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.


Under the broad policy guidance of the Infrastructure Security Lieutenant, this professional position serves as the technical and network support of the central campus access control system. This position plays a leadership role in coordinating with the UW Division of Information Technology (DoIT), Facilities, Planning and Management (FP&M) and other units in the management and support of the system. As a member of the Infrastructure Security Unit, the position will participate in campus-wide information technology policy development and long and short-range planning. This position serves as a contact person for information and consulting to campus leadership and departments in the design, implementation, and maintenance of building access control systems, and provides project coordination with other university departments determining how best to utilize the campus access control systems.
Salary: minimum $42,167 annually
Application Deadline: March 27, 2018

Under general supervision of the specialty services lieutenant, the Environmental Health Specialist is responsible for assisting in the development and maintenance of safety programs focusing on lake safety. Responsibilities are primarily focused on Lake Mendota adjacent to the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus; in particular watercraft on the lake through programs at Hoofer?s Sailing club and Outdoor UW rentals, but may be extended to other bodies of water in Dane County upon official request.
Salary: minimum $48,333 annually
Application Deadline: March 28, 2018

The Security Officer 4 is responsible for serving the public by maintaining the physical security of persons and property at the University of Wisconsin. Under the supervision of a Security Supervisor or Police Sergeant, the Security Officer 4 patrols all University buildings and grounds, both on foot and bicycle and by vehicle, providing emergency assistance as needed. The officer observes and reports any situation that could cause injury or loss to the University, its faculty, staff, students, or visitors. He/she ensures the rules and laws applicable to the campus are effectively enforced by directing compliance, issuing warnings, and reporting violations to the appropriate authorities. Route officers are often the first responders at fires, hazardous materials spills, and at other incidents that present significant inherent risks. They assist with initial entry into endangered buildings, assess dangerous conditions and participate in the evacuation of building occupants when required. They are frequently assigned to maintain both inner and outer perimeters to protect the public during emergency responses. They respond to intrusions or access anomalies in restricted areas.
Salary: minimum $15/hour
Application deadline: April 10, 2018

The Police Officer is a sworn law enforcement position under the general direction of a ranking officer or supervisor. Police Officers must be capable of providing a full range of law enforcement services. They enforce laws, investigate complaints, investigate incidents which may have an impact on the University, maintain order, assist people, identify criminal activity, apprehend and arrest offenders, identify the source of problems in the community and work with the community to resolve issues. Police officers should be capable of working in cooperation with officers from other agencies and interacting with persons from other University departments, mental health, and social services agencies. Police officers may be required to participate in crowd control and dignitary protection details. 
Salary: $23.22-$32.25/hour
Application deadline: March 16, 2018

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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 Reaching HIGHER every single day: Honor, Integrity, Guardians, Health, Empathy, and Respect.

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.

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UW–Madison Benefits 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.