Police Officer

Are you looking for a career in law enforcement as a Police Officer?  Look no further than the City of La Crosse Police Department!

Our mid-sized department is made up of 99 sworn officers who serve in various roles such as shift patrol and command, investigations, and community services with ample opportunity to advance through the ranks as Officer, Investigator, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and above!  The Department also boasts numerous special teams such as Emergency Response Team, K-9 Unit, Bike Patrol, Water Patrol, Segway Patrol, Honor Guard, as well as specialized assignments like Neighborhood Resource Officer, School Resource Officer, and Community Policing Officer.  The training we offer is second to none with opportunities to be certified as a Field Training Officer, DAAT or Firearms Instructor, as well as Taser, Standardized Field Sobriety Test, and Drug Recognition Expert classifications.  On top of these fantastic opportunities, the members of the La Crosse Police Department have the support and assistance of our internal Police Officer Support Team and the greater La Crosse Area Law Enforcement Chaplaincy.

Some other benefits that La Crosse Police Officers enjoy:

  • Competitive pay with the opportunity to make over $55k after the first year
  • Shift differential pay and education incentives
  • 12-hour schedule on a 2/2, 3/2, 2/3 cycle which equates to every other weekend off!
  • Ability to earn up to 6 weeks of paid vacation
  • Annual Holiday bank of 11 days
  • Cumulative compensatory time up to 80 hours and sick leave up to 120 days
  • Opportunity to use sick leave for 4 Personal Business Days (8 hours per day) and 3 Family Care Days (8 hours per day)
  • Other common Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, Life Insurance benefits

Open Application Period

If this sounds like a great opportunity, we are pleased to announce that the City of La Crosse Police & Fire Commission is currently accepting applications for the entry-level law enforcement position of Police Officer!  This recruitment process will be used to fill current vacancies and to establish an eligibility list for use in filling future vacancies.

Please review the following information for instructions regarding the recruitment process, qualifications, benefits, and more:

If you have any questions about what it's like to be part of the La Crosse Police Department, contact our Professional Standards/Community Services Bureau at (608) 789-7240.

Application Information

Applicants must submit a complete City of La Crosse Police & Fire Commission application packet by the deadline of Friday, June 28, 2019.  Applicants who submit a completed application packet by the deadline and meet minimum qualifications will be invited to a written exam, physical fitness exam, and interview on August 7 or 8, 2019.

To obtain a paper copy of the application packet, or for specific questions regarding the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department at (608) 789-7595.  Applications can be returned via email to hr@cityoflacrosse.org, or via mail or in person to:

Police & Fire Commission Secretary
Attn: Human Resources
City of La Crosse
400 La Crosse Street
La Crosse, WI  54601 

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