Special Operations

Community Service Officers

The Oshkosh Police Department employs 10 Community Service Officers (CSO). All of the CSOs are required to be enrolled in a law enforcement program at a university or technical college. Each CSO gains valuable experience learning the day-to-day operations of an accredited police department. CSOs work 12 hours per week during the school year and 38 hours per week during the summer months. The Community Service Officer Program falls under the direct supervision of the first shift Special Operations Sergeant Eric Stenson.

The CSO Program provides numerous services for our department as well as for the community. The CSOs play a vital role with the set up, staffing, and traffic direction at almost every special event in the community. CSOs investigate animal complaints, recover found property and assist the Patrol Services Bureau at accident and fire scenes. After comprehensive training, they also provide coverage at the department's Front Desk and fill in for School Crossing Guards.

As a result of the combined experience with our department and their post secondary education, our CSOs have secured full-time employment with the Department of Social Services, the Department of Natural Resources, Probation and Parole, dispatch centers, and as sworn officers throughout the country.

CSO posting a no parking sign
CSO writing a parking ticket