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.