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Wisconsin State Patrol 66th Recruit Class 

Job Announcement Code(s): 19-03314

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Wisconsin State Patrol 66th Recruit Class

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting salary is $21.00/ hr and increases to $22.00 / hr upon graduation from the State Patrol Academy. After successful completion of the probationary period, salary increases to $23.00 / hr. Master Troopers and Inspectors make $31.00 / hr. A two-year probationary period is required. Pay range is 63-41.
Megan Reichel, HR Specialist-Sr, 608-267-4471,
Bargaining Unit:
Public Safety 63
Area of Competition:
Deadline to Apply:
The deadline to apply online is 11:59PM on January 12, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
Assessment Information:
Preview Assessment  

Begin a rewarding career as a State Patrol Trooper or Inspector - The Wisconsin State Patrol is accepting applications for the 66th Recruit Class!

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 Wisconsin State Patrol is a great place to work! We provide excellent benefits, ample vacation time and an exceptional employee assistance program. Additional benefits provided by the State Patrol include six months of comprehensive, paid law enforcement training at the State Patrol Academy, paid uniforms and equipment, and a take-home cruiser (issued upon graduation from the Academy).

Position Summary:   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. 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.

See the Many Roles of the State Patrol!

Special Notes:   
No law enforcement experience required! Upon hire, all cadets complete six months of comprehensive, paid law enforcement training at the State Patrol Academy. Cadets live at the Academy during the week and return home on weekends; room and board are provided.

Physical Readiness Testing: Applicants must pass the physical readiness test to move forward in the hiring process. The Physical Readiness Testing is scheduled as part of the online application. Testing is scheduled for January 23 – 26, 2020 at the Pettit National Ice Center (Milwaukee) and the Lunda Center (Black River Falls). 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) 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.

How To Apply:   All interested candidates must apply online. To apply online, click “Log In” or create a new account. After you have logged in, click “Apply Now.” In the application, you will be asked to provide or update your personal information, attach a resume, respond to minimum employment standards questions, and schedule your physical readiness testing. No additional documents will be accepted at this time.

Failure to complete any of these steps will result in an incomplete application. Once you have successfully finalized your application, an email will be sent from the system confirming your application is complete.

Recruitment Timeline:The recruitment process takes approximately six months from application to official offer and begins with the online application. Additional steps in the recruitment process include physical readiness testing, background investigation, interview, and pre-employment medical and psychological exams. Candidates must pass each step in the hiring process to move forward to the next. Official offers of employment are expected to be made by June 30, 2020, and the Academy is scheduled to start on July 19, 2020.

Communication: Important communication regarding this recruitment will be sent to the email associated with your account. Be sure to monitor your email, including spam folder, closely for updates.

Questions on the application and hiring process, please contact Megan Reichel at


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