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The City of Fitchburg Police Department is seeking individuals interested in becoming a part of an organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the diverse and growing City of Fitchburg. Situated between our state's capital and rural farmland, the geography of Fitchburg is as diverse as the people we serve.
The City of Fitchburg's location, diversity and its many other assets affords a great deal of opportunity for those interested in a career in community-policing oriented law enforcement. Community oriented policing has long served as the foundation for our department and community engagement remains a top priority.
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. With an authorized sworn-staff strength of 52 officers, our department allows new officers to develop, and experienced officers to grow further, in a more connected work environment.
Following completion of a probationary period, new officers become eligible to apply for specialized-positions including: K9 Handler, Evidence Technician, Honor Guard, Motorcycle Officer, S.E.T. (Special Events Team), Tactics Instructors and more.
The Ideal Candidate
Ideal candidates will be self-motivated, conscientious individuals, ready for a unique and challenging career who are able to think critically, solve problems and effectively communicate with a wide array of individuals.
Prior law enforcement experience is not required, however the department welcomes experienced officers as part of our lateral-transfer program. Selected candidates who are not already certified law-enforcement officers or are not certifiable as a law enforcement officer in the State of Wisconsin will be sponsored through a 720-hour law enforcement academy.
The Hiring Process
All applicants will be provided the opportunity to share their relevant professional and life experience as it relates to the position of police officer via written essay. Applications will be scored and ranked based on essay responses, educational background, prior law enforcement experience, veteran status and other qualifications. A select number of applicants will be invited to participate in a panel interview. Invitations for an interview with the Chief of Police will be extended following the panel interviews.
Selected applicants will undergo a full-background investigation and must complete an eight-hour ride-along with a field-training officer. Applicants must also pass a drug-screen, medical evaluation and psychological assessment. Applicants who are not certified law enforcement officers or certifiable as a law enforcement officer must also pass the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice's Physical Readiness Test prior to beginning the law enforcement academy.
Lateral Transfer Program
The Fitchburg Police Department seeks individuals with law enforcement experience at the municipal, county or state level to join our team as part of our lateral transfer program. Individuals with qualifying law enforcement experience will receive consideration for advanced placement up to and including the 3 year step on the salary schedule and may also qualify for additional sick leave at the time of hire.
Factors considered by the City in determining a lateral applicant's initial wage, vacation and sick leave benefits may include the length of full-time law enforcement service, level of certification, agency size, specialized training and assignments, and other job related factors that would help the officer be successful in our agency.
Current Hiring Process
Our Spring 2021 hiring process is open. Applications are due February 22, 2021.
The City of Fitchburg Human Resources Department coordinates the hiring process. Questions regarding the process can be directed to the Human Resources Department.
Be sure to review the the provided hints for the application essay questions here.
When the hiring process is closed, potential applicants can complete a job interest card online to be notified when a new police officer hiring process opens.
Job Interest Card
The Fitchburg Police Department encourages anyone interested in working for our department to participate in our “Ride-Along Program”. By participating in this program, you will receive a better understanding and knowledge of what it would be like to work for our department. Ride-Along Forms are available online, or you can contact us at (608) 270-4300.
*Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, ride-alongs may be suspended or limited.
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