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Suicide is a problem within the law enforcement community due to the daily stress and rigors an officer is subjected to.  To learn more, please view the Kenosha Police Department's newest video about Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention.  If you know of someone in need of assistance, please reach out to get the needed help.

Chief John W. Morrissey has released the Kenosha Police Department 2013 Annual Report.  Please check out the report to see what the Kenosha Police Department did in 2013.

To read about Wisconsin's Conceal Carry Law, click here.

The Kenosha Police Dept. Honor Guard is a member organization in the Wisconsin Honor Guard Association


The Build of a Kenosha Police Squad Car


Check out how one of our squads is built. Click here to see the video.

Recruitment, hiring information, qualifications, & benefits


The City of Kenosha has an open application process for the Police Department.

You may complete and submit your application at    Please make sure this application is complete before submission to the Human Resources Department with all required documents attached.

Please contact the City of Kenosha Human Resources Department at (262) 653-4130 for further information. The Human Resources Department is located at: 625 52nd Street, Room 205, Kenosha, WI 53140.




Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Enforces local and state laws and ordinances, patrols city in car and on foot, conducts criminal investigations, makes arrests, directs traffic, serves process, and performs any and all other duties required for successful job performance and as assigned by a superior officer.

2014 Base Salary: The annual starting salary for a Police Officer is $54,474 per year with scheduled pay increased up to $67,636 per year in accordance with the union contract.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must be a United States citizen; have a high school diploma or equivalent; attained their 18th birthday at time of application; have or be able to obtain a valid Wisconsin driver's license with good driving record that meets City standards and with no more than six points assessed against driving record; have no physical, mental or emotional conditions which could adversely affect their ability to perform the essential duties of the job; must meet the vision standard set by the City; no loss of hearing within normal voice range; speak and understand the English language; no felony convictions unless pardoned; others required by law enforcement standards. This includes Law Enforcement Standard (LES) 2.01 (1)(e) which requires either a two year Associate Degree or a minimum of 60 fully accredited college level credits. An applicant who has not met this standard at the time of employment shall meet this standard as a requirement of re certification by the board at the end of his/her fifth year as a law enforcement officer. Individuals successfully completing the examination process will be placed on an eligibility list from which all appointments will be made. Persons appointed are on probation for 252 days worked and may be removed without cause and without any right of appeal. Persons hired must comply with all departmental policies and procedures.

Residency: Candidates appointed to the Police Officer position must become residents of the areas listed below within one month after completion of their probation and must maintain such residency during incumbency. Residency shall include the following areas: Kenosha County, Racine County, except the Town of Waterford (the Village of Waterford is acceptable), Franklin, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and Lake County, IL.

The Examination Will Consist of: A written test, oral panel interviews, a psychological evaluation and medical examination including a drug screen (in accordance with the American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA). The passing grade on the written examination shall be established using acceptable statistical techniques and consideration of the needs of the City. Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact time and location of the exams. Applicants must pass each portion of the examination process. Selected applicants will also be subjected to a background investigation of their work history and other factors considered important for successful job performance.

Applications accepted until the needs of the City have been meet. An application may be obtained online at (click on Personnel) or at the City of Kenosha, Personnel Department, Room #205 of the Municipal Office Building, 625 52nd Street, Kenosha, WI 53140. A copy of the applicant's high school diploma or G.E.D., birth certificate, DD-214 and Proof of Disability (if claiming Veteran's Preference Points), along with other required forms must be submitted with the completed City of Kenosha application. Candidates submitting incomplete, unsigned or late applications or failing to return all required forms, will be rejected without further notice and will not be permitted to participate in the examination process.




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