State Patrol trooper/inspector

Trooper on motorcycle

Thank you for your interest in joining the team of highly trained and well equipped State Patrol troopers and inspectors. The Wisconsin State Patrol has a proud tradition and an outstanding record of achievement. Since 1939, the State Patrol has been 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. If you want to join a professional team and make a difference, a challenging career in law enforcement could be just right for you.

Application process

The Wisconsin State Patrol recruits personnel on a year-round basis. However, applications are only available during a designated period prior to the Civil Service Examination. Applications are not available or accepted at any other time.  If you are interested in being notified of the next application period and exam administration, complete this online survey.

Applicants much successfully pass/complete all phases of the hiring process which includes, but is not limited to:

  • an application packet
  • civil service examination
  • review of driving record and criminal history
  • a background investigation
  • an interview
  • written psychological test and oral psychological interview
  • physical examination including drug screening and hearing and vision tests
  • physical readiness test standards

Salary and benefits 

  • Starting salary is $21 per hour
  • State Patrol troopers and inspectors are represented by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Bargaining Unit
  • Benefits

Minimum requirements

Before an applicant may begin employment as a State Patrol trooper or inspector, they must meet recruitment qualifications established by the State of Wisconsin, the Law Enforcement Standards Board and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

These recruitment qualifications are as follows:

  1. Authorization to work in the United States (form I-9).
  2. Male applicants between the ages of 18 through 25 must be registered with the Selective Service as mandated in Wis. Stats. 230.143. (This registration requirement does not apply to female applicants.)
  3. No felony convictions or any offense which if committed in Wisconsin could be punished as a felony.
  4. Valid driver's license or other valid operator's permit recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation prior to completion of the preparatory training course.
  5. Minimum age requirement of 18 years.
  6. Possession of high school diploma/GED.
  7. Possession of a two-year associate degree from an accredited college or university; OR have earned at least 60 associate degree level credits or higher.
    • Credits must be obtained prior to commencing employment.
    • Applicants who anticipate 60 college credits by the start of the training at the State Patrol Academy ARE eligible to compete in the recruitment process.
    • All college credits are applicable.
  8. Good character as determined through applicant fingerprinting search and a background investigation conducted by Wisconsin State Patrol.
  9. Free from any physical, emotional or mental conditions, which might adversely affect performance of duties as a law enforcement officer.
  10. No more than a 20 decibel hearing loss (uncorrected) in either ear at 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 hertz.
  11. Minimum uncorrected vision of 20/100 in each eye. Vision must be correctable to 20/20. Weak eye corrected vision can be 20/30, with binocular vision of 20/20.

State Patrol Academy

Successful applicants will begin their employment as "cadets" and undergo approximately 25 rigorous weeks of comprehensive paid law enforcement training at the State Patrol Academy. These weeks of law enforcement training are a requirement of even the most qualified Cadets regardless of previous law enforcement experience, education or training. Cadets must live at the academy during the week and return home on the weekends. There is no charge for room and board at the academy.

Prior to graduating the academy, employees will need to complete the same physical readiness test and meet more stringent physical standards. Upon satisfactory completion of training and the physical readiness test, cadets will be sworn in as State Patrol troopers or inspectors and assigned to one of five regions around the state. Geographical selection and placement for these positions shall be determined by academic class rank, with the cadet having the higher rank selecting the first vacancy of their choice, etc. Therefore, cadets must be willing to accept any geographical location and classification (trooper or inspector) throughout the state. After receiving their assignment, cadets may be eligible for moving expense reimbursement, temporary lodging and a stipend of $1,000.

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For more information contact Cathie Cunningham at (608) 266-3425 or the State Patrol Academy at 1 (844) 847-1234.