Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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State Patrol Trooper/Inspector

Join the team of highly trained and well equipped State Patrol Troopers and Inspectors who are 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. The next recruit class will begin training on July 13, 2014. The State Patrol anticipates filling 35-40 positions. A two-year probationary period is required. Application deadline is February 21, 2014.

How to apply

These positions require applicants to complete a multiple-choice exam. Examinations will be administered at four locations.

  1. Wausau - Northcentral Technical College on Friday, February 28, 2014 and Saturday, March 1, 2014.
  2. Madison - Hill Farms State Transportation Building on Monday, March 3, 2014 and Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
  3. Pewaukee - Country Springs Hotel on Monday, March 3, 2014 and Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
  4. Eau Claire - Plaza Hotel & Suites on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 and Thursday, March 6, 2014.

In order to register for this exam, you must complete an on-line application. At the end of the application, you will be asked the location, date and time you will be able to complete the exam. Although we will attempt to accommodate all scheduling preferences, you may be scheduled for an alternate date and/or time if necessary. Please make necessary work and personal arrangements in advance.

Multiple-choice exams will be scored on-site and applicants will immediately be notified if they passed or failed the exam. The most qualified applicants will move to the next step of the hiring process.  Please note our process has changed. There will be no on-site interviews.

After completing the on-line application, you will receive an email by the system confirming  your on-line application has been completed.  A second email will follow within five days which will contain detailed information on what to expect the day of the examination and confirm your exam location, date and time. The second email will also direct you to complete an Applicant Background Profile and Information Release. These forms must be completed and returned via email prior to your scheduled exam. Along with the forms, be prepared to submit an unofficial copy of your high school and college transcripts and 2-4 letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be dated within the last six months and cannot be from family members or relatives. Veterans should also be prepared to submit a copy of their form DD-214 (long form).

Deadline to apply was February 21

After the exams 

Top scoring applicants will have their Applicant Background Profile, their Driving Record and their Criminal History information reviewed. Successful applicants will move to the background investigation process. Top applicants will be scheduled for an interview. Applicants of excellent character, as determined by the screening process, the background investigation and the interview, will proceed to the written and oral psychological testing, physical agility, physical examination, drug screening and hearing and vision tests.

Successful applicants will begin their employment as "Cadets" and undergo approximately 23 rigorous weeks of comprehensive paid law enforcement training at the State Patrol Academy. These weeks of law enforcement training is 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 weekends. There is no charge for room and board at the Academy.

Upon satisfactory completion of training, 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 academy class ranking, with the Cadets 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.

Other helpful information

"Trooper / Inspector Recruitment for Wisconsin State Patrol" Video

A brief video that highlights 21 weeks of intense training required to become a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper or Inspector.

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Video clip (Webcast - high resolution)
Video clip (Webcast - low resolution)

For more information contact Cathie Cunningham at (608) 266-3425 or the State Patrol Academy at (608) 269-2500 ext. 0.

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