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Institution name: University of Wisconsin - Madison Police Department

Title: Police Officer I

Job location: WI

Job category: Officer positions


Posting date: 2022-07-27 00:00:00

End date: 2022-08-21 00:00:00

Police Officer I

Officers will have the ability to participate in all aspects of police work, from community engagement and problem-solving, athletic and special events, to criminal investigations and traffic enforcement. UWPD allows new officers to develop, and experienced officers to grow further, in a more connected way in an energetic college campus environment. We are a leader in innovative, progressive policing and we work at one of the best college campuses in the nation. Make a difference in our community by working with the best of the best join our team at the UW-Madison Police Department.

Salary: $28.96/hour minimum
Deadline to apply: August 21, 2022

Experience and Qualifications

Prior law enforcement experience is not required, however the department welcomes experienced officers as part of our acceleration program. Selected candidates who are not already certified law-enforcement officers or are not certifiable as a law enforcement officer in the State of Wisconsin will be sponsored through a 720-hour law enforcement academy. Police Officers currently Wisconsin certified with 3 years of full-time employment as a sworn officer will be considered for an accelerated interview and background process, training program, and shortened probationary period. If certified from another State outside of Wisconsin these cases will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Applicants with sworn law-enforcement experience, whether in Wisconsin or from another state are eligible to begin at an accelerated salary rate based on:

Years of full-time law enforcement service


Agency size

Specialized training and assignments

Other job related factors that would help the officer be successful in our agency

This position requires a valid Wisconsin Driver's License with a minimum of 2 years driving experience within the United States and/or Canada.

If you are not currently a Wisconsin certified law enforcement officer, you are required to have a minimum of 40 college credits by date of hire with expectation that you complete the police academy sponsored by UW-Madison Police Department to earn the 60 college credits required by the Department of Justice.

Candidates must pass the initial application screening, all steps of the hiring process and a background investigation prior to beginning employment.

Factors considered by UWPD in determining a certified applicant’s initial wage, may include the length of full-time law enforcement service, level of certification, agency size, specialized training and assignments, and other job related factors that would help the officer be successful in our agency. The pay schedule is as follows:

Starting – $28.96
Year 1 – $30.59
Year 3 – $33.25
Year 5 – $34.55
Year 7 – $35.07

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department (UWPD) is committed to attracting, retaining, and rewarding a highly qualified and diverse workforce by supporting competitive and equitable compensation practices through a job framework, salary structure and clear and flexible salary administrative guidelines. UWPD has a performance bonus program and may pay lump sum bonuses on an annual basis up to 10% of annual salary.


Enforces laws, investigates complaints and incidents, maintains order, identifies criminal activity, and apprehends and arrest offenders to ensure safety and security on all institutional properties. This is a sworn law enforcement position under the general direction of a ranking officer or supervisor.

20% Provides protection of life, property, and the preservation of peace and good order and provides emergency aid to the institutional community

20% Performs preliminary and follow-up investigations to solve crimes, identify suspects and victims, apprehend criminals, and document case information

20% Ensures the safe and orderly flow of traffic on institutional roadways and enforces traffic laws

15% Provides personal safety and crime prevention education to institutional community

10% Engages in problem solving, threat mitigation, and conflict resolution for a wide range of issues and incidents involving citizens, groups, campus entities, government agencies, businesses, leaders, and others

15% Required to work special events or assignments as designated by the Department.


The UW-Madison Police Department is pleased to offer a $2,000 hiring bonus for new full-time employees! The bonus is available to candidates hired into police officer, security officer, and dispatcher positions. The $2,000 bonus will be paid in three phases over the course of the new hire's first year of employment.

The University of Wisconsin Madison Police Department participates in the State of Wisconsin excellent benefit program that includes the following: 

Comprehensive health insurance and prescription coverage

Supplemental dental and vision insurance

Life and disability insurance

Accident coverage

Long-term care insurance

Flexible Spending & Health Savings Accounts

Coverage under the Wisconsin Retirement System (employer matching)

403(b) and 457(b) Retirement Accounts

Education Tuition Reimbursement

Paid Trainings

Generous paid leave:

Vacation benefits that increase over time

Nine paid legal holidays

Paid personal holidays

Paid sick leave

Educational Incentive / Specialized Assignments

Applicants with higher education degrees may also receive an educational incentive pay of $1.00 per hour for an Associate Degree, $2.00 per hour of a Bachelor’s Degree and $3.00 for a Master’s or above degrees. Employees are eligible to apply for tuition reimbursement.

Officers are eligible to apply for specialized-positions including: K9 Handler, Community Officer, Evidence Technician, Honor Guard, Motorcycle Officer, Dignitary Protection Team, multiple Instructor opportunities, Athletic Liaison, Upham Woods Boat Patrol, Bike Unit, and many more.

Statements on Core Values and Diversity

UW-Madison Police Department employees will support the Department's vision and mission by operating in a fair, unbiased manner which respects the rights, safety and dignity of all individuals. As a Department employee, your everyday actions will be guided by the Department's values of Honor, Integrity, Guardianship, Health, Empathy and Respect (Reaching HIGHER) and be grounded in the highest ethical and professional standards. UW-Madison Police Department employees are expected to take an active role in creating and maintaining a positive, welcoming and inclusive work environment. Employees will assist or participate on an as-needed basis with the Department's recruiting, hiring and diversity efforts and the onboarding of new employees in the work unit. Department employees are expected to work in partnership with the campus and area communities to provide leadership in solving community problems, preventing crime and providing a safe environment to fulfill the mission of the University.

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

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