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.


This position performs non-sworn and non-uniform duties relating to the procurement, maintenance, training, and tracking of the department’s critical supplies and systems involving vehicles, uniforms, and law enforcement equipment. This position’s work is led by the department’s Training Sergeant under the general supervision of the Professional Standards Lieutenant. Persons in this position are expected to be capable of performing a variety of work such as coordinating vehicle transportation and maintenance, ordering supplies from vendors, tracking and issuing key equipment and uniforms to department personnel, and providing logistical support at trainings or large events. Persons in this position must have strong communication skills to work and coordinate with a variety of employees, stakeholders, and vendors.
Salary minimum: $19.50/hour
Application deadline: October 18, 2019

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: $16.32/hour
Application deadline: October 27, 2019

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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.