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Police Officer

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Be the One to Make a Difference

The Fire and Police Commission needs you to to be a guardian of our city.  If you’re a person with high integrity and who cares about Milwaukee and wants to represent positive change in our community, consider a career with the Police Department.

Why choose a career with the Milwaukee Police Department?

  • To make positive changes in your community.
    • You will be directly helping people in need every day.
  • To earn a competitive salary.
    • $57,291 per year after completing your paid Police Academy training (Academy pay is $1,648 bi-weekly).
  • To have a secure pension and retirement.
    • A fully funded, vested pension system; available after 25 years of service.
  • To further your education.
    • You'll have access to tuition and textbook reimbursement of up to $1,200 per year and your educational achievements will be rewarded with pay increases. 
  • For opportunity for promotion and advancement.
    • Supervisory positions are filled through internal promotion.  The maximum annual salary for a Lieutenant, for example, is $99,955.
  • To use your talents and skills to their potential.
    • MPD members serve in a variety of roles and specialties from the Bomb Squad to the Underwater Investigation Unit to the Financial Crimes Unit.  MPD also values your language skills: bonus pay is available for each hour you serve as an interpreter or translator.   

Are you interested doing fulfilling work, earning a great income with benefits, and being a guardian of your community? Take a look at this conversation between a young man and his mentor about making the decision to stand up and become a Milwaukee Police Officer. Have that conversation. #WillYouBeTheOne? #TheConversation

 

 

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Myths about Police Hiring

I have to already have my degree in order to apply.

You do not need to already have your degree in order to apply to be a Police Officer with the MPD.  Learn more about the MPD's educational requirements.

I'm not perfect, they wouldn't want me.

While it’s true that we’re looking for the best candidates we can find, we understand that nobody’s perfect.  What’s most important is that your past issues don’t compromise your integrity and that you’re honest and forthcoming about yourself and your decisions. Learn more about why you could be who we’re looking for.

I can't apply because I don't live in Milwaukee.

Please apply no matter where you live.  After an appointment and while you're in the training academy, the City allows new Police Officers 6 months to move to within 15 miles of the City.  Learn more about the residency requirements for Police Officers. 

I'm not physically fit enough.

The FPC is invested in you and will help connect you to the resources you will need to pass the minimum fitness requirements.  Learn more about the physical ability requirements and resources.

My friends and family won't approve.

In your pursuit of an honorable career, you will win over your toughest critics.  Learn more about what you can be proud of when you're a Milwaukee Police Officer.

It's too dangerous.

While it's true that working as a police officer is a demanding position, the injury rate of this profession isn't very different than many other common professions such as construction workers or farmers.  Learn more about workplace safety at the Milwaukee Police Department. 

It's just a job. 

Working as a Police Officer provides much more than any ordinary job.  Learn more about what makes working for the Milwaukee Police Department a great choice. 

What about all the stuff I see in the news? 

Regardless of the messages amplified in the media, people call the police when they’re in need and appreciate the service that the police provide.  The vast majority of people want the police in their neighborhood and rely on the police in their times of crisis.  Learn more about why you can be proud to be a Police Officer with the Milwaukee Police Department.  

The testing is too complicated. 

The Fire and Police Commission uses tests which are locally and nationally validated by an outside third party to measure aptitude for and compatibility with the position.  While the testing process does take time, the goal is to make sure that you are a good fit for the position and that you'll have a long and successful career with the City of Milwaukee.  Learn more about the testing process for Police Officer.

I can’t apply because I have a tattoo.

While there are rules regarding tattoos, simply having a tattoo is not an automatic disqualifier.  Learn more about the Milwaukee Police Department tattoo policy.