The Wisconsin State Patrol is recruiting men and women ready to begin a law enforcement career serving as a trooper or inspector.

Candidates must apply online at Those accepted into the State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy will receive a salary ($21 per hour) plus meals and lodging during their six-month (Monday to Friday) training. The State Patrol’s 65th Recruit Class will begin training on Sept. 15 and graduate on March 20, 2020. Previous recruit classes have ranged in size from 25 to 50 cadets. The application deadline is March 31.

“We’re looking for dedicated men and women interested in law enforcement who enjoy a challenge and the satisfaction that comes from serving and protecting the public,” State Patrol Captain Paul Matl said in a Wisconsin Department of Transportation news release. “At the academy, cadets receive comprehensive training from experienced law enforcement officers and graduate ready to serve as troopers or inspectors.”

Traditionally, applicants were required to hold an associate degree or have at least 60 college credits before attending the academy. However, that rule has been amended, and cadets now have five years from their date of hire with the State Patrol to earn an associate degree or 60 college credits.

Along with enforcing traffic and criminal laws, State Patrol officers can serve in a variety of roles, including pilots, K-9 officers, crash reconstruction experts and commercial motor vehicle inspectors. More information on State Patrol careers, including cadet training videos can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website at

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