Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement 720 Academy


Recent Graduates

There are 43 recent graduates of this Madison College program.



92% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.


Annual Salary

Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $51,552.

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 305042

Credits: 21

Area of Study: Law, Protective and Human Services

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $2,916.90
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

The Law Enforcement Academy at Madison College prepares you for entry-level positions as a law enforcement officer at the municipal and county level. The Law Enforcement Academy program is limited to sworn law enforcement officers who have been assigned by their department and pre-service students who meet all of the requirements.

The total tuition for the 720-hour (18-week) academy is $5,000. This includes tuition, books, and academy uniform shirts. You are not allowed to work another job (including sworn officers working at your agency) on days the academy is in session. The Law Enforcement Academy is financial aid eligible. Madison Area Technical College holds two academy classes per year. One during the Fall semester and one during the Spring semester.

Submissions for agency-sponsored recruits must be in at least 30 days prior to the start of the academy, and also require a physical readiness (fitness) testing certificate for entry.  As a pre-service applicant, you should follow the deadlines listed on the Admissions tab. For sworn recruit enrollment information, contact Kris Rauls at (608) 245-5888 or

Program Details

Students in the Academy must attend full-time.

Classes are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some topics require evening attendance. The Department of Justice requires you attend 100 percent of the training unless excused by the academy director. Excused absences are extremely limited and will only be granted under certain circumstances.

The Law Enforcement Academy is offered in the Protective Services Building at the Truax campus and requires travel to off-site locations.

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.


Spring Fulltime Academy: January 11, 2021 – May 14, 2021 (applications CLOSED - all seats are full)

Fall Full Time Academy: August 16, 2021 – December 17, 2021 (applications due May 1 – June 15, 2021)

Early applications are not accepted.

Madison College offers basic law enforcement academy training to those persons not yet hired as a law enforcement officer, but who wish to fund and enroll in the training themselves. The process for civilian entry into the academy is not automatic, and requires a complete assessment to include a background investigation, interview panel, skills assessment and a physical readiness test. Madison College only accepts those persons who demonstrate the ability, responsibility and maturity needed to successfully complete our training academy and gain employment as a law enforcement officer. Recruits who enter our academy prior to being hired by a police agency are termed "pre-service." We proudly have a placement rate of over 90 percent within six months of graduation from our police academy for pre-service recruits. You can apply to the Madison College Law Enforcement Academy as a pre-service student if you meet the following qualifications:

  • At least age 18 years old
  • A U.S. citizen
  • Completed 60 associate degree level college credits at an accredited college or university
  • Have no felony charges, domestic abuse injunctions or mental commitment history
  • Have a valid driver's license with minimum infractions over the past seven years

To apply as a pre-service candidate to the academy, please read and follow the entire process below.

Part One: Documentation & Fitness Testing

Download and complete:


  • Official copies of your college transcripts
  • Official proof of high school graduation or equivalency
  • Your driver's record (available online)
  • Military discharge records (if applicable)

Drop off or mail documents to:

Madison College Law Enforcement Academy
1701 Wright St.
Madison, WI 53704


Physical Readiness Test You may schedule your test date while your application is in review.

Late or incomplete applications are not considered for entry into the academy.

Part Two: Interview

If your application passes review, you will be notified of your interview, it is within 75 days of the start of the Law Enforcement Academy.

Part Three: Conditional Acceptance

Based on the results of your interview and fitness test, you may receive a conditional acceptance letter into the academy as a pre-service recruit and directions for fingerprinting and a criminal background check.

Part Four: Final Acceptance

If you pass the Department of Justice background check, you will receive the academy training schedule, uniform requirements, policies, and orientation information.                                                          


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2021-2022 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


After completing the Law Enforcement Academy at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Make Decisions: Students must make sound decisions which are legal, ethical, do not compromise safety, do not compromise investigations, resolve situations at least temporarily and promote long-term problem solving.
  • Use Tactics: Students must use sound tactics by using effective tactical evaluation, deploying resources appropriately, maximizing the use of cover and concealment, using appropriate positioning and movement.
  • Manage Emergencies: Students must manage emergencies effectively by taking charge, determining priorities, stabilizing scenes, preserving life and evidence, identifying additional resources needed and returning scenes to normal.
  • Conduct Investigations: Students must conduct effective investigations by assessing and stabilizing scenes, identifying and locating victims and witnesses, conducting effective interviews and interrogations, identifying, collecting, and preserving physical evidence, documenting physical and testimonial evidence.
  • Articulate and Document Actions: Students articulate and document actions effectively by preparing and using field notes, preparing written reports and associated paperwork, explaining the rationale behind actions taken, and testifying regarding observations and actions.
  • Interact with Others: Students will communicate and interact with others effectively by showing respect, exhibiting a professional attitude and demeanor, adapting to situations, and displaying sensitivity for diverse cultures and individuals.

Prospective employers throughout Wisconsin consider Madison College Law Enforcement graduates top candidates. Program graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field including:

  • Revenue Agent
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Police Officer
  • Special Agent
  • Park Ranger
  • Conservation Warden

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Detective
  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Chief

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates134543
    Number of Surveys Sent134543
    Number of Surveys Returned91915
    Percent of Surveys Returned69.20%42.20%34.90%
    Available for Employment61814
    Percent Available for Employment66.70%94.70%93.30%
    Not in Labor Market311
    Percent Not in Labor Market33.30%5.30%6.70%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed61614
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%88.90%100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation51613
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation83.30%100.00%92.90%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation101
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation16.70%0.00%7.10%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment020
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%11.10%0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses61814
    Very Satisfied (4)479
    Percent Very Satisfied66.70%38.90%64.30%
    Satisfied (3)2115
    Percent Satisfied33.30%61.10%35.70%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses91915
    Preparation for Getting a Job6109
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job66.70%52.60%60.00%
    Career Change063
    Percent Career Change0.00%31.60%20.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills012
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%5.30%13.30%
    Preparation for Further Education311
    Percent Preparation for Further Education33.30%5.30%6.70%
    Personal Interest010
    Percent Personal Interest0.00%5.30%0.00%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses6914
    Before Enrollment225
    Percent Before Enrollment33.30%22.20%35.70%
    While Attending the College030
    Percent While Attending the College0.00%33.30%0.00%
    After Training at the College449
    Percent After Training at the College66.70%44.40%64.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses61614
    In College District4149
    Percent In College District66.70%87.50%64.30%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District223
    Percent of In Wisconsin33.30%12.50%21.40%
    Outside of Wisconsin002
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%14.30%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count3129
    Average Monthly Wage$4,142 $4,464 $4,296
    Average Hourly Wage$24.08 $25.96 $24.98
    Average Work Hours per Week5040.740.8
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count113
    Average Hourly Wage$16.00 $13.00 $21.06
    Average Work Hours per Week302024
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Brodhead Police Dept Police Officer Brodhead
    Cambridge Area EMS Paramedic Cambridge
    City of Fitchburg Fire Dept Police Officer Fitchburg
    Jefferson City Police Dept Police Officer Jefferson
    Maple Bluff EMS & Fire Police Officer
    Reedsburg Police Dept Police Officer Reedsburg
    Sauk County Sheriff's Dept Sheriff's Deputy Baraboo
    Town of Troy Police Dept Police Officer Troy MI
    University Of Wisconsin Police Department Police Officer
    UW - Oshkosh Police Officer Oshkosh
    Verona Police Dept Police Officer Verona
    Village of Waunakee Police Officer Waunakee

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