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The Oshkosh Police Department is a progressive, proactive law enforcement agency. If you are interested in in learning more about, or applying to the Oshkosh Police, please contact either the Personnel Department for the City of Oshkosh, or Captain Van Ness.

The duties of a Patrol Officer are to protect, and serve the citizens of Oshkosh. A Police Officer must be able to perform their duties without benefit of direct supervision. An officer is required to develop thorough knowledge of Oshkosh Police Department policies, procedures, and job methods relating to work assignments. The Officer must have a working knowledge of Federal laws, State Statutes, and City Ordinances and must exhibit a considerable amount of discretion and initiative when dealing with the citizens of the community. The Patrol Officer must be physically fit, be able to perform all essential functions of a police officer, and must be able to use all standard police equipment, techniques, and use of force options.


The Oshkosh Police Department strives to hire the best Police Officers to serve our Community. If you are interested in being a part of a progressive Law Enforcement Community, you will first need to meet the following application qualifications:

A united States Citizen
At least Twenty years of age
No felony or Domestic Abuse convictions
Possess a valid Wisconsin Driver's License at the time of employment
Possess any of the following educational requirements:
A Bachelors Degree in any field
An Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice
Sixty college credits which are specific to criminal justice from an accredited four year college


If you are interested in becoming a Police Officer for the City of Oshkosh, our selection process is as follows:

Submit a written application to the Personnel Department
Pass a written examination
Participate in a Physical Agility Assessment
Pass an Assessment Center
Take a pre-employment Personality Profile Assessment
Pass a Background Investigation
Pass a Oral Interview
Receive a Conditional Offer of Employment
Pass a Medical/Physical Examination
Pass a Psychological Examination

The Oshkosh Police Department has a wide variety of job enrichment opportunities, such as;

Police School Liaison Program
DARE and GREAT Programs
Community Policing Program
Crisis Response Team
Tactical Team
Bike Patrol Unit
Accident Investigation Team
Undercover Drug Investigation Unit
Domestic Abuse Investigator
Crime Prevention Program
Officer Friendly Program
Field Training Officer Program
Canine Program
Honor Guard
Tactical Team

Competitive salary (Range:$38,861 - $50,157)
Health Insurance
Life Insurance
Holiday Leave
Sick Leave
Vacation leave
Two weeks after one year of service
Three weeks after seven years of service
Four weeks after twelve years of service
Five weeks after twenty years of service
Twenty seven days after twenty five years of service

Excellent pension plan as well as a City sponsored 457 supplemental plan
Five day, two day off, five day on, three day off work schedule.
Compensatory and Call-in time
100% Uniform Costs & Dry-cleaning
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