Why Madison Police Department?

The Madison Police Department is dedicated to protecting and serving our community to the highest standard attainable. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life of every citizen through professional police services. MPD stands as a progressive Law Enforcement agency utilizing modern technology, state-of-the-art equipment and comprehensive training techniques. The department employs individuals of diverse backgrounds, education and experience.

In May, 2019 the Madison Police Department was granted accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Our department joins the 5% of the over 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the US to achieve the ‘gold standard’ accreditation.

The Police Department focuses on the betterment of our officers by pursuing advancements in mental health training and sponsoring several courses from Nationally Recognized Training Organizations. This progressive training allows the department to embrace new concepts in Law Enforcement and to maintain high standards of officer and citizen safety. The department works diligently to forge a strong bond between our officers and citizens through community outreach programs including Kids Camp, self-defense classes, Coffee with a Cop, area events, and within the schools. 

Check out our benefits below and learn more about our hiring process.


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  1. Competitive Pay
  2. Patrol Car
  3. Gym Time
  4. Clothing Allowance
  5. Time Off
  6. HR Benefits

Day one starting pay $47,973. 

Patrol officers receive yearly step raises topping out at $98,354.

Hiring Process

  1. Application
  2. Screening of Applicant
  3. Standardized Written / Physical Testing
  4. Oral Board Review
  5. Background Investigation
  6. Medical Exam
  7. Police Academy and Training

The first step to your dream career is to apply.

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General Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Satisfactorily complete all phases of the personnel selection process for Police Officers as established by the City of Madison
  • Successfully complete probationary period as a Police Officer
  • Possess the required education level or its equivalent in order to perform and comprehend the required knowledge, skills, and abilities

Physical Requirements

  • See well enough to operate a vehicle, read, safely operate a weapon, and observe or detect suspicious activities
  • Hear well enough to communicate by radio, telephone, or any other transmitting device
  • Speak well enough to communicate your meaning, to address various sized groups, and effectively testify in a courtroom setting
  • Possess enough strength to control individuals in physical confrontations when necessary
  • Have dexterity of limbs, hands, and fingers to write and use a wide-range of personal protection devices
  • Have enough stamina to pass a Police Officer Physical Agility Test to validate physical requirements up to twice a year
  • Have sufficient physical stamina and agility to perform physical activities such as climbing up and down stairs, run quickly, and crawl through windows and other spaces
  • Be able to sustain activity for the duration of a pursuit or an emergency while using effective judgment, maintaining alertness and awareness, and performing multiple congruent tasks
  • Be able to communicate, attend to tasks without distractions, reason effectively, and perceive and discriminate colors, sounds, tastes, odors, depth, and texture

Lateral Transfers or Questions

Please Contact Sgt. Ward