The uniformed police officer is the backbone of any effective police force. Traditionally, it is the uniformed police officer who engages in frontline law enforcement. Such is the case in Appleton, where the uniformed officer is responsible for enforcing the laws and ordinances of the State of Wisconsin and the City of Appleton.
However, in addition to the more customary roles of crime response and preventive patrol, our officers are becoming increasingly involved in community issues. APD Officers formulate "directed patrols." This concept enables any officer to develop and implement resolutions to specific problem areas within his or her district. Depending on the problem identified, the solution could be varied, to include conducting surveillance and taking enforcement or giving safety presentations to school children.
Numerous other opportunities exist for the uniformed officer, including the opportunity to perform investigative work. Unlike many departments in which patrol officers relinquish all crime scenes to investigators, the Appleton Police Department encourages patrol officers to pursue investigations to conclusion.
APD Officers may apply for a number of lateral positions throughout their careers:
- Special Investigations Unit
- Drug Unit (MEG)
- Investigative Services
- Patrol Officer
- School Resource Officer (SRO)
- Support Services
Special Assignments (S.A.)
In addition to their regular duties, APD Officers are offered opportunities to volunteer for varied work assignments and extra duties including the following:
- Bike Patrol
- Field Training Officer (FTO)
- Identification Tech (ID)
- SWAT Team & Negotiators
- Honor Guard
- Training Instructor