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MPD Hiring Process

  • We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Academy.
  • 2017 Academy Hiring Timeline
    • Oral Board Interview: approximately 6-8 weeks after your initial testing day
    • Background Investigations: can begin immediately after an oral board interview, or no later than February, 2017
    • Trilogy: Chief's Interview, Personality Assessment and Ride-Along with a Field Training Officer - April, 2017
    • Tentative Job Offers: May, 2017
    • Medical Clearance: July, 2017
    • Academy begins: September, 2017

What's New?

Posted 03/18/2016
Find Your BLUE Calling by researching the MPD Website. Each year, candidates inquire about the best way to research the department in order to learn more about MPD and prepare for the various steps in the hiring process. Check out these resources to learn more about how you might bring your life, work and educational experiences to MPD in service to the citizens of Madison. Let us know how we can be of assistance to you in finding your BLUE Calling! Check back periodically as we will highlight other sections of the website. Contact us with your questions: Sgt. Tim Patton (608) 266-4379 and Program Assistant Deb Slawek (608) 266-4190.

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

Starting salary from $49,421 annually, with a raise after six months to $54,952.

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

April 13, 2016 8:11 AM

Hear directly from Chief Koval on topics to include what we are looking for in prospective candidates, the Madison method of policing, as well as a detailed description of the hiring process. Interested individuals can hear an overview of the entire hiring process, ask questions, and then take … [read more]

March 29, 2016 7:24 AM

We are currently accepting applications for our 2017 academy.  The application deadline to apply to participate in our first testing session in May is almost here!  To be considered, applications must be received by April 4, 2016.  Instructions are provided on our website … [read more]

October 20, 2015 11:43 AM

that the "average" age of a new recruit officer is around 28?  While we have many candidates who have recently graduated from college, we also have many "seasoned" prospects who have a lot of life and work experience!  Plus, we have no upper age limit! [read more]

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Tom Snyder

Captain of Training

Find your BLUE calling at the MPD Training Center: It all starts with the people we hire!

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