Law Enforcement Careers in Wisconsin

The crime rate in Wisconsin is lower than the national average.  Those interested in law enforcement careers in Wisconsin can look forward to contributing to keeping Wisconsin a safe place to live and work.  Residents who seek jobs in law enforcement in Wisconsin can choose to become a State Trooper, a Sheriff’s Deputy, or a Police Officer in any one of hundreds of cities and municipalities.

Jobs with the Wisconsin State Patrol

The Wisconsin State Patrol helps motorists, enforces laws, and assists local law enforcement agencies with everything from civil disturbances to natural disaster recovery.  In 2011, the 345 State Troopers issued over 135,000 traffic citations, made over 1900 criminal or drug arrests, and investigated over 5800 crash scenes.  Most of the Troopers are assigned to monitor state and federal highways.  The Wisconsin State Patrol received over $13 million in grant funding in 2011.

Those who seek jobs as State Troopers in Wisconsin must apply during a designated period before the Civil Service Examination.  Applicants must be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.  The training to become a State Trooper in Wisconsin involves 21 weeks at the State Patrol Academy in Fort McCoy.  Read more information about how to become a State Trooper in Wisconsin.

Jobs with Sheriff’s Departments in Wisconsin

U.S. citizens who seek jobs as a Sheriff’s Deputy in Wisconsin have a number of choices available to them through the 72 counties in the state.

 

Brown County:  The Brown County Sheriff’s Office has over 300 members who provide protection to the citizens of the County.  It is located in a newly remodeled building in the Village of Bellevue.  U.S. citizens who seek jobs as Sheriff’s Deputies in Brown County must be at least 21 years old and possess either an Associate Degree in Police Science or a Bachelor’s Degree.  Applicants must pass written and physical agility tests, medical, psychological, and background examinations, oral interviews, and a drug test.

Milwaukee County:  The Mikwaukee County Sheriff’s Office works closely with the community to provide safety to the citizens of the unincorporated parts of the county.

Waukesha County:  The nearly 370 employees of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department provide law enforcement services to the unincorporated parts of the county.  They also have a contract to provide such services to the City of Pewaukee.  In 2009, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to over 104,000 service calls.

U.S. citizens who seek jobs as Sheriff’s Deputies in Waukesha County must be 21 years old and have at least 60 college credits.  Applicants must pass a written Civil Service exam, a physical agility test, oral interview, medical and psychological examination, a polygraph test, and drug screening.  Those who obtain Sheriff’s Deputies jobs in Waukesha County have a chance to work their way up the ranks and be part of a number of different specialized units.

Jobs with Municipal Police Departments in Wisconsin

Those who seek jobs as Police Officers in Wisconsin have a number of options to choose from among the many cities in Wisconsin.

Green Bay:  Compared to other cities of its size, Green Bay has a relatively low crime rate.  The city is policed by officers of the Green Bay Police Department, which has been in existence since 1857.  Those who seek jobs as Police Officers in Green Bay should apply with the Green Bay Human Resources Department.

Madison:  The crime rate in Madison is about average for a city.  The 398 commissioned employees of the Madison Police Department work with the community to provide law enforcement services to the citizens of Madison.  In 2011, nearly 16,000 offenses were reported to the police in this city.

Those who apply for jobs as Police Officers in Madison generally have at least an Associate’s Degree and a professional background.  There is no upper age limit for applicants.  The minimum requirements for becoming a Police Officer in Madison include being at least 18 years old at the time of the application and possessing a high school diploma or GED.  Any new officer who does not have an associate degree or 60 college credit hours must gain them within two years.

Milwaukee:  Milwaukee has a high rate of crime.  Citizens who wish to fight this and obtain jobs as Police Officers in Milwaukee must be at 21 years old and a high school diploma or a GED that meets Wisconsin’s standards.  Applicants must first pass a written test before they can go on to physical agility testing, a background investigation, oral interview, and a writing sample exercise.  Training to become a Police Officer in Madison involves a 23 week training course at the Police Academy.

Wisconsin Law Enforcement Salaries

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, reported in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, the following median Wisconsin law enforcement salaries during 2010:

  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $53,200
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $66,240
  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $70,510

Detectives and Criminal Investigators Salaries in Wisconsin

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Appleton WI
40
65520
Duluth MN-WI
130
65070
Green Bay WI
30
76000
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
160
75820
Madison WI
210
69560
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
470
78670
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
810
75050
Sheboygan WI
Estimate Not Released
65860
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
50
56310
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
70
52900
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
50
52270
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
40
57320

Police Officer and Sheriff Salary in Wisconsin

To get an idea of what the typical police officer salary in Wisconsin is, we can look at some of the various police departments throughout the state.

Green Bay Police Department

  • Patrol Officer: $41,195.57 to $56,420.44
  • Chief of Police: $82,471 to $102,574
  • Crime Analyst: $39,977 to $47,028

Milwaukee Police Department

  • Police Aide: $22,862 to $31,587
  • Police Officer: $42,563 to $57,387
    • Educational tuition reimbursement up to $1,200 per year
    • Uniform allowance of $300 per year
    • Educational pay (based on credits) up to $700 per year
    • Longevity pay up to $900 per year
    • LESB Certification pay up to $1,000 per year

Furthermore, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office offers deputy sheriffs a starting pay rate of $40,287 annually. The top deputy pay is $67,293 (with 60 college credits) and $70,549 (with 120 college credits).

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Salaries in Wisconsin

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Appleton WI
340
53920
Duluth MN-WI
470
51810
Eau Claire WI
280
48820
Fond du Lac WI
230
53510
Green Bay WI
450
58340
Janesville WI
350
55400
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
1400
61610
Madison WI
1470
55610
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
2780
56740
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
4620
62270
Oshkosh-Neenah WI
250
56030
Racine WI
330
Estimate Not Released
Sheboygan WI
260
52290
Wausau WI
210
49940
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
790
45820
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
42760
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
610
44120
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
480
38810
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
550
46230

State Trooper Salary in Wisconsin

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, state troopers in Wisconsin receive a starting salary of $41,657.

Police Supervisors and Detectives Salaries in Wisconsin

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Appleton WI
40
69630
Duluth MN-WI
130
69950
Eau Claire WI
40
66990
Green Bay WI
80
71370
Janesville WI
40
73840
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
250
93050
Madison WI
190
77260
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
390
79600
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
1280
84550
Sheboygan WI
40
73720
Wausau WI
50
70280
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
130
63030
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
90
Estimate Not Released
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
90
60720
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
60
61370
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
70
58690

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