Lateral Transfer Program

The Fitchburg Police Department seeks individuals with law enforcement experience at the municipal, county, or state level to join our team as part of our lateral transfer program. Individuals with qualifying law enforcement experience will receive year-for-year credit with placement on the corresponding salary level and Increased sick leave and vacation.

Officers hired as a lateral transfer from another state will have 12 months to successfully complete the State of Wisconsin Reciprocity Exam.

Earn up to $83,889 a year with 10 years of qualifying law enforcement experience.

Bilingual Incentive

The City of Fitchburg recognizes the value of employees who can communicate with residents and customers in languages other than English and offers incentive pay of $0.50 for all hours paid to employees who are fluent in one or more of the eligible languages of Spanish, Hmong, and American Sign Language.

About Fitchburg

The City of Fitchburg Police Department seeks individuals interested in becoming a part of an organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the diverse and growing City of Fitchburg. Situated between our state's capital and rural farmland, the geography of Fitchburg is as diverse as the people we serve.

The City of Fitchburg's location, diversity, and its many other assets affords a great deal of opportunity for those interested in a career in community-policing-oriented law enforcement.  Community-oriented policing has long served as the foundation for our department, and community engagement remains a top priority.

The Opportunity

New officers will be able to participate in all aspects of police work, from community engagement and problem-solving to criminal investigations and traffic enforcement. With an authorized sworn-staff strength of 55 officers, our department allows new officers to develop and experienced officers to grow further in a more connected work environment.  
Following completion of a probationary period, new officers become eligible to apply for specialized positions, including: K9 Handler, Evidence Technician, Honor Guard, Motorcycle Officer, S.R.T. (Special Response Team), Tactics Instructors, Drone Pilot, and more.

The Ideal Candidate

Ideal candidates will be self-motivated, conscientious individuals, ready for a unique and challenging career who are able to think critically, solve problems and effectively communicate with a wide array of individuals.
Prior law enforcement experience is not required, however the department welcomes experienced officers as part of our lateral-transfer program. Selected candidates who are not already certified law-enforcement officers or are not certifiable as a law enforcement officer in the State of Wisconsin will be sponsored through a 720-hour law enforcement academy.

The Details

All City of Fitchburg employees receive an excellent benefit package, including enrollment in the Wisconsin Retirement System (consistently rated one of the country's best).

Officers and detectives are members of the Fitchburg Police Officers Association and have a collective bargaining agreement in place.

2023 Officer Pay Scale (based on shifts starting between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. )
Academy Rate (2,080 hours)$64,428
Starting (1,950 hours)$65,890
After 1 Years$71,097
After 2 Years$74,344
After 3 Years$76,050
After 4 Years$80,535
After 7 Years$82,309
After 10 Years$83,889

Officers work 1,950 hours a year and are generally assigned to six, eight-hour, work days followed by three days off. 

Officers are provided a ballistic vest and issued a handgun. Officers receive a $725 uniform allowance.

All department members are supported by wellness efforts including an annual check-in with a mental health professional, a peer support and wellness team consisting of department members and chaplains, and an employee assistance program.

The Hiring Process

All applicants will be provided the opportunity to share their relevant professional and life experience as it relates to the position of police officer via written essay. Applications will be scored and ranked based on essay responses, educational background, prior law enforcement experience, veteran status and other qualifications. A select number of applicants will be invited to participate in a panel interview. Invitations for an interview with the Chief of Police will be extended following the panel interviews.

Selected applicants will undergo a full background investigation and must complete an eight-hour ride-along with a field-training officer. Applicants must also pass a drug-screen, medical evaluation, and psychological assessment. Applicants who are not certified law enforcement officers or certifiable as a law enforcement officer must also pass the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice's Physical Readiness Test before beginning the law enforcement academy.

Current Hiring Process

Applications are accepted on a continual basis.
Questions related to the application/process should be directed to the Human Resources Department.


The City of Fitchburg Human Resources Department coordinates the hiring process.  Questions regarding the process can be directed to the Human Resources Department. 

Apply Here

When the hiring process is closed, potential applicants can complete a job interest card online to be notified when a new police officer hiring process opens.

Job Interest Card

Speak with a Recruiter

Do you have questions about a career as a police officer with the City of Fitchburg? Contact our recruiting team to ask questions and learn more.


Call: (608)270-4326

Ride-Along Program

The Fitchburg Police Department encourages anyone interested in working for our department to participate in our “Ride-Along Program”. By participating in this program, you will receive a better understanding and knowledge of what it would be like to work for our department. Ride-Along Forms are available online, or you can contact us at (608) 270-4300.

Request a Ride-Along