Position Duties / Responsibilities
Our Academy usually runs from 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. The Academy is not residentially based; at the end of the workday, recruits go to their own homes - not a barracks or dormitory. The tone of our Academy endeavors to treat all of our recruits as continuing adult learners. Those ultimately hired will receive extensive training in such areas as law, crisis intervention, firearms, and use of community resources. This initial training lasts six months, and is one of the most comprehensive in the country. It is conducted in Madison under the direct supervision of the Madison Police Department Training Staff.
It is not unusual for our newly-hired officers to have widely varying technical and non-technical skills. Our goal is to provide a base of training which builds on each individual's unique body of knowledge and expertise. As a recruit in training, full salary and benefits apply.
Note: MPD does not provide an exemption from the pre-service academy for officers interested in lateral employment to our Department. Everyone hired, regardless of certification, must participate in our academy.
Upon completion of the academy, new officers will be assigned to a 4 month field training program with an experienced officer, working the 6/3 patrol workweek, working various shifts prior to a solo patrol assignment.
Based on seniority from the academy, you will participate in the annual patrol shift pick to determine your schedule for the following year. New officers will be placed on an 18 month probationary period from the first day of the academy.
Promotional Opportunities & Specialty Positions
After 4 years of service, you may compete for promotion to Detective or Investigator.
After 5 years, you may compete for promotion to Sergeant.
There are also a variety of competitive lateral positions within the Department that officers are eligible for after 3 years.
- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
- High school graduate or possess a GED high school equivalency diploma.
- Possess a current driver’s license and be eligible for a Wisconsin driver’s license.
- Meet occupational health standard.
- No felony convictions (unless pardoned by the Governor of the State).
- Domestic violence convictions are automatic disqualifiers.
- No conviction record or pending charge which substantially relates to the work of Police Officer.
- Any new officer that does not possess a two-year associate degree or sixty (60) credits from an accredited college must meet this standard within five (5) years.
Qualities Desirable in a Police Officer
The Department wants to attract and maintain men and women who reflect the diversity of our community. Did you know that we have hired social workers, teachers, artists, linguists, accountants and lawyers? We are by no means a “one size fits all” employer. We value the diversity of all academic, work, and life experience.
- Effective communication skills, both verbal and written
- Strong problem-solving skills
- Ability to exercise sound judgment
- Average age is 22-45, but we have no upper age limit
We need individuals who can enforce the law while protecting the constitutional rights of all. The Madison Police Department seeks committed individuals who want to work with a diverse population in improving our quality of life.