Social Worker (Police)

General Description

Whether you are joining our team for three years or twenty, you will have the opportunity to grow your career with us!  Our employees are offered the opportunity to enhance their skill set by attending training courses, working on special projects, and becoming a member of one of our many City teams.

As an employer, the City of De Pere is a positive, team-oriented organization with a commitment to providing exceptional customer service to its community.  The City of De Pere provides an engaging work environment focused on collaboration and team building.  De Pere strives to attract, develop, and retain critical talent by promoting a diversity of thought, valuing differing perspectives, and empowering employees to share their authentic viewpoints at all levels and functions within the City.

The City of De Pere Police Department is seeking a Social Worker to serve the community by working with and providing assistance to law enforcement by following up on police calls for service such as crisis intervention, citizen mental health issues, homelessness, substance abuse, sensitive crime investigations, emergency detentions, critical incidents and traumatic events where social services needs have been identified.

Salary:  $64,792 – 74,027, depending on qualifications, plus an excellent benefits package.

Work Schedule:  Current Police business hours are Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Hours may change to Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from Labor Day to Memorial Day.

Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Essential Functions

Assist families and individuals in crisis situations due to uncontrollable juveniles and chronic runaways, members suffering from mental illness, suicide ideation, teenage pregnancy, marital problems, recent death of family members, domestic abuse, alcohol and other drug abuse, and elderly family members who are no longer capable to care for selves in their homes.

Seek and refer individuals to appropriate counseling and social services.

Assist officers with notification to family members of relative’s death, and provide support and assistance.

Assist officers with sensitive citizen issues by providing resources.   Provide legal system information, court advocacy, and victim and witness advocacy.  Assist officers with particular cases that encompass social work expertise.

Assist in investigations involving adult criminal cases including child abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.  Assist in interviewing victims and work closely with police personnel and Brown County Human Services or Child Protection.  Produce reports, document findings and make referrals to other agencies.

May be required to attend court proceedings and testify to involvement in a juvenile or criminal case.

Assist and consult with police personnel regarding emergency mental detentions, emergency alcohol detentions, and emergency protective placements.   Assess necessity of emergency mental detentions and attend court proceedings to determine if probable cause exists to commit a person.  Provide support and assistance to family members present at hearings.  Assist families in securing 3-party petition for commitment.

Represent the Department to members of the community, task forces, boards of directors, and interview panels regarding social services issues.   Assist in the enhancement of police-community relations through speaking engagements related to alcohol, drug, and juvenile issues.

Maintain prompt, predictable and reliable attendance.   Maintain the ability to lawfully operate a motor vehicle.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Advanced knowledge of community resources and appropriate ways to access them regarding specific issues.  Working knowledge of State of Wisconsin Statutes pertaining to sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, mental health, alcohol abuse, especially Chapters 46, 48, 51 and 55.  Knowledge of elements necessary to conduct an interview with potential victims.  Knowledge and ability to effectively intervene in a crisis situation.  Knowledge of Forensic Interviewing Practices and Procedures for child victims of sensitive crimes.  Basic knowledge of office practices and procedures and computer software programs.

Skill in forming positive relationships with community, patients and families in treatment approaches.  Skill in maintaining records, confidentiality and submitting reports in a timely manner.

Ability to work independently to provide expert advice and direct assistance without formal supervisory oversight.  Ability to instruct and train in methods, policy and procedures.   Ability to respond to complaints and grievances in a professional and courteous manner.  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with business representatives, elected officials, department heads, the general public, and other City employees with courtesy and tact.  Ability to follow oral and written instructions.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public.  Ability to define problems and effectively deal with a variety of situations or multiple situations occurring simultaneously.  Ability to think quickly, maintain self-control, and adapt to stressful or a traumatic situation.  Ability to use good judgment to effectively solve problems.  Ability to plan work, establish priorities, detect errors and define problems.  Ability to work the required hours of the position.  Ability to work extra hours as needed.

Minimum Requirements & Physical Requirements


  1. Master’s Degree in social work or related field.
  2. Two years of professional work experience providing direct service to at-risk, marginalized populations is preferred.
  3. Must be a certified social worker in the State of Wisconsin or possess or obtain a temporary certificate within 60 days of hire and become certified within the specified time limits of the temporary certificate.
  4. Valid unencumbered Wisconsin driver’s license and safe driving record.

A combination of education and experience may be considered.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job:

Work will be split between the office and the field.  While working in the office, most of the work shift is spent sitting at a desk in front of a computer.  Will spend some time on feet while filing or making photocopies.  Should have the ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs. as may be responsible for moving office supplies or carrying heavy files or boxes of paper. While conducting field work may be required to stand, walk, or sit.  May require sitting, standing or walking for prolonged periods of time.  May be exposed to varying weather conditions.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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