department of Public Instruction for applicants who have completed a home school program in Wisconsin, or documentation that the education program has met the requirements of the Department of Education from the state where the home school program was completed. 
  • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license, or a valid driver’s license from the state in which you reside, at the time of background investigation.
  • Physically able to perform Police Officer training and job duties
  • Must successfully pass a Milwaukee Police Department Background Investigation


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.
  • Applicants may also be disqualified on the basis of background standards, which are included on the application.


  • Able 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
  • Civil, courteous and customer-service oriented
  • Ability to write accurate and complete reports and accurately record information – by hand and using a computer, file records, and process paperwork
  • Ability to solve problems, and make quick and appropriate decisions in stressful situations
  • Ability to maintain self-control and to take direction from supervisors
  • Maintain a positive attitude, have good moral character, be 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


  • Required to wear a uniform and carry a firearm and assigned equipment
  • 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; day-shift assignments are awarded to employees with seniority
  • Must earn sixty college credits within five (5) years of hire


  • 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 current annual starting salary is $49,786.36, with increases to a maximum of $66,606.28. While in the Training Academy, Police Recruits will receive a biweekly pay of $1436.15. The city offers a generous benefit package that includes two weeks of paid vacation after one year of service; 12 paid days off in lieu of holidays; fifteen days paid sick leave per year; health, dental, and life insurance; and tuition and textbook reimbursement.


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 examination process will include a written test, a physical ability test that includes a 1-1/2 mile run, an oral interview, a writing sample exercise, and background investigation. All phases of the examination must be successfully completed in order to continue in the selection process. Failure in any segment of the examination disqualifies an applicant. 

Qualified candidates will be notified of the time and location of the written examination, which has tentatively been scheduled to be held before the end of 2014. Candidates who successfully complete the written examination will receive information about the date, time, and location of 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 Fire and Police Commission, City Hall Room 706 prior to the examination.


Candidates who successfully pass the examination process will be placed on an eligible list for Police Officer, with ranking based upon the test scores plus any applicable preference points (see below)


Final appointment as a Police Officer is contingent upon passing all pre-employment components, the number of vacancies, and approval by the Fire and Police Commission.

Pre-employment Medical Examination, Psychological evaluation and drug test: Individuals offered employment must pass a pre-employment medical examination, psychological evaluation, and drug test as a condition of employment.


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: Preference points may be added to the final passing score in accordance with State Statutes and Fire and Police Commission Rules. 

  • Qualified veterans will receive military preference points added to the final passing score; a DD-214 is required as proof of service.
  • Preference points may be added to the final passing score, if you are a bona fide resident of the City of Milwaukee when you apply; proof of residency must be provided.
  • Education Preference Points Form (Deadline for submission is January 9, 2015).

In order to receive military veteran or residency preference points, the DD-214 or proof of residency must be provided as part of the application. Preference points may not be claimed after the application period closes. Preference points claim forms and supporting documentation must be received or postmarked by October 24, 2014 by the Fire and Police Commission, Room 706, City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3554 or at


The application process must be completed online. The online application will be available on September 19, 2014 and accepted through October 17, 2014. For more information call (414) 286-5071.


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.