Protecting and serving for 80 years, the Wisconsin State Patrol has a proud tradition and an outstanding record of achievement. The Wisconsin State Patrol is dedicated to promoting highway safety and enhancing the quality of life for all Wisconsin citizens and visitors by providing professional, competent, and compassionate law enforcement services. Learn more about the Wisconsin State Patrol here!
The primary responsibility of State Patrol Troopers and Inspectors is the enforcement of state traffic and criminal laws, regulation of traffic, prevention of highway crashes, and criminal interdiction. This includes providing assistance to motorists and the public and inspecting trucks, school buses and ambulances. We assist local, other state, and federal law enforcement agencies with civil disturbances, natural disasters, special details, and routine backup. The WI State Patrol has many career opportunities including K-9 officers, drone/ aircraft pilots, dignitary protection, honor guard, crash reconstruction experts, SWAT team, and human trafficking/ drug interdiction.
Paid training provided! Upon hire, all cadets complete six months of comprehensive law enforcement training at the State Patrol Academy, regardless of past training or experience. Cadets live at the Academy during the week and return home on weekends; room and board are provided. Upon graduation from the State Patrol Academy, Cadets receive 12 additional weeks of field training with a Field Training Officer.
Physical Readiness Testing: Applicants must pass the physical readiness test to move forward in the hiring process. Applicants will schedule their physical readiness testing as part of the online application. Physical Readiness Testing requirements are linked here and demonstrated here.
Background Investigation: A comprehensive criminal background investigation will be conducted as part of the recruitment process that may include FBI fingerprinting. Applicants with felony convictions or misdemeanor crime of domestic violence convictions are not eligible for employment unless they have received an absolute and unconditional pardon.
Medical Exam and Psychological Testing: Due to the nature of these positions, pre-employment medical examination, drug screening, and psychological testing is required.
- Vision Requirement: Minimum uncorrected vision is 20/100 in each eye, correctable to 20/20 with glasses, hard contacts or soft contacts. Any applicant having vision correction surgery must have had surgery a minimum of 6 months prior to appointment and provide written medical verification at the time of examination that no complications exist.
- Hearing Requirement: Hearing assessment by an Audiogram is required as part of the medical evaluation. Any applicants requiring or using hearing aids will need to bring in documentation from a licensed audiologist showing corrected hearing meets requirements of: not have more than a 35db loss in either ear when averaging the loss at 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000hz.
Education: Applicants have 5 years from date of hire (or initial law enforcement employment in Wisconsin) to obtain the required 60 college credits. Applicants must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent upon hire.
Authorization to Work: United States Citizenship is not required. The Wisconsin State Patrol does not sponsor work visas. Any selection made from this recruitment will be contingent upon the applicant being able to provide valid status to work in the United States without sponsorship.
Location and Assignment: Geographical location and assignment as a Trooper or Inspector is determined upon graduation, with the cadet having the highest class rank selecting their assignment first. Applicants must be willing to accept any location or assignment (Trooper or Inspector).
Qualifications: Candidates must meet all minimum employment standards for employment as a law enforcement officer as identified by the Law Enforcement Standards Board.