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.
Day one starting pay $45,439.68.
Patrol officers receive yearly step raises topping out at $82,773.60.
Take home patrol car If you reside within 25 miles of city hall.
Paid 3 hours of gym time weekly. Basically we pay you to work out and stay healthy
This is A unique benefit to our agency only.
If taken advantage of with starting salary this equals $5,107.00 extra a year, bringing the total to $50,546.68.
All expenses will be paid for your initial issue equipment. That means no money out of pocket for you. This also includes your Pistol, Rifle, and Back Up Pistol. After your first year you will then receive $500 uniform allowance yearly.
Our officers enjoy the benefit of working 12 hour shifts with rotating weekends off (every other weekend off). That brings you to a total of working only 183 days a year, encouraging a healthy work/life balance and also availability to work any overtime you may want.
-14 Paid Holidays a year
-Initial vacation accrual 112 hours off a year, increasing accrual time off every 5 years
-Enjoy other benefits also like compensatory time, sick leave accrual, tuition reimbursement, and RSA Tier 1 retirement.
- Screening of Applicant
- Standardized Written / Physical Testing
- Oral Board Review
- Background Investigation
- Medical Exam
- Police Academy and Training
The first step to your dream career is to apply.
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A light background check to make sure you are in the clear. Upon completion you will receive an email within 2 weeks to schedule your written and physical exam.
- National POST Exam
- 22 Push Ups (1 Minute)
- 25 Sit Ups (1 Minute)
- 1 1/2 Mile (15 Minutes 28 Second)
- Obstacle Course (90 Seconds)
After passing all your testing and background check you will interview with a board of MPD's finest.
Upon successful completion, you will be scheduled for a 1 on 1 interview with the Chief.
Your application will be assigned to an Investigator who will complete a detailed background check.
Being a Police Officer can be very demanding on your body, mentally and physically. In this part of the process we will make sure you are medically cleared to work as a Police Officer. This will include a drug test.
Given you passed all the previous testing and are selected. We will send you to a Police Academy for 13 weeks where you will learn the basics of policing. When you graduate from the academy you will then be placed into a 14 Week Field Training Program where you will ride with an experience police officer and further trained on policing. You will be paid your full starting salary and benefits throughout this portion of the process.
- 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
- 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