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MPD Hiring Process

  • Application Deadline: November 2, 2015
  • Written & Physical Agility Testing: November 8 & December 13
    - Consolidated Testing for Distant Candidates (Living more than 6 hours from Madison - January 10, 2016)
  • Oral Board Interviews: Approximately 6-8 weeks after your initial testing day
  • Background Investigations: Can begin immediately after an oral board interview, or no later than February, 2016
  • Trilogy: Chief's Interview, Personality Assessment and Ride-Along with a Field Training Officer - Early April 2016
  • Tentative Job Offers: Early May, 2016
  • Medical Clearance: Mid-July, 2016
  • Final Job Offers: Early August, 2016
  • Academy begins: September, 2016

What's New?

Posted 05/21/2015

Check out our Hiring Resource Group! The City of Madison Police Department strives to create a workforce that contains a broad range of diversity including race, gender, language, life experience, and cultural background to improve understanding and effectiveness in dealing with all communities. In order to better serve candidates for employment, we have assembled a diverse group of officers to respond to your questions about Policing the Madison Way. Check out the page and click on an officer's name to send them an email:

Policing in partnership with our community - join our team by becoming an officer and make a difference!

Starting salary from $47,041 annually, with a raise after six months to $52,306.

Some of the other benefits are:

  • Health insurance coverage through five different options (some of these programs are at no cost to the employee)
  • Thirty-seven and one-half (37-1/2) hour work week
  • Pension covered through the Wisconsin Retirement System; contributions made by employer and employee
  • Educational incentive pay plan after forty-two (42) months of continuous service
  • Wage, life, and disability insurance plans
  • Labor Contracts and Employee Handbooks

September 2, 2015 12:56 PM

That MPD will be offering on-site testing in over 25 cities this fall, please visit our website at http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/jointeam/alternatelocations.cfm for more information on specific locations. [read more]

August 20, 2015 12:54 PM

Want to JOIN THE TEAM?  Want to learn how to go from being "good" to "great" as a candidate? Check out the Open House on Sunday, September 20 at 4pm.  All questions answered/official exam to follow (for those who want to).  For more information visit our website: … [read more]

May 22, 2015 9:04 AM

Interested in a position within the Madison Police Department? Check out our Hiring Resource Group! The City of Madison Police Department strives to create a workforce that contains a broad range of diversity including race, gender, language, life experience, and cultural background to improve … [read more]

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