Ambassadors

It’s our goal to hire the best and most qualified individuals — we want good, talented people on our team.

Do you have a question about our organization? Want to know more about the hiring process? Researching ways to make the greatest impression in your interview? Our “ambassadors” are here to answer your questions. Feel free to reach out to any UWPD team member listed below.

2nd Shift Patrol Officer

Heather Banuelos
heather.banuelos@wisc.edu

My name is Heather Banuelos and I'm from Ellison Bay, WI. I joined the UW-Madison Police Department in 2007. I'm currently assigned to 2nd shift Patrol. I'm a member of the UWPD Personal Protection Team, CPR Instructor, Crisis Intervention Team Member, Police Training Officer, Evidence Technician, Sellery Hall Liaison Officer and Crime Prevention Specialist.

Police Officer

William Brown
wjbrown@wisc.edu

Hometown: Frankfort, IL Education: HS Grad, Assoc in CJ (in progress) Military Experience: 10 years active duty Army, 4 combat tours to Iraq; Occupational Specialty- Infantry; achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant (promotable) How long have you been with UWPD: 3 years Your current assignment at UWPD: 3rd shift patrol Any special teams/units/experience you have at UWPD: CIT / ALERRT / ARIDE / Intox certified; member of Care Team (CIT), Peer Support Team, ROTC / Chadbourne Hall liaison; PTO; CPR Instructor

Personnel Sergeant

Amanda Buckley
(608) 262-9302
abuckley2@wisc.edu

My name is Amanda Buckley and I am the personnel sergeant at UWPD. I grew up in Wisconsin and earned my Bachelor degree in Sociology with a Criminal Justice Emphasis at UW-Whitewater. I started my career in law enforcement as a police officer in South Beloit, Illinois in 2001 and came to UWPD in 2009. Shortly after, I became a community officer with the department and then promoted to sergeant in 2012. I am currently a member of the UWPD bike unit and also coordinate the bike unit and housing liaison program. I instruct in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse. I spend the majority of my free time with my family and watching my kids play sports.

Night Shift Sergeant

John McCaughtry
(608) 262-4889
mccaughtry@wisc.edu

My name is John McCaughtry, and I'm from the Fox Valley/Appleton area. I attended Fox Valley Technical College and joined UWPD in 2004. I'm currently the third shift patrol sergeant for the UW-Madison Police Department. Experience: personnel sergeant, patrol officer, field training officer, evidence technician, bike patrol officer, firearms instructor, defense and arrest tactics instructor, emergency vehicle operations instructor, vehicle contacts instructor, professional communications instructor, tactical response instructor, ethics instructor.

Southeast Campus Community Officer

Matt Shaw
(608) 576-3222
matt.shaw@wisc.edu

Matt has been with the UW-Madison Police Department since May 2010, where he completed his college Internship. Soon after, Matt was hired as a full-time employee and began his career working 2nd and 3rd shifts. Matt is currently assigned as the Southeast Campus Community Officer. Matt is a Police Training Officer, Crisis Intervention Officer, Mental Health First Aid Responder, Evidence Technician, Bicycle Officer and active with Safe Walk. Matt is also a Badger Watch coordinator and takes pride in education, crime prevention, and building partnerships.

Police Officer

Brett Volkmann
brett.volkmann@wis.edu

My name is Brett Volkmann, and I'm originally from St. Paul, MN. I've been with the UW-Madison Police Department since 2012. I'm currently assigned to the Support Services Division as Administrative Police Officer. At UWPD, I'm a member of the Grenadier Unit and Bike Unit; I'm a Law Enforcement Instructor in the following topics: Vehicle Contacts, Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC), and Tactical Fitness Training.

Officer

Nicki Zautner
ndybevik@wisc.edu

Hometown: Sun Prairie, WI Hired at UWPD: 2013 Current assignment: second shift patrol Experience: police field training officer, CPR instructor, COMMIT team member, CARE team member, Tripp-Adams-Slitcher residence hall liaison Hobbies: cello, saxophone, tennis, fitness