Department Policies

The UW–Madison Police Department is committed to being as transparent as possible with our community. Because of that commitment, we’ve chosen to make our department policies available to the public. Please note: some of the policies have been redacted for tactical, officer safety, and other security concerns.

1.1 Law Enforcement Role
1.2 Limits of Authority
1.3 Use of Force
1.4 Peer Support
1.5 Officer-Involved Death (OID) and Other Officer-Involved Critical Incidents (OICI)


2.1 Jurisdiction and Mutual Aid
2.2 Contracts


11.1 Organizational Structure
11.2 Authority and Responsibility
11.3 Written Directives
11.4 Reporting and Notifications
11.5 Computer Use
11.7 Access Control


15.1 Planning
15.2 Crime Analysis


16.1 Allocation and Distribution of Personnel
16.2 Specialized Assignments
16.3 Volunteer Program
16.4 Reserve Police Officer Program


17.1 Fiscal Management
17.2 Inventory Control


21.1 Position Descriptions
22.1 Compensation and Benefits
22.3 Conditions of Work
22.4 Precautions Against Air and BBP


25.1 Grievances


26.1 Performance Procedures


31.1 Recruitment


32.1 Selection-Professional and Legal Requirements
32.2 Selection-Administrative Practices and Procedures


33.1 Training Administration
33.2 Academy Partnerships Department Instructors
33.3 Training Evaluation Program
33.4 Career Development
33.5 In-Service, Shift Briefing, Advanced, Specialty Training
33.6 Non-Sworn Training
33.7 Mentoring Program


34.1 Promotion-Professional and Legal Requirements


35.1 Performance Evaluations


41.1 Patrol Administration
41.2 Patrol Operations
41.3 Patrol Equipment
41.4 Alarm Monitoring and Research Lab Response
41.5 Drug Recognition Expert
41.7 Police Motorcycle Unit
41.8 Police & Security Bicycle Units
41.9 Canine Unit
41.10 Police Honor Guard
41.11 Robbery in Progress Calls & Alarms
41.12 Pharmaceutical Disposal Program
41.13 Foot Pursuits
41.14 Naloxone Use