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MPD offers prospective recruits an inside look

The MPD has just completed a recruiting video aimed at educating prospective candidates about the type of people we are looking to attract to the department.
The story is told through the eyes of a new officer, who had never fired a gun, and left her career as a college professor to protect and serve the Madison community at a time when policing is in the national limelight.

The video highlights some of the MPD’s training, and provides an inside look at the department’s new training center.

The story will now “live” on the “Join the Team” portion of MPD’s website.

It will be part of a larger package of recruiting information, including a section titled “What Do We Look For:”

“The Madison Police Department is nationally recognized for its innovation and leadership. The Department is in the forefront of "trust-based" community policing, problem-solving and quality improvement. We are an organization "where individuals CAN and DO make a difference."
The Department wants to attract and retain men and women who reflect the diversity of our community. While Wisconsin Law requires us to accept applications from those over 18 years of age, successful applicants usually have educational and/or life experiences possessed by mature individuals. New training classes commonly include a number of individuals who are changing careers. The profile of a "typical" candidate hired by MPD is someone who has at least an associate's degree (60 college credits) and most have a bachelor's degree. Age range is from 22-45, but we have no upper age limit. Previous experience may include work in teaching, social work, business, law enforcement or a variety of other professions. We are by no means a "one size fits all" employer ... we value the diversity of all academic, work and life experience.
We want to recruit applicants who can communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. We need individuals who can enforce the law while protecting the constitutional rights of all. The Madison Police Department seeks committed individuals who want to work with a multi-cultural citizenry in improving our quality of life.”