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How to Become a Police Officer in Wisconsin

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To become a police officer in the state of Wisconsin, you must be at least 18 years old, hold a valid driver’s license and not be a convicted felon or criminal. You can increase your chances of becoming a police officer by taking the necessary steps to meet additional requirements and qualifications before you submit an employment application.

Complete academic requirements. To apply for the police academy, you must high school diploma or GED, as well as a two-year degree from a college, university or technical school.

Submit a police officer application to the police department where you want to work. Your application will be added to the pool of candidates for employment as openings become available.

Take and pass a physical fitness test. The police department will administer a physical fitness test for applicants before considering them for employment.

Take and pass a drug test. The police department will either conduct a drug test or send you to another facility for testing.

Pass a written civil service exam. Applicants will also be given a civil service test, which tests the qualities the candidate possesses to ensure you have the qualifications for being a civil servant of the community in which you will serve.

Attend and graduate from the police academy. Should the police department you applied to have an opening and wants to hire you, you then have to attend one of the Wisconsin police academy training programs. You have to complete and pass the training program, which includes physical fitness tests, firearms training, shooting range testing, classroom and law training classes before you can become a police officer.