Professional Standards and Practices
Public Safety (PS) maintains a staff of highly skilled and trained personnel committed to delivering a standard of excellence in professionalism and public safety services. As such, PS adheres to specific guidelines for the hiring and training of department personnel.
Hiring standards include an extensive interview process including an assessment center, psychological testing, physical agility and fitness testing and a drug screen and medical evaluation. Only those who successfully complete all of the above are considered for employment.
Once hired as a member of PS, new staff are trained according to a program modeled after the Law Enforcement Standards Board of Wisconsin (LESB). Public Safety Officers participate in various law enforcement training programs designed to assess and evaluate an Officer's aptitude in discharging their duties and responsibilities.
Officers are required to successfully complete a 240 hour Field Training Program and 56 hours of specialized training in Defense and Arrest Tactics (DAAT), CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid. In addition, Officers receive semi-annual in-service training on a variety of public safety and law enforcement topics including their re-certifications in DAAT, CPR/AED, and First Aid.