Work at UWPD

The UW-Madison Police Department provides complete law enforcement services to the campus community — using state-of-the-art, innovative, and community-oriented policing techniques. We are truly a “city within a city” — and we strive to hire the best and most qualified individuals to serve and protect our community.

All of our police officers are deputized by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and are authorized to enforce all State of Wisconsin laws and Rules of the Board of Regents.


The primary responsibility of a police sergeant is line supervision and administration of programs. This position is under the general supervision of a Police Lieutenant. This position is responsible for the safety and security, on all University properties, of all staff, students, and the general public. This position is responsible for implementing all departmental written directives and meeting established goals. This position is responsible for leading, directing, supervising, and training all Department personnel. This position works independently on matters of resource allocation, investigative management, scheduling of department personnel, recruitment, hiring and onboarding of personnel, crime prevention programs, delivery of law enforcement services and daily administrative assignments.

Salary: $30.00-$41.33/hour
Deadline to Apply: June 9, 2017
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Who We’re Looking For

Think you have what it takes to be a part of a diverse, state-of-the-art, award-winning police force?  We are a leader in innovative, progressive policing — and we work at one of the best college campuses in the nation.

We are a leader in policing and possess nationally recognized special units in the bike and mounted patrols. We are a diverse and progressive organization with quality goals and objectives.  We live and work by the RICH philosophy every single day: Respect, Integrity, Compassion, and Honor.

The Process

The selection process for most sworn positions at the UW-Madison Police Department includes written, physical and psychological examinations, oral interviews, and background investigations. Confidential aspects of a candidates personal life may be explored. Please note that the process to fill vacant positions generally takes three to six months to complete.

Upon selection and Wisconsin law enforcement certification, our new officers go through a rigorous 15-week Police Training Officer Program which utilizes contemporary adult learning models, including problem-based learning.

For more information about the hiring process, email us.

UW–Madison Benefit Information

Employees of the UW–Madison Police Department are state employees, and thus enjoy all of the competitive benefits offered by the State of Wisconsin.

Learn more about the various benefits UW–Madison and the State of Wisconsin have to offer.