Department of Transportation: Wisconsin State Patrol Currently Recruiting Troopers and Inspectors

The Wisconsin State Patrol is looking for the next generation of hired law enforcement officers to join the 68th class of recruits.

“Our mission is to continually grow and diversify our team of dedicated and hardworking soldiers and inspectors. We want the Wisconsin State Patrol to reflect our state’s diverse population,” Superintendent Anthony Burrell said. “We seek candidates of all backgrounds and experiences, who have a strong commitment to building relationships in the communities where we live and work in this state. Those who feel called to serve the public are welcome in our organization.

In addition to enforcing traffic laws and criminal laws throughout Wisconsin, State Patrol officers may serve in specialized roles and units, including pilots, K-9 officers, surveyors in accident reconstruction, commercial vehicle inspectors, dignitary protection, human trafficking and drug interdiction.

State Patrol is actively seeking interested applicants from April 11 through July 8.

Requirements and training

Qualified candidates must pass physical preparation tests, a background investigation, an interview, and pre-employment medical and psychological examinations.

Candidates accepted into the six-month State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy receive a salary plus meals and lodging while training. Cadets learn from experienced officers in an effort to build their communication skills, self-confidence and physical abilities.

“Previous law enforcement experience is not necessary to become an effective public safety officer. We need reliable, motivated candidates to join our tradition of public service in Wisconsin,” Superintendent Burrell said.

The 68th State Patrol recruit class will begin training Jan. 3, 2023. Previous recruit classes ranged in size from 25 to 50 cadets.

After graduating from the State Patrol Academy, new Soldiers and Inspectors are assigned to one of five State Patrol Regions where they will receive an additional 12 weeks of field training.

Candidates have five years from their date of hire with the State Patrol to earn an associate’s degree or 60 college credits. Up to 20 credits can be earned for attending the State Patrol Academy, plus an additional 20 credits for qualifying military experience.

Opportunities to Learn More

Throughout the recruiting period, State Patrol will be hosting virtual information sessions and in-person open houses throughout Wisconsin. Soldiers and Inspectors will be on hand to explain the hiring timeline, share tips on how to prepare for a career, and answer any questions.

o April 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

o May 3, 5 to 7 p.m.

o May 17, 5 to 7 p.m.

o May 31, 5 to 7 p.m.

o June 14, 5 to 7 p.m.

o June 28, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Open Houses at State Patrol Stations

o May 19, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Waukesha Post

o June 3, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Wausau Post

o June 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – spoon pole

o June 15, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Eau Claire Post Office

o June 15, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Substation Fond du Lac

o June 21, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Sparta Safety and Weight Enforcement Installation

o June 22, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Post DeForest

More information on careers with the Wisconsin State Patrol can be found in line. The State Patrol is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.