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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 275666-US
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Protective Services

Job Summary:

The primary responsibility of the Police Sergeant is to serve as the departments first line of supervision. This position is under the general supervision of a Police Lieutenant, Police Captain, or Director, and is responsible for the safety and security, on all University properties, of all staff, students and the general public.

Police Sergeants are assigned to an operational area of the Department. Operational areas may include patrol and security services, personnel and human resources, special events, investigations, training, emergency management, access control and infrastructure security. Operational areas may change depending changes in organization structure and/or operational focus. Each police sergeant is expected to be able to learn whichever operational area assigned as well as how that area interacts and impacts other operational areas.

This Police Sergeant position has the responsibility for providing supervisory reports regarding services; ensuring compliance with mandates; leading, managing and supervising any personnel assigned; establishing goals; creating and communicating written directives and guidelines; creating and engaging and inclusive work environment; responding to and managing incidents, events and emergencies; providing leadership department-wide; planning and preparation for incidents, events and emergencies; building relationships with staff, key partners, other entities and the community.

Responsibilities: Supervises and/or trains line officers, and administers programs for police officers and associated staff to ensure safety and security on all institutional properties. Enforces laws, investigates complaints and incidents, maintains order, identifies criminal activity, and apprehends and arrest offenders.
  • 20% May exercise supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 FTE or equivalent employees
  • 20% Develops and communicates directives to staff and monitors compliance with rules and regulations
  • 20% Schedules logistics and resources to protection of life, property, and the preservation of peace and good order; and provides emergency aid to the institutional community
  • 10% Provides leadership, mentoring and coaching to unit staff
  • 10% Engages in problem solving, threat assessment/mitigation and conflict resolution for a wide range of issues and incidents involving citizens, groups, campus entities, government agencies, businesses, leaders, and others
  • 20% Required to work special events and assignments as identified by the Division.
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree



Minimum of 5 years of full-time experience as a sworn law enforcement officer.

Meet all UW Risk Management criteria to operate university vehicles (no more than two moving violations, operating after revocation or suspension, or operating without a valid driver's license within the two years and/or have more than six demerit points assessed on his or her driver's license and have a valid Wisconsin Driver's License upon appointment).

Must not have any unpardoned felony convictions, any domestic violence convictions, any other criminal convictions within the past five years, convictions for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in the past five years.

Applicants not meeting these criteria will not be considered.


Law Enforcement Academy Certification
Current Wisconsin Law Enforcement Certification or have been Wisconsin Law Enforcement certified within the past two years and eligible for immediate recertification as a Law Enforcement Officer in Wisconsin.

CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Drivers License - Valid and Meets UW Risk Management Standards
Persons in this position must obtain or possess a valid Wisconsin Driver's License upon hire.

Work Schedule:

This position is considered an essential position for the University Campus. The appointed area will have a pre-determined rotating schedule in which may be assigned to first, second, or third shift. The schedule may include working weekends and Holidays. The final schedule determined will meet the needs of the Department. Routinely persons in this position will be required to work beyond or outside hours assigned and may be required during emergencies, special events or as assigned.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $40.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department (UWPD) is committed to attracting, retaining, and rewarding a highly qualified and diverse workforce by supporting competitive and equitable compensation practices through a job framework, salary structure and clear and flexible salary administrative guidelines.

UWPD recognizes the value of education for sworn law enforcement and offers an attractive educational incentive of $1.00 per hour for an Associate's degree, $2.00 per hour for a Bachelor's Degree, and $3.00 per hour for a Master's Degree or above. The Police Sergeant is also eligible to receive $0.80 per hour for weekend and night differential pay (Night: Monday - Friday 6:00 pm - 6:00 am. Weekend: Friday 6:00 pm - Monday 6:00 am).

Qualifications and experience are factors considered for pay above the minimum wage posted within the salary grade 24 (salary details:

If you are a current UWPD employee, your salary will be taken into consideration when setting the salary as a Police Sergeant. If your current salary as a sworn law enforcement officer is above the posted minimum, this will be factored into setting the base rate in accordance to UW salary guidelines.

Additional Information:

The University of Wisconsin Madison Police Department participates in the State of Wisconsin excellent benefit program that includes the following:

-Comprehensive health insurance and prescription coverage
-Supplemental dental and vision insurance
-Life and disability insurance
-Accident coverage
-Long-term care insurance
-Flexible Spending & Health Savings Accounts
-Coverage under the Wisconsin Retirement System (employer matching)
-403(b) and 457(b) Retirement Accounts
-Education Tuition Reimbursement
-Paid Trainings
-Paid on duty work out time

Generous paid leave:
-Vacation benefits that increase over time
-Nine paid legal holidays
-Paid personal holidays
-Paid sick leave
-On duty paid workout time

Persons in this position must pass the initial application screening, all steps of the hiring process, an extensive background investigation, drug screen, psychological examination prior to beginning employment.

How to Apply:

To begin the application process please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter.

Include the following information for maximum consideration:

*List any degrees, certificates, or specialized trainings to the related applicable field.

*Describe your training and experience in leadership and human relations.

*Describe your experience & training with managing critical incidents and major events. List events and incidents including size, scope and role you held.

*Provide specific examples of community problem solving initiatives you have tried and the results.


Amanda Buckley
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Police Sergeant(CP040)



Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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